Veeam has got to be the most successful backup product of all time, with hundreds of thousands of very satisfied customers and over the last few years the solution has been enhanced to include management of storage array snapshots to compliment its already excellent capabilities.
Why storage array snapshot backups?
- Backups can be taken instantly and restores are also instant (as no external data needs to be recovered)
- Whereas conventional backups start to struggle as capacity increases
- Multiple snapshots can be created per day thus providing recovery back to a specific point in time
- Snapshots can be replicated to maintain an off-site copy
- Snapshots can be used to accelerate conventional backups
- Writable snapshots can be used for analytics, testing & development, and reporting
Why NetApp FAS and Veeam?
- NetApp was the pioneer of snapshot based backups with hundreds of thousands of customers using the technology
- FAS was the first platform to be supported by Veeam snapshot management
- FAS has the widest Veeam snapshot management feature set of any supported array
- The latest release of FAS can create 1,023 snapshots per volume (one every few minutes if required)
- FAS remote replicas can include a different snapshot schedule compared to the primary storage (i.e. 14 days v 3 months)
Combining Veeam Backup with NetApp FAS provides a modern data protection and disaster recovery solution that blends the best of snapshot based backups with conventional disk to disk/tape/cloud backups.
The key benefits of this solution are:
- Eliminate tape if required by using:
- Snapshot only backups
- Cloud storage in place of tape
- Eliminate backup windows and take backups every hour or even less
- Instantly restore data in the event of a ransomware outbreak
- Reduce storage costs by combining backup and DR storage
- Easily leverage your backup copies for analytics, testing & development, and reporting
- Use a simple and intuitive application to manage the entire process
Best of all whether you need to restore from a conventional or snapshot backup you can use the same Veeam Explorer technology you have probably been using for years:
What about pricing – is it affordable?
The short answer is yes, but click here to download a flyer that includes a range of solution options and their prices.
So if you use Veeam (or are considering it) and you are looking at a primary storage refresh then I highly recommend that you incorporate snapshots in your data protection strategy and place NetApp FAS high on your short-list of possible new platforms.