White Paper

Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect Management Software
May 2011 | WP-7131


This white paper explains how NetApp® SnapProtect® management software addresses the problems associated with protecting applications, data, and virtual infrastructure in complex virtual server environments. SnapProtect is a comprehensive backup and recovery platform that combines NetApp Snapshot® replication, and storage efficiency technologies with tape in a single solution that delivers faster backup and recovery, simplified management, and lower long-term costs.

.................................................................... 3  3  A FORWARD-LOOKING APPROACH TO BACKUP AND RECOVERY .................................................................................................................... 15  LIST OF FIGURES Figure 1) Summary of NetApp SnapProtect features .....................................TABLE OF CONTENTS 1  INTRODUCTION: DATA CENTERS ARE EVOLVING ....................................................... 6  5  ADVANCED BACKUP AND RECOVERY THROUGH VIRTUALIZATION AND APPLICATIONAWARENESS ................................................................................ 9  7  LOWER COSTS WITH BUILT-IN EFFICIENCIES ................................................................................................................. 11  AUTODISCOVER AND PROTECT VMs ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5  OVERVIEW: NETAPP SNAPPROTECT BACKUP AND RECOVERY SOFTWARE ....................... 12  9  CONCLUSION....................................................................................... 7  6  UNIFIED MANAGEMENT OF FULL-SCALE BACKUP AND RECOVERY PROCESSES .......................... 10  8  NETAPP SNAPPROTECT USE CASES ........................................................................ 3  2  BACKUP AND RECOVERY NEEDS TO BE MODERNIZED FOR VIRTUAL SERVER ENVIRONMENTS ............................................................................... 5  THE IMPORTANCE OF NETAPP SNAPSHOT TECHNOLOGY TO BACKUP AND RECOVERY ...................................... 5  4  ACCELERATED BACKUP AND RECOVERY FOR VIRTUAL INFRASTRUCTURES ............................................................................................................... 11  DISASTER RECOVERY IN A VMWARE ENVIRONMENT........ 6  Figure 2) SnapProtect in a virtual server environment ................................ 10 Figure 3) Disaster recovery in a VMware environment with cloning for additional business activities……14 2 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect .........................................................................................

based on nightly data transfer. which are highly dependent on physical resources. In this model. some resource requirements remained static while others grew exponentially. like virtualization. Therefore. Moving from silos to a virtualized dynamic data center takes time. is not sustainable in virtualized environments. Compounding this dilemma. and application data must all be protected around the clock. 2 3 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect .” a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of NetApp. This may work for small to medium-size environment.” Gartner Data Center Presentation by Dave Russell. This approach. and compliance with a 42% risk-adjusted 1 ROI over 3 years (based on a composite organization). often as high as 90%. high availability. The challenge is that legacy backup methods. Backup and recovery must be modernized to adapt to the flexibility of virtual infrastructures. and for good reason. Unlike databases or even semistructured data such as e-mail. disaster recovery. Virtualization shares compute resources among applications in a way that both reduces costs and increases agility. NetApp Integrated Data Protection provides virtualization and application-aware backup and recovery management as part of a comprehensive solution that delivers enterprise-level backup. But it’s a journey that enterprises are willing to take. Historically. data centers have operated purpose-built silos that remained independent of each other. They rely on legacy techniques of copying blocks of data from one environment to another by using a backup server. Data center evolution is not an event. Even new methods of backup. are no different from traditional backup solutions. “overall growth rates are typically 40% to 60% per year” 2 using even more resources for protection. shared storage infrastructures that magnify and extend the benefits of server virtualization to the storage layer. may not be adequately protecting your virtual infrastructure and vital application data. but an ongoing process. but not for large environments with high server and storage density and small to no backup windows. so must the way in which virtualized IT assets are protected. NetApp delivers flexible. including VMware® VADP. as data centers evolve. The savings are real and the supporting technologies. “Backup and Beyond: Rearchitecting Data Recovery. Virtual Machines (VMs). 2 MODERNIZING BACKUP AND RECOVERY FOR VIRTUAL SERVER ENVIRONMENTS The good news is that some or all of your applications and data are running on virtual servers and your savings are accumulating. 1 “The Total Economic Impact on NetApp Integrated Data Protection. Virtual server implementations maximize the utilization of physical hardware resources to run applications. the applications that run on VMs. NetApp takes a forward-looking approach to backup and recovery that accelerates and simplifies the way you protect your dynamic virtual infrastructures. enabling IT to be more responsive to changing demands for resources. December 2010. December 2010. Fast-growing unstructured data such as files generated by office productivity applications are of particular concern. which results in compute resource overload. with no effective way to share resources among applications. are quickly becoming mainstream.1 INTRODUCTION: DATA CENTERS ARE EVOLVING Virtual server technology allows enterprises to aggressively drive down costs while delivering expected service levels. no matter how efficient.

and databases should be the foundation of a strategic end-to-end backup solution. number of applications. file. When data becomes inaccessible. • Restore virtual infrastructure and associated applications and data faster. applications. • • • • • 4 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect . IT pros are under pressure to: • Shrink backup windows in virtual server environments. In addition. and to replicate data among local and remote storage arrays for fast restores and disaster recovery are just a few of the capabilities required of a full-scale backup and recovery solution for virtualized server environments. Traditional backup and recovery products struggle to meet ever-tightening recovery time objectives (RTOs). but often the backup approach has not kept pace. although doing an excellent job of lowering costs for production workloads. Minimize impact on production operations that host many virtual servers. Furthermore. NetApp Snapshot technology resolves these issues efficiently. It’s not only point solutions for virtual and physical servers and applications that can complicate management and drive up costs. Reduce time spent managing backup and recovery processes. The effect of this is that virtualized infrastructures. it's still necessary to support tape for long-term storage. Backup is an essential function that can disrupt production operations if it is not managed effectively. Separate tools and processes for managing backup and disaster recovery as discrete processes can also increase costs. Multiple-point solutions like virtual server-specific backup tools and database or applicationspecific backup products can make backup management fragmented. and virtual infrastructure concurrently. Using traditional backup methods. legacy “full plus incremental” backup methods use excessive compute resources and storage capacity. and they may not be able to recover application-consistent data easily and quickly. However. Reduce costs associated with backup and recovery efforts. Consolidate backup and recovery in combined virtual-physical (hybrid) server environments. Protect information. on demand. more compute-intensive backup methods. and network infrastructure have grown immensely. Lack of easy and complete reporting to prove backup job success is also an ongoing source of frustration. to back up multiple VMs on the same physical host. applications. Therefore it’s important to deploy a solution that affects virtual hosts as little as possible. and application levels. Backup often doesn’t figure significantly in these calculations. Integration with major virtualization platforms. For these reasons. users expect that it can be recovered quickly. In addition. Today’s virtual server infrastructures have different requirements than traditional physical infrastructures. filling the protection gap left by slower. it grows organically and unmanaged. inefficient.there is no central owner or administrator for most unstructured data. and success rates should be much higher and easier to achieve. and ineffective. leaving IT to manage Snapshot operations and backup in parallel. As a result. Snapshot copies are not typically integrated into end-to-end backup and recovery processes. The ability to back up data at the image. crunching numbers for memory and network resources to get the most out of every VM. Virtual server farms. introduce complexity that can expand backup windows. The amount of time and skill required to keep backup functioning is no small matter. IT pros want to maximize the number of VMs per physical server. physical servers and the applications they host shouldn’t require separate backup management. by today's standards. it’s not unusual to hear from IT managers that daily backups for virtual infrastructures are taking more than 24 hours and weekly backups are taking several days or not finishing at all. Backup should require much less administrative effort than it often does.

NetApp introduced its Snapshot technology more than 15 years ago and still offers the most space-efficient snapshots in the industry. you can copy your important data more frequently. OVERVIEW: NETAPP SNAPPROTECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE NetApp SnapProtect software manages backup. Efficiency to reduce administrative costs. simplify. 5 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect . It enables tight. NetApp Snapshot. data-dense virtual server environments. THE IMPORTANCE OF NETAPP SNAPSHOT TECHNOLOGY TO BACKUP AND RECOVERY NetApp Snapshot technology is the key to defeating the backup window challenge in dynamic virtual server environments. Not all snapshots are created equal. Most of these offerings are limited by their use of copy-on-write (COW) technology. efficient recovery point objectives (RPOs). The advantage of this approach is that it requires only one I/O operation to update a block versus the three required with COW technology. and the third operation overwrites the original and metadata blocks. All of this reading and writing can drag down the performance of primary storage systems. particularly in demanding virtual server environments. cataloging Snapshot copies for faster search and e-discovery response. It allows you to perform rapid.3 A FORWARD-LOOKING APPROACH TO BACKUP AND RECOVERY Objective and Strategy Objective: Accelerate. operating seamlessly across defined storage tiers. SnapProtect simplifies long-term retention. and replication processes across virtual servers. Application awareness to deliver expected service levels for recovery of mission-critical data. SnapProtect helps to control costs by leveraging the NetApp Data ONTAP® operating system for deduplication and other storage efficiency technologies. from local Snapshot copies to tape. physical infrastructures. COW requires three independent input/output (I/O) operations. and economize backup and recovery for virtual infrastructures. Other technologies are limited to a much smaller number of snapshots before a complete baseline of the data image and snapshot must also be copied. and enterprise applications from a single interface. leaving previous versions of blocks in their original locations. as well as managing replication for disaster recovery and business continuity. such as nightly incremental backups to reduplicated NetApp FAS systems or SANconnected tape. SnapProtect accelerates virtual infrastructure and application recovery by using virtualization and application-aware software agents. The first operation reads the original and metadata blocks. storing hundreds of Snapshot copies in minimal storage space. with minimal production impact. Policies can be set for Snapshot copy destinations. the second operation copies the original and metadata blocks to their new locations. With NetApp. NetApp Snapshot technology writes new blocks in new locations on the disk. This is a major contributor to the NetApp success in meeting backup and recovery requirements in dynamic virtual server environments. minimizing management complexity. and weekly according to business objectives and priorities. SnapProtect controls the entire progression of data through a single workflow. consistent backups in consolidated. Top considerations in our strategy are: • • • • • Speed to keep pace with virtual system changes and to minimize impact on production operations. daily. Snapshot copies are point-in-time copies that save only incremental changes to the active file system and can be created and scheduled hourly. Simplify management to reduce the time and skill required to protect virtual infrastructures. Strategy: Integrate highly efficient NetApp Snapshot and replication technologies into a full-scale backup and recovery solution that integrates with major server virtualization platforms. Extensibility from backup to business continuity and primary disk to tape.

6 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect . plus application-consistent restores.Key Capabilities: • • • • • • • • Delivers application-aware backups of virtual machines and the applications they run for faster backup and recovery in complex virtual server environments. Leverages APIs from major hypervisors and application providers for automated protection of VMs and granular backups. not hours or days. Provides catalog and content search capabilities to quickly locate and restore individual files or data objects. increasing backup speeds by up to 98%. simplifying protection of virtual infrastructures and application data. Manages backup from a single interface with the ability to set repeatable policies and automate tasks. Extensible for long-term retention. and SnapMirror® technologies. and business continuity by using NetApp SnapVault®. Incorporates NetApp industry-leading storage efficiencies to control costs. 4 ACCELERATED BACKUP AND RECOVERY WITH LESS COMPLEXITY Objective and Strategy Objective: Meet business objectives faster through shorter backup windows and accelerated recovery. Uses highly efficient NetApp Snapshot technology to minimize the I/O load placed on production systems. Solves the challenge of legacy backup processes with Snapshot and replication technologies and supports primary and secondary disk and tape for strategic full-scale backup and recovery. compliance. SnapLock®. Figure 1) Summary of NetApp SnapProtect features. Strategy: Integrate technologies into mainstream backup and recovery processes that respond faster in ever-changing virtual server environments and back up hundreds of VMs in minutes.

hundreds of VMs can be protected in minutes. Integration of SnapProtect with NetApp Snapshot copies and with APIs from major virtualization and application vendors plays an important role in the ability of SnapProtect to shrink backup windows in virtual server environments. and support of tape. Snapshot copies take only seconds to minutes to complete backups and restores. The beauty of this approach is that by leveraging NetApp Snapshot copies. SharePoint document. Oracle®. Protects even the largest virtual server environments by using Snapshot copies. database. improve backup windows. The SnapProtect comprehensive management platform integrates high-speed Snapshot and replication technologies as a single process to protect the datastores containing VMs. No longer required are manual “mount and browse” or scripting techniques that use timeconsuming configuration files that can take hours of administrative time per host. Many enterprises have discovered that snapshot technology can speed protection of VMs and application data but have been hampered by non-integrated solutions that require point technologies for management of snapshots. This is particularly advantageous in virtual server environments because SnapProtect 7 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect . This speed can translate into a significant advantage in meeting stringent SLAs and improving recovery time objectives (RTOs) in virtual server environments. Recovery point objectives (RPOs) can also be improved through this method because Snapshot copies can be taken multiple times per day. Catalog and search function speeds up finding specific data objects. One Snapshot copy enables VM. improving e-discovery Accelerated recovery through virtualization and application awareness via integration with APIs. scales to protect thousands of VMs. Multiple recovery points per day provide enhanced recoverability to better meet RTOs and RPOs. disk.Industry analysts are advising their clients to use snapshot technology to improve backup and recovery SLAs and to fill the gap left by traditional backup and recovery processes that can’t keep pace with virtual server proliferation. SnapProtect allows off-production server backups while retaining granular levels for restores. • • • • • • • • Business Advantages: A single solution that can protect both physical and virtual server environments. Strategy: Integrate technologies into mainstream backup and recovery processes that respond faster in ever-changing virtual server environments. SharePoint®. NetApp SnapProtect management software integrates with hypervisors as well as major enterprise applications and databases such as Microsoft® Exchange. 5 ADVANCED BACKUP AND RECOVERY THROUGH VIRTUALIZATION AND APPLICATION AWARENESS Objective and Strategy Objective: Meet business objectives faster through shorter backup windows and accelerated recovery. and tape. and SQL Server®. replication. and lower administrative overhead. Accelerates backup and recovery for complex virtual server infrastructure. Recoveries are completed by using a single-pass routine across Snapshot copies. cut complexity. and Oracle table-level restores. file. mailbox. SAP®. increasing the number of available recovery points. Recovery is further enhanced because accessibility remains the same regardless of where data resides within defined data tiers. Indexed recovery points enable cataloging and searching that can assist with and improve e-discovery processes. Limited impact on production operations and virtual infrastructure due to the efficiency and speed of NetApp Snapshot technology. reduplication. SnapProtect uses minimal production resources when backing up VMs and can protect hundreds of VMs in minutes. and DB2.

Business Advantages: • • • Automatically discover and protect new virtual machines based on predefined criteria. Quickly identify and load requested database tables. SharePoint. You can recover your application data in a consistent state with SnapProtect application-aware features that integrate with major enterprise applications and databases. and recovery of individual VMDKs from a backup copy or a Snapshot copy. SAP. • • • • • 8 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect . Oracle. SnapProtect works equally well in hybrid infrastructure environments. To do this. Unlike virtualization-only backup solutions. the appropriate Snapshot copy is mounted to an available ESX server. SnapProtect initiates Snapshot copies of application and database together to confirm that all data captured by the Snapshot copy is in a known. and policy-based settings allow automated discovery and protection of VMs. consistent state. SnapProtect enables VM backups with granular recovery options. Recover applications and data from any datastore or storage tier on which they reside. SnapProtect puts the database in hot backup mode and coordinates with Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) and Automated Storage Manager (ASM) so that databases are quiesced properly. or VM guest files. using our virtual server agent plus Snapshot copies is a high-speed alternative to legacy backup processes. SnapProtect gives you a view into the backup so that you can recover just what you need. VMDKs (VMware disks) and guest VM information register with the proxy ESX server and VADP to execute off-host protection and metadata collection of each guest operating system internal to the datastore. or specific data objects that reside in VMs. a Snapshot copy is generated. SharePoint. this is accomplished through coordination with the Volume Shadow Services (VSS) subsystem to capture and truncate log files. Flexible recovery options include search and recovery of individual data objects. Backups can be executed to disk or tape. VMware Disk (VMDK) or Virtual Hard Disk (VHD). Once mounted. and DB2. For Oracle. The SnapProtect virtual server agent calls ESX servers to quiesce each of its guests. VM guests remain online during this short process. Recover at any level of granularity: VM. For Microsoft applications and databases such as Exchange. Achieve granular restores at the file image or incremental level. Works with applications running in the VMs to quiesce the dataset and make sure that all data is written to disk so no data is lost. For restores. Recover application data to a known consistent state with application-aware agents that integrate with major enterprise applications and databases: Exchange. This generates a point-in-time consistent image of an application running in a VM.provides visibility into VM disk format and application-level information without leveraging primary system processor resources. In VMware environments. When guest VMs are consistent. documents. and SQL Server. SnapProtect automatically determines the optimal restore-from location based on retention and the point-in-time requested. SQL Server. down to the file and object levels. LUN revert for mass recovery of an entire datastore. such as individual e-mails and documents.

all managed from a unified interface. reducing the amount of time spent managing processes and allowing faster response to requests. and locations that can extend to include disaster recovery. help keep up with fastgrowing virtual server infrastructures and reduce the possibility of human error. available for viewing across virtual and physical infrastructure. SnapProtect is extensible for long-term retention. applications. Business Advantages: • • • • • Operations are handled from a single interface. Strategy: Simplified. Policy-based settings. This equips you with a single policy backup solution across a multi-tiered storage architecture. You can replicate Snapshot copies with NetApp SnapVault for high speed. read many) storage feature. and images by using catalog and index functions gets this job done faster. Comprehensive auditing of Snapshot copies and reporting on the status of backup jobs. business continuity. 9 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect . For compliance requirements. Rapid search for specific VMs. our WORM (write once. Controls and monitors Snapshot copy creation and movement over time and across tiers. and compliance. Sarbanes. enabling compliant and noncompliant data to coexist in the same unit. locations. automated backup and recovery management for virtual infrastructures. Snapshot copies are no longer managed separately from the legacy backup process. SnapLock enables compliance with SEC 17a-4. No data collection operation is required because SRM leverages information generated by backup indexes during the SnapProtect backup process.6 UNIFIED MANAGEMENT OF FULL-SCALE BACKUP AND RECOVERY PROCESSES. HIPAA. When properly configured. potentially under-allocated VMs. Policy-based settings allow simplified. strategic backup and recovery solution. and all of your NetApp storage systems. files. and other regulations. including when and by whom backups are accessed. data. VMs or entire datastores. This means that no additional load is placed on the virtual infrastructure to analyze the exact contents of each VM with an eye toward data growth trends and cost metrics. This information can be used to reallocate storage to mission-critical. supporting disk-to-disk-to-tape strategies and DR. SnapProtect software unifies management and monitors all backup and recovery operations. cost-effective remote recovery.Oxley. automated data protection. It offers a common set of tools for recovering applications and data. SnapLock does not require a separate infrastructure and can be activated on any NetApp system. Data is indexed into a common virtual pool. Reports can be sent to mobile devices or to Microsoft System Center. Storage Resource Management (SRM) for virtual infrastructures can obtain file-level analytics without the need for an agent for each VM on any NetApp NAS system. You can audit Snapshot execution as well as backup and recovery success with comprehensive reporting for all applications and data availability throughout their lifecycle. EXTENSIBLE FOR DISASTER RECOVERY Objective and Strategy Objective: Improve productivity for backup and recovery management in complex virtual infrastructures. so staff can concentrate on strategic initiatives. drives accountability and accuracy into backup processes. SnapProtect software can be used in conjunction with NetApp SnapLock compliance software. optimized for virtual server environments. SnapProtect merges these into a full-scale. which can be easily extended to include disaster recovery (DR). You can also manage and configure highly efficient NetApp SnapMirror replication policies for greater protection against data loss while leveraging VMware Site Recovery Manager for automated site failover for reduced downtime. including automatic discovery and protection of VMs. applications. including automatic discovery and protection of VMs.

Manage long-term retention of weeks or months of backups by using NetApp SnapVault replication software.• Consolidated reporting across virtual server environments. introduced in 1992. NetApp storage efficiencies enable you to back up the maximum amount of data in the smallest possible space. including all applications and data availability throughout their lifecycle. • Figure 2) SnapProtect in a virtual server environment . and improve your ability to restore what users need and improve the reach of e-discovery applications. at the lowest possible cost. Strategy: Leverage NetApp’s extensive suite of efficiency technologies. NetApp Snapshot technology. 7 LOWER COSTS WITH BUILT-IN EFFICIENCIES Objective and Strategy Objective: Effectively control opex and capex across backup and recovery processes. helps eliminate unprotected and orphaned VMs so you can rest assured that your data is protected and that you can potentially reclaim storage and compute resources. was the first widely 10 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect .

clone. business units. You can logically partition physical NetApp storage into multiple virtual storage arrays and divide up your storage resources securely by SLA. VMs are added or moved frequently. used. securely share. To further improve storage utilization. Minimize capacity requirements for backup by as much as 90% and reduce traffic over busy networks by using NetApp FAS and V-Series systems. and compliance with a 42% risk-adjusted ROI 4 over 3 years. or departments as a way to drive down costs." NetApp white paper. Reduce backup sizes by using Snapshot copies that store only new or changed blocks. ROI based on a composite organization. December 2010. 3 Today we offer an extensive suite of virtualized tools that enable IT staff to efficiently and cost effectively back up. Data ONTAP deduplication can be used on all NetApp storage devices to reduce cost and capacity requirements by as much as 90%. replicates volumes or qtrees from source to destination. and more. or downloaded by unauthorized users. You can reduce the administrative overhead required to configure backup jobs in virtual server environments by allowing SnapProtect to automatically discover 3 4 "The NetApp Storage Efficiency Guide. application workload. Consolidate and use less storage by leveraging NetApp deduplication and thin provisioning. 8 NETAPP SNAPPROTECT SOFTWARE USE CASES AUTODISCOVER AND PROTECT VMs In VMware environments. increasing costs and management overhead. To complement the efficiencies inherent in your virtual server environment. Divide up storage resources securely in virtual infrastructures and move data quickly and easily with secure multi-tenancy. protection tier. Business Advantages: • • • • • • • • NetApp Integrated Data Protection delivers enterprise-level backup. Use NetApp RAID-DP® technology in combination with high-density disks for better protection at lower cost. high availability.used storage efficiency feature available on disk-based open systems enterprise storage arrays. and replicate NetApp storage and reduce overall volume requirements by eliminating redundant data blocks. SnapMirror can reduce bandwidth requirements for replication by up to 70% with native network compression. provision. disaster recovery. saving you the expense of acquiring unnecessary disks. using NetApp SnapMirror software. making it difficult to determine whether newly created or moved VMs are protected. Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect 11 . you can share a common storage infrastructure securely across applications. NetApp thin provisioning helps keep costs in check by largely eliminating the need to preallocate storage based on forecasted demand. transferring only unique changed blocks in 4KB increments. Secure multi-tenancy using NetApp MultiStore® software is designed so that no information on a secured virtual partition can be viewed. The storage supporting your virtual server infrastructure naturally accumulates duplicate data over time. disaster recovery.” a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of NetApp. Larry Freeman. November 2010. and compliance. Thin replication. Storage efficiencies apply to primary and secondary tiers for backup. “The Total Economic Impact on NetApp Integrated Data Protection. Significantly minimize network usage with thin replication.

including manual discovery override if needed. configure datastore affinity in the backup set. Enable rule-based discovery and select DataStore Affinity. Or you can add all new or moved VMs or a select group of VMs that satisfy particular criteria to the backup job. including adding new VMs to backup policies based on predefined rules. Click the Configure button. This saves time and provides immediate protection.and add VMs to default protection policies. You can use protection policies to customize SLAs to automatically optimize your virtual server resources. 12 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect . using a discovery rule of Datastore Affinity automatically protects new virtual machines on specific datastores. For example. There is even a catch-all policy that protects VMs that don’t qualify for any predefined policy. The following simple steps in the SnapProtect console are all that’s required to automatically protect VMs with the Datastore Affinity policy. SnapProtect offers several options for automatically discovering virtual machines. removing the need to manually deploy and configure protection policies for each new or moved VM. So that new VMs are automatically added to the subclient. A number of discovery rules are available. You can browse all VMs and their policies and check for VMs added since your last Snapshot copy. Right-click to access the backup set and select Properties.

13 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect .Use the Discover Data Stores button to assign the datastore to the subclient. Newly created or moved VMs are automatically discovered and protected by the policy associated with the selected subclient.

SnapProtect generates FlexClone clones for NAS systems and LUN clones for SAN systems. instantly creating replicas of data volumes and datasets without requiring additional storage space at the time of creation. VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager (SRM) recovers the protected inventory of VMs at the DR site. this use case considers that as your secondary site. By using SnapMirror to mirror data to one or more NetApp storage systems. mirrored to a cross-campus or other local but separate site. to bring up the failed VMs. assuring zero data loss. For LUN clones only.DISASTER RECOVERY IN A VMWARE ENVIRONMENT NetApp SnapProtect extends to protect VMware virtual infrastructures against a regional disaster by using SnapMirror replication technology. The most comprehensive disaster recovery plan includes a secondary or tertiary site* at a remote location that is geographically different from the primary and secondary sites. With FlexClone. With data replicated to a DR site. equipped with high-availability features. you can use the mirrored data wherever and whenever you need it. and asynchronous replication that can meet RPOs ranging from a minute to a day. Both types of clones are based on a Snapshot copy and use no additional storage. The DR site looks similar to a single. Figure 3) Disaster recovery in a VMware environment with cloning for additional business activities 14 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect . whereas a FlexClone clone is based on an entire volume. Figure 3 shows a sample DR configuration in a VMware environment. The difference is that a LUN clone is generated within a volume and is based on a particular LUN. providing high data availability and fast disaster recovery for mission-critical applications running on either virtual or physical servers. SnapProtect provides point-in-time local Snapshot copies of the datastores and manages SnapMirror policies to replicate the datastores from the (primary) protected site to the (DR) recovery site. independent data center. such as NetApp MetroCluster™ software. SnapMirror replicates data over LAN or WAN to a remote site. reinstating the mission-critical applications. accessing the data replica at the DR site. the best practice is to copy clones to a new volume at the DR site to prevent subsequent Snapshot copies on primary systems from becoming locked. SnapMirror supports synchronous replication. The DR environment is now ready to provide the same services as the primary site. A strategic and cost-saving option is to host a variety of VMs running applications at the DR site to make productive use of otherwise idle DR assets by using NetApp ® FlexClone technology. FlexClone clones and LUN clones can be used for essential enterprise operations such as: • • • • Development and testing Training and reporting Off-site tape archiving (replicate to remote site and then back up to tape) Online data migration *If you are running a high-availability cluster. it's important to resume operations as soon as possible following a disaster. you can extend the value of your DR site by cloning your DR data. semisynchronous replication that supports RPOs in seconds with minimal impact on the host application.

ROI based on a composite organization. 15 Accelerate Backup and Recovery in Virtual Server Environments with NetApp SnapProtect 5 . most demanding virtual server environments. and business continuity.9 CONCLUSION The NetApp SnapProtect unified backup and recovery platform lowers costs while minimizing risk in dynamic virtual server environments. and compliance with a 42% risk-adjusted ROI 5 over 3 years. reduce downtime. SnapProtect is part of the NetApp Integrated Data Protection family that delivers enterprise-level backup and recovery. December 2010. compliance. high availability. Combined with full-scale backup and recovery from a single interface. “The Total Economic Impact on NetApp Integrated Data Protection. disaster recovery. this ability saves time and simplifies protection of your virtual data assets. With SnapProtect management software. Application-aware backups and object-level restores in densely consolidated virtual infrastructures deliver better response times. and minimize risk of data loss. SnapProtect leverages the best capabilities of new and existing backup technologies to improve service levels. you can protect hundreds of virtual servers with minimal impact on production operations and scale to handle even the largest.” a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of NetApp. Extensible for long-term retention.

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