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Backup from Storage Snapshots

  • Create backups and replicas directly from storage snapshots
  • Minimize data loss without sacrificing productivity
  • Integrate with the world’s leading storage providers
  • Back up and replicate as often as every 15 minutes

Fast VMware vSphere Backup with Low RPOs

Achieve High Availability through a combination of Veeam® Backup & Replication™ and the world’s leading storage providers. With Veeam, you can create true backups and replicas from snapshots as often as you’d like — even during business hours — with little to no impact on your production environment.
Backup from Storage Snapshots
Backup from Storage Snapshots

Storage Partners for Every Business

Veeam’s ever-expanding list of storage partners makes it possible for nearly every business to leverage snapshots to reduce the impact on production and lower RTOs and RPOs. 
Partner
Storage
Backup
from Storage Snapshots
Backup from Storage Snapshots
with Snapshot Retention
Veeam Explorer for
Storage Snapshots
On-Demand Sandbox
for Storage Snapshots
primary Snapshot Orchestration secondary SNAPSHOT ORCHESTRATION
Cisco HyperFlex            
Dell EMC
Unity, VNX, VNXe            
Fujitsu ETERNUS DX and AF Series*            
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 
(HPE)
3PAR StoreServ           **
StoreVirtual            
Nimble Storage           ***
Huawei OceanStor*            
IBM
Spectrum Virtualize, Storwize Family, SVC
           
N-Series           ***
INFINIDAT 
InfiniBox*
           
Lenovo
V-Series            
DM-Series
          ***
NetApp
FAS and AFF Series           ***
HCI and SolidFire*
           
Pure Storage
FlashArray*
           
Western Digital IntelliFlash*            

* Requires a separate plug-in download
** Snapshot creation on peer persistent target
*** Snapshot replication

Note: Any converged infrastructure platform that uses the integrated storage solutions listed above is supported.

Dramatically Improve VMware vSphere Backup

Taking VMware vSphere snapshots can significantly slow virtual machine (VM) performance and require considerable effort to meet SLAs.

Veeam improves this process by providing built-in integration with your production storage and leveraging storage snapshot functionality to reduce the impact on the environment from vSphere snapshot removal during backup and replication.

Don’t be stuck with once-a-day backups for I/O intensive workloads—make backups and replicas as often as every 15 minutes!

A job keeps a VM snapshot for only a brief moment, which results in instant VM snapshot commit
A job keeps a VM snapshot for only a moment, which results in instant VM snapshot commitment

Reduce the Impact on Your Environment

Storage snapshots can be taken frequently with minimal impact to the production environment, but this can’t be your only backup solution. What if storage itself goes down or gets corrupted? Even with storage-based replication, you need to take your data out of the single-fault domain. This is why many customers prefer to also make true backups stored on different storage.

Veeam combines the best of both worlds with vSphere snapshots for application-consistent backups and storage snapshots for fast RPOs. Now you can:

  • Run backups at any time and frequency to improve RPOs
  • Speed up the process and back up from storage snapshots up to 50 times faster than with competing solutions
  • Dramatically reduce the impact of backup activities on your production environment

Read more about our storage snapshot support from the Veeam blog:

How It Works:

Veeam Backup & Replication works with storage providers and VMware to create backups and replicas from storage snapshots. The backup/replica job:

  1. Analyzes which VMs in the job have disks on supported storage.
  2. Triggers a vSphere snapshot for all VMs located on the same storage volume. (As a part of a vSphere snapshot, Veeam’s application-aware processing of each VM is performed normally.)
  3. Triggers a snapshot of the storage volume once all VM snapshots have been created.
  4. Retrieves the CBT information for VM snapshots created in step two.
  5. Triggers the removal of vSphere snapshots on production VMs.
  6. Mounts the snapshot to a backup proxy connected to the storage fabric.
  7. Reads new and changed virtual disk data blocks directly from the storage snapshot and transports them to the backup repository or replica VM.
  8. Removes the storage snapshot once all VMs are backed up.

As a result, VMs run off snapshots for the shortest possible time, while jobs obtain data from VM snapshot files preserved in the storage snapshot. Because of this, VM snapshots do not get a chance to grow and can be committed very quickly without overloading production storage with extended merge procedures, as is the case with classic techniques for backing up from VM snapshots.

How Backup from Storage Snapshots works
How Backup from Storage Snapshots works

Recovery from Storage Snapshots with Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

Backup is nothing without recovery. With Veeam, you can tackle virtually any recovery scenario including granular recovery from storage snapshots.