In it, he discusses the pros and cons of using snapshots for backups, and only mentions vendors during the Q&A. So first, kudos to George for doing strictly educational webcasts vs. some of the thinly disguised infomercials we sometimes see. I highly recommend this recorded event if you want to understand things to consider when someone suggests that you look at snapshots for data protection.
As a NetApp guy, I have to point out one of his slides entitled “Modernizing Snapshots”. He discusses the major things to look for in snapshots. I won’t try to steal all his thunder, but in essence, he’s saying that all snapshots are not created equal and we could not agree more. Here are a few of his key points in bold text, and my comments on them as they relate to NetApp (but I still recommend checking out the webcast).
SoSo again, thanks to George Crump for asking the question “Can Snapshots Replace Backups?” and for his eloquent but concise answer on what to look for, to answer this question for yourself.