It’s Here! Data Fabric Solution for Cloud Backup – End-to-End Cloud Backup for NAS File Services

By Jason Blosil, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, NetApp


At NetApp Insight 2015, Joe CaraDonna gave a glimpse of what customers could expect in the future as part of the NetApp Data Fabric vision. One use case was a snazzy demonstration of how ONTAP storage customers could back up data to the cloud directly via AltaVault and some management GUI coolness.


Fast forward about 11 months, and Joe CaraDonna was again on stage to show a teaser of the solution we will be releasing in the coming months. We call this solution, Data Fabric Solution for Cloud Backup, and it includes SnapMirror integration with AltaVault, as well as some nice management functionality with SnapCenter.


The Data Fabric vision demonstrates that end points, or storage repositories, can be connected to provide efficient data transport, enabling you to access your data where and when you need it most. This fabric of endpoints and connections creates the foundation for deploying applications and services to address your most pressing use cases. The use case for this solution is backup and recovery to and from the cloud, specifically for NAS File Services.


Let’s take a closer look at what we will be delivering to market later in our fiscal Q3, which ends in January. The solution is supported with two topologies and the components include the following:

  1. FAS or AFF running ONTAP 9.1 RC2 or later with a SnapMirror license
  2. AltaVault 4.3
  3. SnapCenter 2.0 with the new Advanced license




1. ONTAP 9.1 and SnapMirror

At the heart of this solution is NetApp SnapMirror which leverages our Snapshot® technology to create fast, space-efficient virtual copies and recovery points of local data on any storage system powered by ONTAP, with support for hundreds of Snapshot copies per volume. Integrating SnapMirror with AltaVault allows us to deliver high speed data replication with “block-level incremental forever” data backup between storage systems and the cloud.


2. AltaVault cloud-integrated storage

NetApp AltaVault offers cost-effective, efficient, and secure backup to almost any cloud, public or private, giving you a powerful alternative to traditional tape-based backup processes. The newly added integration with SnapMirror backup expands the reach of the Data Fabric by adding Snapshot-based replication between an ONTAP device and AltaVault, to support up to 3,654 snapshots per volume (the equivalent of 10 years of daily backups).


3. SnapCenter simplified management

SnapCenter 2.0 adds data protection for NAS File Services, which includes significant enhancements for policy-based management with the ability to create tiered backups with primary Snapshot copies, SnapMirror backups with AltaVault. A new state of the art file catalog is available for fast and easy search and retrieval of files from on-premises or cloud storage. A way cool drag and drop GUI supports configuring replication and retention policies.


Start planning today

The Data Fabric is real. And NetApp is working hard to deliver innovative products and solutions to address your most pressing use cases and new requirements you may not have identified. Explore the many solutions and benefits of the Data Fabric, today.

Hi, great announcement. Just a quick question, we can do this with Commvault or CIFN for a while now...
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Hi Martijn,


Thank you for your comment.


Commvault and other backup partners can support backing up to AltaVault from an ONTAP system. However, the difference here is the support for SnapMirror integration with AltaVault. Our backup partners will rely on streaming backup from the storage through their backup server to then write to AltaVault. With this new solution, SnapMirror can write directly to AltaVault and therby avoid the requirement of a separate backup server and the load it places on your application servers.


Our goal is to have our other backup partners support this new capability. But, first out of the gate will be SnapCenter.





Hi Jason,

The integration with snapmirror is a great feature for AltaVault.

But if you already have CV or CIFN, you can create a local copy, a tape copy and a cloud copy from your data. If needed a snapmirror or snapvault to another fas can all be managed from one interface.

This saves you the addition of AltaVault and the cost that come with it.


I would love see the business case between the two.




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Hi Martijn,


You are right that there are many things that Commvault can do. And many things they do very well. The combination of Commvault technology with NetApp technology offers a very compelling value proposition.  


There are things that AltaVault does exceptionally well, including high performance global data reduction, encryption and cloud backup. The integration of SnapMirror with AltaVault extends the value proposition of SnapMirror for array-based data replication to the cloud. As a result, many customers will not need to incur the incremental expense of high value backup software. Additionally, traditional backup deployments can tax networks and burden application servers which can impact production performance during backup operations.


Without any specifics to compare, any solution comparison will often highlight tradeoffs in terms of functionality, performance, and cost. Providing customers with solution alternatives through our own development and through strategic partnerships enables our customers to deploy the right solution for their environment.





Hi Jason,

Any update when Snapcenter 2.0 will be available?
Also can you please clarify the"advanced license" which is needed, does snapmanager or premium bundle include this??

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Be on the lookout for the release late next week. Still planned before the end of January. 


Regarding the Advanced License, it is not included in the Premium Bundle, but we will be offering it as a $0 charge license for a limited time. Check with your sales rep for details.