Oracle has the ability to use crash consistent snapshots as valid backups (TR-3858) which means that entire volumes of Oracle databases can be easily backed up and restored with little intrusion into the guest OS at the time of the snapshot.
I am doing my due diligence on MSSQL and was wondering if there is anything that can be done to provide the same capability for MSSQL. While we do have the SMSQL software, we are looking for an easier methodology to deploy, since we have literally hundreds of MSSQL databases.
Running NFS datastores to VMware
All database/OS files are contained within VMDKs on the same volumes (no consistency groups needed)
Various MSSQL versions...
Average database size ~300Gb