Guys, running an application on Vmware 6.5 U2 with VMFS backed by NetApp C mode 9.3 clusters. The application currently writes out a lot of files to a CIFS share. The reason this was done is so CIFS volume snapshots could be run regularly thus providing a file level restore capability if needed. Also, because this integrates with windows 'previous versions' the app admin can restore files without interaction with the storage admin. Now the problem is the latency of CIFS writes is becoming an issue.
What options would there be to provide file level restore capability to the app admin on regular OS drive (backed obviously with a VDMK or Raw Device Mapping).
Based on the info provided regarding the setup you have in your environment; if you are looking to be able to backup and perform file level restore for the app itself within VMware without having to go through the cifs process. You can use Snapcenter NetApp product that utilize a plugin on the VMware in able to perform backup and restore.