I have 3 main data centers where I have 3 backup FAS NetApp's located which take monthly snapshots from my regional NetApp locations around the world. We are supposed to keep 84 monthly's snaps. I want to offload these snaps to a cheaper location may be tape or some place else so I can free up the space on these primary netapps. What are my options here.
I am thinking of Quantum tape. But do I need a 3rd party software to offload these snaps to tape. Can I use smtape. Will it move the snaps or just copy. NDMP cloud extension NCE seems good but cloud is expensive as we have close to 1 PB of data.
Any other solutions/thoughts to make a cheap archival solution