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SnapCenter backup target



My customer does want to keep their Ontap OnPrem SnapCenter backups on public clouds like Azure, AWS or GCP. Will it be possible to keep them on S3 storage in a direct way (like we do with HCI/Solidfire) or the only way would be to subscribe Cloud Volumes Ontap on such public clouds? We thank your help




Re: SnapCenter backup target


I doubt there is a direct way to replicate data directly to S3.


I was exploring similar options sometime time back but due to very small storage foot-print of the branch office and serving just few VMs (NO CIFS), so CVO was a overkill, so we decided to continue using AltaVault route. Basically, vaulting to AVA and from AVA to S3. Not exactly direct but meets our requirement (secondary backups).


I think for direct S3,  I see two approaches:
1) Tiering (Fabric-pool) : This is tiering cold data to S3, but this is not BACKUP, still a primary data suitable to off load infrequent data from SSDs.
2) Using CVO: Yes, this can be a solution.

I would again use the term snapcenter secondary backups, b'cos Primary is the local restore-points (which is on-disk WAFL snapshots) cannot be called backups technically.


In the SnapCenter GUI, under Policies : When you create or edit the policy, under replication tab - there is a Vault/Mirror, this option will allow you to send this data across.


I guess you want to send it to S3:
S3 is file-object : Solution here would be to - SnapMirror data (SnapCenter on-premise snaps) to a destination volume in "Cloud Volumes ONTAP" which will in-turn do the tiering and offloads that data directly to Amazon S3.


CVO: is a EBS (block storage), however S3 is file-object. Therefore, you will be doing :

On-premise SnapCenter Snaps -------> Mirror -----> CVO (Running another ONTAP Image with flexvol) -------> Vaulting------> to S3.


The biggest advantage of using CVO is that it provides 'DR' solution as well. You have the parallel site (for critical apps) running on CLOUD, so even if the on-premise site has to go down due to whatever reasons, you can switch to ONTAP running on the Cloud (i.e CVO).


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