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NetApp / NDMP

Created: 11 Jan 2012 • Updated: 11 Jan 2012 | 3 comments
LilManTait's picture
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From my understanding, to backup a Netapp, you would use NDMP. I also believe that is the best practice. However, my customer is stating otherwise. Would someone be able to clarify this?

Thanks.

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Nicolai's picture

It by far the fastest option to retrieve data from a NAS device. Other method may work but are very slow (reading data off a CIFS share).

NDMP has it's disadvantages as well, planing required.

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/whitepaper-best-practice-ndmp-backup-veritas-netbackup

NetApp offer a long range of snap backup methods - including snapvault (I think this is what the customer has in mind). But to me snaps that are contained in the samme array isn't really a backup. 

http://www.netapp.com/us/products/protection-software/snapvault.html

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

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Andy Welburn's picture

really a backup"

True, but it can all be done over n/w to another filer - which is what they are intending to replace most of our backup infrastructure......

LilManTait's picture

Thanks for the clarification!