Is it the end of backup snapshots?

By Eyal Traitel for Beyond The Blocks - Monday, February 20, 2017


More often than not, when discussing with customers their data protection schemes, I get to hear about snapshot schedules and backup application configurations. At the same time, I get to hear about how critical is their IT service to their organizations.

This constant conflict has increased so much that the customers are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on non-stop replication and copy data management solutions. So why is that?

Let me borrow an analogy for my dear colleague Fred Nix. If you drive a very fast car at 90 mph, do you really want to wear a seatbelt only once every four hours?

Looking back at the beginning of my storage career, snapshot backups were “the” feature all vendors aspired to have. It was so much better than tape backup, so nobody has ever looked back since. But seriously, the beginning of the century was a different era, with fewer applications, lower throughput use cases, and only physical servers.

Today, almost 20 years later, virtualization being the norm, with the use of Flash devices of different kinds, and servers equipped with onboard 10 GbE ports, hundreds of thousands of IOPS are stored every second. As IO rates increased tenfold since the golden age of snapshots, who can afford to lose so much change when a recovery is needed?

So now that we understand that snapshots don’t make the cut anymore, it’s time to ask what can actually replace snapshots? As mentioned earlier, some deep-pocket customers are deploying different forms of continuous data protection.

Typically, these solutions require additional, dedicated backup appliances and management software that is separate from the rest of the environment. Obviously, nothing comes free - there is a considerable expense and ongoing administrative cost that adds up above the standard storage management.

However, even then, after deploying separate environments, VMs and applications can be recovered from infrequent points in time - practically tens of minutes apart - at best.

Having started with the desire to simplify data protection and storage management overall, customers are finding that these solutions end up making their life more complex.

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Eyal Traitel

Written by Eyal Traitel

Eyal has 20 years of global experience in diverse roles in IT, Support, Engineering, Sales, Consulting and Product Marketing, in diverse locations (Israel, Netherlands and United States). He is highly skilled in system administration, SAN and NAS concepts, design, implementation and architecture. Experienced in pre-sales activities such as RfPs, demos and presentations and marketing events, competitive analysis, product gap analysis and product positioning planning.

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