Are you finding it difficult to meet backup windows? Is it hard to rapidly recover the data when your business users need it most? Are you dealing with back up costs growing proportionally to data growth? Are you considering backup to the cloud? Often, traditional backup software solutions require large and costly infrastructures that include the backup software as well as servers and storage to support the infrastructure. These backup solutions usually present several management interfaces to handle backup, Snapshot copies, replication, deduplication, and reporting. To make it worse, virtual servers are often left out of the backup rotation and backing up multiple VMs on a single physical system can result in resource overload. This poses a risk if one of those servers needs to be recovered.


According to ESG, 44% of companies that use cloud infrastructure use it for data backup and archiving.[i] If you’re using NetApp FAS, SnapProtect and SteelStore is an easy, cost-effective solution for cloud backup.




NetApp SnapProtect backup management software puts the entire backup architecture under one umbrella. It leverages a unified catalog for NetApp FAS storage so you’re able to work through a single pane of glass to get application consistent and file system backups for your unstructured data. SnapProtect allows you to recover that data leveraging NetApp Snapshots, SnapVault, and SnapMirror, or pull it directly from tape so you can track it through the process and still take advantage of NetApp FAS storage efficiency features like compression, deduplication, and thin provisioning.  Recently released, SnapProtect v10 Service Pack 9 (SP9) includes Data ONTAP 8.3 compatibility including support for MetroCluster Configuration and SMTape support. It also includes support for the NetApp SteelStore cloud integrated appliance.


Many SnapProtect customers have seen significant cost savings. Construction and property management company, Riksbggen, deployed NetApp storage systems at two sites and use SnapProtect for integrated data protection and disaster recovery (DR). “With NetApp and SnapProtect, we’re able to support business continuity and improve performance for business-critical applications while reducing storage and data protection costs by 50%,” said Amir Chizari, manager IT operations, Riksbyggen.


If you’re ready to leverage public or private cloud as part of your backup and archive strategy, consider SnapProtect and NetApp SteelStore. SteelStore delivers enterprise-class data availability with up to 90% lower TCO than traditional methods.


Set up and installation are easy because backup applications allow you to add a SteelStore appliance as a common target within your existing infrastructure. The backup server connects to the SteelStore appliance using standard CIFS or NFS protocols. When you backup to a SteelStore device, it performs inline, variable segment length deduplication of the backup data to reduce storage footprints by up to 30x. SteelStore appliances also use their local disk cache for fast recovery of recent backups, providing LAN performance for the most recent backups. The SteelStore appliance then writes the deduplicated and compressed backup data to cloud storage in a secure encrypted format. SteelStore also accelerates restores from the cloud by moving only needed segments of deduplicated data over the WAN. An easy to use graphical management console enables you to manage one or more SteelStore appliances through a web browser interface.


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How It Works


SnapProtect seamlessly integrates with SteelStore like other backup software solutions. If you have NetApp FAS storage and want to back up to the cloud, SteelStore and SnapProtect is the best solution for easier management and support. This results in a cloud-economics driven backup and recovery strategy with more efficient backups, faster recovery, reduced data loss, ironclad security, and minimal management overhead.


SteelStore doesn’t replace SnapVault or other NetApp backup technologies. It’s best to think of SteelStore as a tape replacement in that it provides, long-term retention and offsite copies at a low cost compared to tape in many situations.


Configuring the SteelStore Appliance


  1. First, the SteelStore Appliance should be connected to a Cloud Storage account for whichever provider you are using. This could be Amazon S3, for example.


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  1. A CIFS share must be created on the SteelStore Appliance for use with SnapProtect.

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Then you can configure SnapProtect. If you have questions, please check the SteelStore documentation available on the NOW site for more details on the configuration.


Configuring SnapProtect

To add the SteelStore appliance to a SnapProtect environment, follow these steps:


Create the Disk-Library using the SteelStore CIFS share.

  1. Go to Storage Resources | Libraries, right-click and select Add | Disk Library

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2. In the Add Disk Library box provide the name for the disk-library.


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If the SteelStore appliance is configured with local permissions, provide the fully qualified CIFS share name to the SteelStore target in the Local Path section. If the SteelStore appliance is configured with Active Directory, select the Network Path section instead. Provide Windows login credentials and the fully qualified CIFS share name to the SteelStore target.


  1. The SteelStore appliance is now available as a Disk Library in the SnapProtect CommServe.

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Create a Storage Policy to the New Disk Library

While creating a Storage-Policy, choose the Disk-Library on SteelStore CIFS share. The disk-library associated with the Storage-Library stores the indexes [for snap/auxiliary backups] as well.

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Leverage Cloud Economics

If you’re using NetApp FAS storage and want to back up to the cloud, SnapProtect and SteelStore together offer an en-to-end solution that is cost-effective and easy to manage.  For more information or a demonstration, contact your NetApp sales representative or authorized NetApp reseller.



[i] ESG Report, “NetApp is Accelerating Your Data Protection Strategy to the Clouds.”