NetApp announced a new version of SnapCenter®, version 3.0, in June, and we have now released SnapCenter 3.0 to the public. NetApp® SnapCenter software provides a simple, centralized, scalable, end-to-end data protection and in-place copy data management solution for enterprise data on the premises or in a hybrid cloud. SnapCenter leverages NetApp Snapshot, SnapRestore®, FlexClone®, SnapMirror®, and SnapVault® technologies to provide fast, space-efficient, application-consistent, disk-based backups; rapid, granular restore and application-consistent recovery; and quick, space-efficient cloning. SnapCenter provides fast, efficient replication from any ONTAP primary storage to secondary NetApp storage, including:


NetApp SnapCenter software includes both the SnapCenter Server and individual lightweight plug-ins to protect various applications, databases, file systems, virtual machines (VMs), and NAS file services. (See Figure 1.) Using SnapCenter, you can automate deployment of plug-ins to remote application hosts, and you can schedule and monitor backup, verification, restore, and clone operations. SnapCenter also provides role-based access control (RBAC) and supports multitenancy.

Figure 1) NetApp SnapCenter Server

What’s New in SnapCenter 3.0

SnapCenter 3.0 comes with a host of new features:


  • SnapCenter Plug-In for VMware vSphere. Back up and restore VMware VMs and traditional datastores from VMware vCenter:
    • Deployment and management simplicity for VMware administrators
    • Policy-based backup management for VMs and datastores
    • Ability to restore consistent VM or Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) backups from SnapMirror or SnapVault destinations
    • Ability to protect individual VMs, datastores, or both together as a resource group
    • Ability to mount entire datastores or individual VMDK backups for manual file-level restore and verification
    • Integration with vCenter RBAC for granular control
    • Ability to scale protection up to 10,000 VMs per instance or greater with linked-mode support
    • Support for migration of Virtual Storage Console (VSC) backup policies and backups created using prior versions of SnapCenter to now be managed by the enhanced SnapCenter Plug-In for VMware vSphere
  • SnapCenter Plug-In for NAS File Services. Efficiently manage backup and recovery for NAS files, including simple file search and recovery:
    • Built-in predefined backup policy that enables automated protection from a NetApp ONTAP primary storage system to an ONTAP secondary SnapMirror vault destination (This topology does not require NetApp AltaVault.)
    • Ability to restore a directory to the original or an alternate location with access control list (ACL) support
    • Ability to restore a single file to the original or an alternate location with ACL support
    • Ability to modify a policy
    • Ability to remove protection for a volume
    • Support for NetApp All Flash FAS as a secondary destination
  • SnapCenter Plug-In for SAP HANA Database. This new plug-in provides data protection for SAP HANA databases across the Data Fabric:
    • Application-consistent backup support for single-container and Multitenant Database Container (MDC) single-tenant databases
    • Catalog management for all backups
    • Database recovery through HANA Studio
    • Support for database integrity check and file backup
    • Support for SAP HANA 2.0 SPS1 release
  • SnapCenter Plug-In for Oracle Database. Enhancements include:
    • In-place restore support, enabling faster restore time to help meet tight recovery time objectives
  • SnapCenter Server. Enhancements include:
    • High-availability support for the built-in SnapCenter metadata repository database introduced in version 2.0
    • Automatic seamless migration of SnapCenter metadata from prior SnapCenter metadata repositories (Microsoft SQL Server Express edition or an external Microsoft SQL Server database) to the built-in MySQL repository database during upgrade to SnapCenter 3.0
    • Enhanced installer with built-in preinstall checks and support for custom locations and ports
    • Revamped presentation of the getting started information in the SnapCenter graphical user interface, allowing simultaneous access to SnapCenter screens and the Get Started pane
    • Enforcement of SnapCenter licenses with the ability to set capacity usage thresholds and a new dashboard chart displaying license usage

Plug-Ins in SnapCenter 3.0

NetApp SnapCenter offers deep integration with leading enterprise applications to facilitate application-consistent backup and clone management. Plug-ins can also be created using our custom plug-in feature to support custom applications or to facilitate support for an expanded application set with community support. Community-supported plug-ins are available in the NetApp Toolchest and will be available soon on


Plug-ins supported by NetApp include:

Community-supported plug-ins include:

For more information about SnapCenter, check out the SnapCenter Resources page at or the Storage Management and Data Protection Documentation Center.


To evaluate SnapCenter today, contact your NetApp sales representative.

Jason Blosil

Jason is a business and marketing professional with over 20 years of product marketing, product management, and corporate finance experience. Since joining NetApp in 2008 he has been focused on SAN and NAS storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions, and cloud data services. When not in the office, you can find him cycling, cooking, enjoying time with family, and volunteering at his church and in the community.

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