You asked, the NetApp A-Team delivered! At this year’s Virtual Tradeshow, the A-Team and NetApp subject matter experts answered your toughest questions on the industry’s hottest topics. Backup and data protection was a hot-button issue at the tradeshow. Everyone wanted to know how NetApp could help them keep their data available and secure.


Here are a few of the questions we received, with answers from NetApp technical experts, including A-Team members John Woodall, Pete Ybarra, and Jacint Juhasz, and NetApp’s own Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, John Spinks and Director of StorageGRID Software, Duncan Moore.


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How can we use Snap tools to create consistent backups for Oracle and other database services?

SnapCenter is our data protection and copy data management solution that enables centralized backup, cloning, and restore and recovery for Oracle on Linux, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows File Systems, and NAS File Services. SnapManager for Oracle provides great backup functionality for Oracle running on platforms other than Linux. SnapManager solutions are available for a variety of other applications and databases as well, including Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and others.


Does SnapCenter require (and deploy) SnapDrive to the operating systems on which the SnapManager plugins are deployed?

SnapCenter does not require SnapDrive. Instead, it has a component that manages the file system. This component performs and scales better than SnapDrive. SnapCenter does deploy the necessary software packages when adding software to remote hosts (SnapCenter plug-in for Windows or SnapCenter plug-in for Linux, where appropriate).


How can object storage better accomplish indefinite retention or versioning as opposed to block or file storage?

Object storage provides access via a global name space. Data can exist over many generations of hardware with continual access and no disruption. Add features like StorageGRID Webscale data management and S3 versioning and it’s a much more compelling solution over block or file storage. With AWS S3 and OpenStack Swift, object storage has really taken off over the last few years.


Object storage environments can maintain their own availability and durability. This allows them to be used without expensive enterprise data protection processes (backup, DR, HA, etc.). In addition, the ability to support a massively scalable and distributed namespace allows enterprises and service providers to ensure that time is spent delivering data, not balancing containers or namespaces.


Is object storage well suited as a backup target for traditional block or file storage?

More and more backup applications like Commvault support S3 natively. Commvault has certified StorageGRID Webscale as an object storage target. SolidFire and AltaVault will also back up to StorageGRID Webscale via S3.


Meet the NetApp A-Team

Check out the SlideShare below to get to know the members of the A-Team. Look for expanded bios in their blog posts right here on NetApp’s Blog. Follow them on Twitter, check out their personal blogs, and share what’s on your mind.


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