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Data backup software support for snapshot emerging, not universal

Independent backup expert Brien Posey discusses data backup software support for snapshot in this Expert Answer.

I’ve heard that some data backup software platforms can catalog snapshots in their native form for very fast restores. How common is that feature today, and what backup software platforms support that function?

In the not too distant past, it was relatively rare for backup applications to be equipped with snapshot capabilities that could be used for rapid roll-back. Today, snapshot functionality is becoming more common, but it's far from being a universally supported feature.

Some of the major data backup software vendors that offer snapshot functionality include: CommVault Systems, NetApp and Symantec.

In spite of the fact that snapshot backups are becoming more common, it is worth noting that they must be used with care. Unless the proper precautions are taken, snapshot rollbacks can have devastating effects on database applications.

This was first published in September 2013

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