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.
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