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Disaster Recovery Throw Down: Snapshots vs. Traditional Backups

Disaster Recovery Throw Down: Snapshots vs. Traditional Backups

In the IT field, most professionals are loyal to one disaster recovery method: either snapshots or backups. However, is one really superior to the other? Most traditional storage vendors will use some kind of snapshot functionality to provide a rudimentary level of data protection and then enlist the assistance of third-party backup tools to cater to the deficiencies of a snapshot-based strategy. To get a better understanding of these two methods, let’s compare snapshots and backups.


A snapshot can be defined as a point-in-time copy of data, used to freeze that data in an un-changing state so it may be recalled at a later time if required. Although useful for short-term, ad-hoc operations such as testing patches or small software changes, it should be considered as a limited data protection methodology.

The key characteristics of a snapshot are:

  • Complete in a matter of seconds
  • Chain dependent (meaning linked together with other snapshots)
  • Stored “on-device” with production data
  • Lacking granularity for management and restores
  • Lacking application consistency

Read the entire article here, Disaster Recovery Throw Down: Snapshots vs. Traditional Backups

via the fine folks at HP Enterprise.

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