1. Home
  2. Data Center
  3. Snapshots Are Not Backups

Snapshots Are Not Backups


From time to time, we meet customers who wonder if they can replace their traditional backup solutions with snapshots from their storage array vendors. Some storage array vendors push their products as safe backup solutions by use of snapshots.

To consider this, let’s think about what constitutes a “snapshot” and a “backup.”

A snapshot is a way to label a set of data as it existed at a point in time. Typically, snapshots are implemented using a “copy-on-write” scheme, meaning that write operations that take place on the data after the label is created are written to a new location. When a read operation occurs on a view after the snapshot was created, the storage system determines whether to read from a new location or an old location based on whether or not the requested data has been modified since the creation point.

To learn more, read the entire artilce here, Snapshots Are Not Backups

Cobalt Iron The Cobalt Iron founding team and employees are committed to accelerating the use of analytics and cloud resource to create an economic impact – save money, make money and win competitive battles. Our team has over 100 years of data protection design, development, and deployment experience.

Featured Resources:

Related Articles:


White Papers

‘All You Need to Know About Microsoft Windows Nano Server’ Veeam White Paper

Now updated for Windows Server 2016 GA release! You probably heard about Windows Nano Server already … but what is it exactly, and how do you get started with it? What value will it bring to your environment? Nano Server is a headless, 64-bit only deployment option for Windows Server 2016. Microsoft created this component specifically with […]


Download Commvault VM Backup and Recovery: end-to-end VM backup, recovery and cloud management

Commvault’s ability to provide end-to-end VM backup, recovery and cloud management creates a significantly better way to build, protect and optimize VMs throughout their lifecycle. Our best-in-class software for VM backup, recovery and cloud management delivers a number of significant benefits, including: VM recovery with live recovery options; backup to and in the cloud; custom-fit […]

On-Demand Webinars

Architecting for today’s desktop environments – FSLogix On-Demand Webinar

October 19, 2017 Webinar with David Young, Solutions Architect and Product Champion, and Brandon Lee, Solutions Marketer. Video Recording of a live demo of FSLogix and an overview of the latest release of FSLogix Apps featuring Roaming XenApp Email Search and OneDrive App along with Skype for Business Global Address List and Device Based Licensing. […]

Latest Videos

Current State of EUC – E2EVC Video

Session from @E2EVC 2017 Orlando. For event information please visit www.e2evc.com/home. For slides, additional info etc please contact the presenter directly on Twitter. For best video and sound quality do visit the event! This video is from the fine folks at E2EVC Conference

Views All IT News on DABCC.com
Views All IT Videos on DABCC.com
Win a Tesla P100D

Visit Our Sponsors