To ensure that important data is always protected and easily restored, NetApp created SnapVault. SnapVault provides a fast, centralized, and cost-effective disk-to-disk backup solution by replicating Snapshot copies to inexpensive secondary storage. By leveraging NetApp Snapshot technology, SnapVault is able to move and store data efficiently by eliminating redundant data across each backup. SnapVault software is available to all NetApp storage systems running Data ONTAP. Open Systems SnapVault (OSSV) software brings NetApp Snapshot and replication technology to non-NetApp storage.
Traditional backups store data on tape in proprietary formats accessible only through the backup application. SnapVault creates online backup archives in an accessible file system format. Users and/or administrators can securely and rapidly search and recover data directly from backups. SnapVault also provides near-instant disaster recovery by enabling users and applications to failover directly to the backup copy.