How ProLion and NetApp are working together to modernise backup architecture

September 29, 2020
by Nikolas Molinari

NetApp recently revealed a technology preview of SnapDiff V3 and SnapMirror Cloud. ProLion, a long-standing partner of NetApp, has been following this technology preview with great excitement. As a NetApp alliance partner,  ProLion has been producing innovative solutions to complement NetApp technology for many years.

ProLion will come to market utilising the updated API to provide NetApp customers with support for the SnapMirror Cloud feature. In case you missed NetApp’s technology preview or haven’t read Ling Zheng’s accompanying blog post, you can find a link at the end of this article.

As more and more NetApp customers deploy our CryptoSpike ransomware protection software coupled with NetApp Cloud offerings, we are now excited to innovate our RestoreManager and DataAnalyzer solutions to be deployed both on-premise and into the cloud supporting NetApp’s Data Fabric strategy. The SnapDiff V3 architecture building blocks of SnapDiff and SnapMirror Cloud APIs will enable us to create highly flexible and modern products and provide our customers with robust solutions for any use case.

From tape-based backup to modern data management

With this new technology, NetApp is tackling some key challenges of the NAS backup process that have historically been inefficient and challenging for engineers to deal with.  More and more organisations are looking at moving their backup data to the cloud, which is inherently more flexible and less labour-intensive to manage than tape-based backup architectures. Therefore, the necessity for efficient restore mechanisms will continue to grow. Protocols such as NDMP, and the architectures it has been designed to work with, have grown outdated and cannot keep up with the requirements of modern agile data management approaches.

What’s new with SnapDiff V3 and the ProLion RestoreManager integration?

SnapDiff V3, comprised of the key components of SnapDiff and SnapMirror Cloud, maintains all the familiar advantages of forever incremental backup as well as the storage efficiency of ONTAP’s deduplication and compression. SnapDiff V3 adds the capability of online restores straight from cloud object storage.

The integration of SnapDiff V3 into our RestoreManager software will allow NetApp customers to keep a detailed file catalogue, which is compiled by NetApp SnapDiff technology that efficiently identifies changes between snapshots. Whilst maintaining the efficiency of incremental backups, NetApp users will also be able to restore granular files in a timely manner from local backup targets, as well as object storage in the cloud.

Stay tuned for more innovation from ProLion

We at ProLion are excited to bring this innovation to our solutions and deliver these new capabilities to our customers with software built on state-of-the art technologies. Stay tuned and check back soon for more news!

Click here to see the post on the official NetApp Blog, written by Ling Zheng, Technical Director at NetApp!