Commvault adds orchestration and functional value on top of the Pure Storage FlashRecover Snapshot technology with the IntelliSnap™ technology snapshot management feature set. IntelliSnap technology streamlines and simplifies snapshot management by centralizing snapshot management across one or many storage arrays; automating object, application and database recovery; and linking snapshots to backup processes. IntelliSnap technology quiesces applications or systems, triggers the storage array-based snapshot, and returns the system to a fully operational state within minutes. By incorporating and linking snapshots with backup and archive operations, software makes more online and offline copies available for recovery while reducing data protection’s impact on production systems. IntelliSnap technology harnesses the power of array-based snapshots to accelerate backup and recovery. The FlashRecover Snapshots that IntelliSnap creates are space-efficient, thereby making it economical to maintain an extended library of application-consistent point-in-time copies. FlashRecover Snapshots can copied instantly with full performance to enable rapid recovery.
IntelliSnap software integration with SQL Server allows you to protect large databases (even those in the extreme TB size range) within a few minutes. The SQL software agent provides consistent backups by quiescing the database for a few seconds while taking the snap. Multiple point-in-time snapshots enable you to recover the database to any specific point in time.
Rapid recovery is available using an application-aware revert operation. By keeping the recovery within the storage array there is no need to transfer blocks over the network and through a backup server. This provides far faster restores. In addition, many revert operations are delta-block based, meaning only the changed blocks need to be restored to return a volume to a previous state.
IntelliSnap technology takes advantage of SQL Server capabilities and provides advanced features, such as taking snapshots simultaneously on multiple databases; opening or mounting database snapshots on other clients without actual restore; and performing multi-stream restore operations from snapshots.
There is a new white paper available on the Pure1™ storage management and support Community site that details out three different use cases.
- Create IntelliSnap software array-based snapshot of Microsoft SQL Server 2014
- Mount an IntelliSnap software array-based snapshot
- Create a Transaction Log and recover to a Point-in-Time
- Recover to a Point-in-Time using Hardware Revert
More to come!