Volume & LUN Snapshots
Modern businesses need modern solutions for backup and restoration
With files and data being all-important for the long-term success of businesses, IT administrators need all-encompassing solutions for backing up and restoring both important files and the system itself. Businesses also need to be able to react quickly for backing up and restoring important files and system information, and also need the comfort of knowing that these backups can be easily replicated to other servers/NAS with no extra complications.
Benefits of Snapshots
The Storage Manager features numerous tools for taking snapshots and restoring files and data as necessary. Individual files can be easily restored if they are accidentally deleted or saved over, and the entire system can be easily reverted to a previous, healthier state if necessary. Snapshots can be taken by schedule or manually and then backed up to other NAS or servers in order to provide an all-encompassing backup solution.
Volume and LUN Snapshots
QNAP’s block-based snapshot technology supports up to 1,024 snapshots for both volume and LUN in total, and 256 per volume or LUN.
Backup via RTRR/rsync
Automatically take a snapshot of the volume before backup via RTRR/rsync, even when the file is opened.
Snapshot Agent Utility
The Snapshot Agent utility is designed for servers to help create consistent snapshots for Microsoft® VSS and VMware® vSphere Client.
Efficiently replicates volume/LUN snapshots to a remote server by copying only the changes made. This can save time & bandwidth, and can be run manually or on a scheduled basis.
Centrally stores snapshots from multiple NAS. Remote snapshots can be cloned as a local volume for data access.
Quickly clone a volume or LUN snapshot from the Snapshot Vault as a volume or iSCSI LUN on a QNAP NAS without interrupting the current system operation.
What is the difference between Block-based LUN and File-based LUN?
File-based LUN and Block-based LUN are two different ways of sharing NAS storage using iSCSI LUN. File-based LUN creates image files in the file system then shares the space to other devices. As the image files are saved in the file system, its efficiency is limited. The newer Block-based LUN, however, can directly allocate space at the block level. Not only does it increase efficiency but also provides native support for virtualization applications, such as VAAI thin provisioning and storage reclaim and Microsoft® ODX, making Block-based LUN the ideal choice for iSCSI storage solution.
Why are Block-based LUN snapshots important to enterprises?
Block-based LUN are highly-efficient and ideal for virtualization environments, ensuring servers and virtual machines operate smoothly with additional storage space outside its local storage. Compared with File-based LUN snapshots, Block-based LUN snapshots provide faster snapshots backup and recovery, therefore helping to reduce disaster recovery time while also minimizing potential impact to a business.
Why is QNAP's snapshot support better?
Snapshots are a must-have feature for modern storage systems. QNAP's snapshots help protect your folders, files, and iSCSI LUNs. In the event of malware attacks or unwanted changes, your stored data can be quickly reverted and restored to a specific point in time to ensure continuity.
Check out the difference between QNAP 's snapshot support compared to competitor products.
|Snapshot Application||QNAP||Competitors that use Btrfs
|Block-based iSCSI LUN (Thick Provisioning and Thin Provisioning)|
|File-based iSCSI LUN (Thin Provisioning)||
Protected by the volume snapshot, the process is done within seconds.
|File-based iSCSI LUN (Thick Provisioning)||
Protected by the volume snapshot, the process is done within seconds
|Volume (Multiple Folders)|
With Snapshot Shared Folder
|Availability||All x86-based (Intel/AMD) models
|Only available on selected models|
*QTS 4.3.4 (or later) required.
|NAS CPU||Installed Memory||Per NAS||Per Volume/Block-based LUN|
*TS-x51/x51+ series models only support up to 256 snapshots instead of 1024.
Snapshot shared folder
QNAP provides the “snapshot shared folder” mechanism that contains only one shared folder on a single volume, reducing the time needed to recover single folders to a few seconds. In a test conducted by QNAP, restoring a 300GB shared folder from a snapshot took around 30 minutes. Restoring the same shared folder from a snapshot shared folder only took 3 minutes.
Snapshot Manager supports smart snapshot space management that helps control the number of snapshots, and allows starting Snapshot Replica tasks after specified local snapshots are taken. Users can also initiate Snapshot Manager in File Station for creating snapshots, and identifying differing content using the snapshot overview with Unify Snapshot Directory.
Windows Previous Versions support
Snapshots enable Windows users to restore files directly from File Explorer simply by right clicking on files, saving time and effort without requiring help from IT administrators.
Protecting Your Data from Ransomware
|Snapshot Replica||RTRR||Rsync||NAS to NAS|
|Data backup scope||Volume/LUN||Shared folder||Shared folder||Shared folder|
|Transmission mode||Block-based||File-level file-based||File-level block-based||File-level block-based|
|Backup scheme||Transmit only modified blocks||Transmit new files||Transmit new files but only with modified blocks|
|Memory requirement||At least 4GB RAM||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Remote system||QNAP NAS||QNAP NAS||Rsync Server||QNAP NAS|