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Downtime Is Unacceptable Even When Backing Up

In today's business-critical environment, companies can't afford downtime, even when backing up data. With CaminoSoft SnapShotServer, businesses have a more centralized control over the backup process. By capturing live data any time of the day, companies can back up open files or live databases whenever it is convenient. SnapShotServer creates an image of live volumes at designated intervals and either holds them or presents these frozen images to any standard backup utility. This eliminates the chance of server downtime due to backup software crashes.

Features and Benefits

Working in concert with virtually any backup utility, SnapShotServer for NetWare is ideal for databases that cannot be shut down for back ups. It is an NLM application running on the standby machine in a StandbyServer, a StandbyServer Many-to-One environment, or by itself on any server. When a snapshot is taken, it creates a complete, frozen, virtual image of the data on the standby machine. Using sophisticated buffering techniques, the virtual image is held until the backup utility completes access to the volumes. The snapshot image can be mounted and manipulated like any other NetWare volume.

Copy Exists Away From The Main Server

This virtual copy exists separately from the main server data and can be acted on separately. It can be copied to a removable storage device such as a magneto-optical cartridge. Traditional backup methods such as tape storage or other media can also be used.

Frequent Backups

With SnapShotServer, backups can be done more frequently because SnapShotServer’s ability to backup up open files and live databases gives you the flexibility to perform backups whenever you want. You do not have to wait for files and databases to be closed before a backup can begin. By offloading the backup process to the standby machine, backups will no longer impact processing on the primary server.

Faster Restoration

SnapShotServer for NetWare allows for 31 overlapping snapshots at any time. If data loss or corruption occurs, the system can be rolled back to the snapshot before the problem happened, rather than having to restore from the last tape backup session. This makes restoration faster and easier.

Centralized Backup In A Multi-Server Environment

SnapShotServer is included with every StandbyServer Many-To-One package. This combination of products allows multiple servers in an enterprise environment to be backed up from a single standby machine. This simplifies the backup process by providing a central control point for backup administration. Working together, SnapShotServer and StandbyServer maintain complete mirrored copies of all the primary servers’ data on the standby machine to provide true data protection and to enable server failover.

Key Features

Point-in-Time copy of data on NetWare volumes
Backups can be done at any time.
Snapshot copies can be made as often as every 15 minutes
Allows for 31 overlapping snapshots at any time
Provides seamless, uninterrupted access to data while backups are in process

Requirements

CaminoSoft SnapShotServer for NetWare is compatible with NetWare 4.X, 5.X and 6.X
When SnapShotServer for NetWare is used with Standby Server Many-to-One for NetWare, two Novell certified servers with the latest NetWare patches are required. (See the StandbyServer and StandbyServer Many-To-One technical manuals for more information).
An additional disk device must be installed in the standby machine beyond any drives used for mirroring. This is used as the buffer volume for SnapShotServer.
An additional disk device must be installed in the Primary server if SnapShotServer is used in the standalone mode.
Additional memory will need to be added to the primary server or standby machine since mounting snapshot volumes requires memory. As with other NetWare volumes, before one or multiple snapshot volumes can be mounted, each requires its own memory space.