DaveWatkins wrote:So, you're storing your backups on the same array that the actual user data is on?
If not, then using backups instead of snapshots would free up that space. If so, then..... that's less than ideal.
Personally I would never consider snapshots as backups for anything. If your SAN fails it doesn't matter if you had snapshots, they are all gone. Thats the point of backups, they are on another media (preferably multiple other medias)
Technically...... yeah .. but the caveat is the replication is actually on a different array, at a different location.
So I have a somewhat twisted backup if a user whacks a file they need or a VM needs to be recovered .. and somewhat of a DR site if something bad happens ..
The alternate media concept died with my tape drive.