>So to confirm, VAAI in no way assists with the traditional VMware based snapshot operation?
yes. it is used for cloning and storage vmotion and the like.
>the only reason to integrate VEEAM with the NetApp would be to utilize SnapVault or SnapMirror?
>Which are used to enhance the performance of backup and leverage the NetApp SAN to SAN replication technology..?
>So for DR purposes, unless you have two NetApp devices licensed with Flexclone and SnapMirror there really is no point.
for DR purposes, Snapmirror is the best thing, yes.
but even without Snapmirror, the snapshotting features are still better than traditional backup and restore.
it's very fast to make a snapshot, release the VMware snapshot and backup from the storage snapshot. the VMware snapshots are then really small, faster to delete and there's less impact on the VMs.
and also the restore will be even faster because it can directly mount the snapshot on the storage and doesn't need to pipe through vPowerNFS.
but as said before, VAAI doesn't have anything to do with this.
just use a Flexclone license for backup & restore and an additional Snapmirror license for DR.