As some of you may know already NetApp shipped SnapCenter 3.0 last week. This obviously brings some new features and new plugins to SnapCenter.

VMware backup and recovery plug-in

This plugin was introduced back in SC 2.0 to bring support to applications and databases running on VDMKs and RDM LUNS. What’s new in 3.0 is that you can now directly backup and restore a whole VM from the vSphere Web Client itself where your virtualization administrator does his daily tasks. Thus making the view from SnapCenter a read-only interface to monitor any vSphere backup jobs. This replaces the backup and restore function from the Virtual Storage Console (VSC). Also note that SC 3.0 only support VSC 7.0+, but as always check the IMT before upgrading your environment.

SAP HANA plug-in

SC 3.0 introduces support for SAP HANA allowing you to centralize the management of your database backup and restore jobs in one single pane of glass. SAP HANA plug-in supports HANA running in both single contrainer and multitenant database container (MDC) single-tenant configurations. Check out the video below for a lab that demonstrates the complete backup and restore process using a beta release of SC 3.0

These are just some of the enhancements in 3.0, check the list below for a complete overview of what’s new or head over to NetApp.com to read the release notes.

What's new in SnapCenter 3.0:

  • New plug-ins
    • SAP HANA plug-in
    • VMware backup and recovery plug-in
    • MongoDB through the plug-in creator (might be NetApp supported)
  • NAS file services backup
    • Support for NetApp ONTAP® to ONTAP topologies (no requirement for NetApp AltaVault™ technology)
    • Restore to alternate location
    • Directory-level restore
  • Advanced license enforcement and pricing
  • GUI enhancements and other bug fixes