Recently, customers and NetApp architects have asked me whether NetApp® SnapCenter® software can manage data protection of resources across VMware vCenter Server instances. The simple answer is yes.
Many enterprises set up multiple vCenter Server to manage virtual machines (VMs). System administrators take this approach to isolate the ESXi host for production servers from the host for nonproduction servers or to manage different domains. They might even set up vCenter Server in different data centers.
Therefore, one overarching question that can come up for any IT generalist or backup administrator is whether a single backup product can manage backups across all vCenter Server.
Another question is whether database resources can be cloned or restored onto a different VM that resides in a different vCenter Server. If so, do administrators have to script a complex Windows PowerShell cmdlet, or do they have to use NetApp OnCommand® Workflow Automation to execute the task? And can SnapCenter support different domains or even different workgroups?
All these questions are valid. And I think that you will like the answers. Starting with version 4.1, SnapCenter now gives you support for multiple domains and workgroups. SnapCenter can also discover your database resources across different vCenter Server instance, even if your instances are in different domains. And with centralized management, you can easily clone and restore across locations.
Manohar Kulkarni is a Technical Marketing Engineer (TME) focusing on data protection of Microsoft applications on ONTAP storage systems at NetApp. Being in product management, he helps in product designing, strategizing, developing new ideas, and on a need basis providing consulting and sales assistance. He likes troubleshooting problems and coding to automate tasks to simplify day-to-day tasks.