I’ve received many inquiries about the Veeam and NetApp integration with NFS over the last few months. Because of the high level of interest, let me share some insights based on our latest configuration and best practices for NetApp, Veeam and NFS that can help save you time and effort when installing and configuring Veeam for the first time.
There are several supported protocols for connecting VMware to a NetApp storage system to achieve better Availability for your critical applications and data. These include iSCSI, FC, FCoE or NFS. However, NFS is becoming a more common choice in the last few years due to growing adoption and standardization of 10, 25 and now 40 Gbit/s Ethernet as well as the NFS v4 implementation within vSphere 6. In general, there are many reasons to choose NFS as your protocol, including:
- Ease of management
- The fact that the VMDK is simply a file in the ONTAP file system which results in direct deduplication and compression savings
- Easier design of the volume and datastore relation
Overall, I would say that if you are designing a new environment from scratch, it’s a very good idea to consider NFS as your backend storage protocol between VMware, NetApp and Veeam. Pairing Veeam and NetApp via NFS also has several specific benefits. The two most significant are that Veeam can access the NetApp volumes during Backup from Storage Snapshot operations — which is not the case with iSCSI and FC which requires to clone and map LUNs — and NFS also shortens storage scan, backup and restore times.
Read the entire article here, NetApp NFS volumes and Veeam — configuration best practices to get you started
via the fine folks at Veeam Software