Volume snapshots

A volume snapshot is a point-in-time copy of a volume. Creating a volume snapshot takes only a small amount of system resources and space; this makes snapshot creation faster than cloning. You can use snapshots to roll a volume back to the state it was in at the time the snapshot was created. However, because snapshots are simply replicas of volume metadata, you cannot mount or write to them.

You can replicate snapshots to a remote NetApp Element cluster and use them as a backup copy for the volume. This enables you to roll back a volume to a specific point in time by using the replicated snapshot; you can also create a clone of a volume from a replicated snapshot.

You can create volume snapshots from the NetApp Element Management > Management > Volumes page. You can manage these volume snapshots from the NetApp Element Management > Protection > Snapshots page.