Learn about Cloud Backup

Contributors netapp-tonacki

Cloud Backup is a service for BlueXP (formerly Cloud Manager) working environments that provides backup and restore capabilities for protection and long-term archive of your data. Backups are automatically generated and stored in an object store in your public or private cloud account.

When necessary, you can restore an entire volume from a backup to the same or different working environment. When backing up ONTAP data, you can also choose to restore or one or more files from a backup to the same or different working environment.

Backup & Restore can be used to:

Tip When the BlueXP Connector is deployed in a Government region in the cloud, or in a site without internet access (a dark site), Cloud Backup only supports backup and restore operations from ONTAP systems. When using these alternate deployment methods, Cloud Backup does not support backup and restore operations from Kubernetes clusters, Applications, or Virtual Machines.

How Cloud Backup works

When you enable Cloud Backup on a Cloud Volumes ONTAP or on-premises ONTAP system, the service performs a full backup of your data. Volume snapshots are not included in the backup image. After the initial backup, all additional backups are incremental, which means that only changed blocks and new blocks are backed up. This keeps network traffic to a minimum.

In most cases you’ll use the BlueXP UI for all backup operations. However, starting with ONTAP 9.9.1 you can initiate volume backup operations of your on-premises ONTAP clusters using ONTAP System Manager. See how to use System Manager to back up your volumes to the cloud using Cloud Backup.

The following image shows the relationship between each component:

A diagram showing how Cloud Backup communicates with the volumes on the source systems and the destination object storage where the backup files are located.

Where backups reside

Backup copies are stored in an object store that BlueXP creates in your cloud account. There’s one object store per cluster/working environment, and BlueXP names the object store as follows: "netapp-backup-clusteruuid". Be sure not to delete this object store.

  • In AWS, BlueXP enables the Amazon S3 Block Public Access feature on the S3 bucket.

  • In Azure, BlueXP uses a new or existing resource group with a storage account for the Blob container. BlueXP blocks public access to your blob data by default.

  • In GCP, BlueXP uses a new or existing project with a storage account for the Google Cloud Storage bucket.

  • In StorageGRID, BlueXP uses an existing storage account for the object store bucket.

Backups are taken at midnight

  • Hourly backups start 5 minutes past the hour, every hour.

  • Daily backups start just after midnight each day.

  • Weekly backups start just after midnight on Sunday mornings.

  • Monthly backups start just after midnight on the first day of each month.

  • Yearly backups start just after midnight on the first day of the year.

The start time is based on the time zone set on each source ONTAP system. You can’t schedule backup operations at a user-specified time from the UI. For more information, contact your System Engineer.

Backup copies are associated with your NetApp account

Backup copies are associated with the NetApp account in which the Connector resides.

If you have multiple Connectors in the same NetApp account, each Connector will display the same list of backups. That includes the backups associated with Cloud Volumes ONTAP and on-premises ONTAP instances from other Connectors.