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Backing up data to Google Cloud storage

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Complete a few steps to get started backing up data from Cloud Volumes ONTAP to Google Cloud storage.

Quick start

Get started quickly by following these steps or scroll down to the remaining sections for full details.

Number 1 Verify support for your configuration

  • You’re running Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.7P5 or later in GCP.

  • You have a valid GCP subscription for the storage space where your backups will be located.

  • You have a Service Account in your Google Cloud Project that has the predefined Storage Admin role.

  • You have subscribed to the Cloud Manager Marketplace Backup offering, or you have purchased and activated a Backup to Cloud BYOL license from NetApp.

Number 2 Enable Backup to Cloud on your existing system

Select the working environment and click Activate next to the Backup to Cloud service in the right-panel, and then follow the setup wizard.

A screenshot that shows the Backup to Cloud Activate button which is available after you select a working environment.

Number 3 Enter the provider details

Select the Google Cloud Project where you want the Google Cloud Storage bucket to be created for backups.

A screenshot that shows the cloud provider details when backing up volumes from a Cloud Volumes ONTAP system installed on GCP to a Google Cloud Storage bucket.

Number 4 Define the backup policy

The default policy backs up volumes every day and retains the most recent 30 backup copies of each volume. Change to weekly or monthly backups, or select one of the system-defined policies that provide more options.

A screenshot that shows the Backup to Cloud settings where you can enable or disable the feature and then choose your backup retention.

Number 5 Select the volumes that you want to back up

Identify which volumes you want to back up in the Select Volumes page.

Number 6 Restore your data, as needed

From the Backup List, select a volume, select a backup, and then restore data from the backup to a new volume. A Service Account is required on the Cloud Volumes ONTAP system where you are performing the restore.

A screenshot of the restore icon for a backup after you select a volume.

Requirements

Read the following requirements to make sure that you have a supported configuration before you start backing up volumes to Google Cloud storage.

Supported ONTAP versions

Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.7P5 and later.

Note: Only single-node Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems are currently supported.

Supported GCP regions

Backup to Cloud is supported in all GCP regions where Cloud Volumes ONTAP is supported.

License requirements

For Backup to Cloud PAYGO licensing, a subscription through the GCP Marketplace is required before you enable Backup to Cloud. Billing for Backup to Cloud is done through this subscription. You can subscribe from the Details & Credentials page of the working environment wizard.

For Backup to Cloud BYOL licensing, you need the serial number from NetApp that enables you to use the service for the duration and capacity of the license. See Adding and updating your Backup BYOL license.

And you need to have a Google subscription for the storage space where your backups will be located.

GCP Service Account

You need to have a Service Account in your Google Cloud Project that has the predefined Storage Admin role. See creating a service account that has the Storage Admin role.

Enabling Backup to Cloud on an existing system

You can enable Backup to Cloud at any time directly from the working environment.

Steps
  1. Select the working environment and click Activate next to the Backup to Cloud service in the right-panel.

    A screenshot that shows the Backup to Cloud Settings button which is available after you select a working environment.

  2. Select the Google Cloud Project where you want the Google Cloud Storage bucket to be created for backups, and click Continue. This can be a different Project than where the Cloud Volumes ONTAP system resides.

    A screenshot that shows the cloud provider details when backing up volumes from a Cloud Volumes ONTAP system installed on GCP to a Google Cloud Storage bucket.

    Note that you cannot change the Project after the service has started.

  3. In the Define Policy page, select the backup schedule and retention value and click Continue.

    A screenshot that shows the Backup to Cloud settings where you can enable or disable the feature and then choose your backup retention.

  4. Select the volumes that you want to back up and click Save.

    A screenshot of selecting the volumes that will be backed up.

    • To back up all volumes, check the box in the title row (button backup all volumes).

    • To back up individual volumes, check the box for each volume (button backup 1 volume).

Result

Backup to Cloud starts taking the initial backups of each selected volume.