CloudSnap includes a built-in ability to move snapshots off FlashArray to a Cloud. CloudSnap™ enables FlashArray to offload snapshots directly to an S3 bucket, without the need for additional backup software or a cloud gateway. CloudSnap is a key component of Pure’s cloud vision and is now available with Purity 5.2.

This document will attempt to showcase this feature for a very common use case – backup and recovery of an SAP HANA instance. We will go over the necessary steps to take a CloudSnap of an SAP HANA instance for backup purposes on to an AWS S3 bucket and will then show to restore the database from this CloudSnap.

Backing up SAP HANA on Pure Storage® FlashArray™ is now extremely simple
using the CloudSnap feature. Previously, snapshots are taken for an SAP HANA
system was considered as recover points since these snapshots resided in FlashArray only. With CloudSnap the snapshot moves to an external storage system like AWS S3. A storage snapshot will never be considered as a backup because SAP HANA does not do database internal integrity check(checksum calculation) on page respectively block level. Nevertheless, it is still the fastest way to protect and recover your SAP HANA system. It adds an additional layer of protection to the mission-critical SAP HANA systems.

I have tested it with SAP HANA 1.0 and SAP HANA 2.0 MDC. In order to test this concept, the following environment has been set up in our lab with the following entities:

CloudSnap

This document will attempt to showcase this feature for a very common use case:
backup and recovery of an SAP HANA instance. We will go over the necessary
steps to take a CloudSnap of an SAP HANA instance for backup purposes and move
that snapshot on to AWS S3 bucket. We’ll also show you how to restore SAP HANA from this CloudSnap.