Restoring SAN snapshots for data recovery is a tedious process, but Veeam says it will fix that, at least for HP P4000 gear

In the lead-up to EMC VMware's closely followed VMworld conference, many infrastructure vendors are taking advantage of the spotlight to roll out their latest goods. One such announcement from Veeam caught my eye: It will show a new capability called Veeam Explorer for Snapshots that will be released with Veeam Backup and Replication 6.5, due by 2013.

Veeam Explorer for Snapshots extends the same image, file, and application-level restoration capabilities present in Veeam Backup and Replication to SAN-based snapshots. Effectively, this feature will let you use the same tools and interface you might already use to restore from virtual machine backups and replicas to also restore data from SAN-side snapshots. However, in its first appearance, this feature will be compatible with only Hewlett-Packard's LeftHand P4000 line of physical and virtual iSCSI SANs, though Veeam hopes to sign on more storage vendors as time goes on.

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