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Refactor Cinder Backup To Use Snapshots

Backups can be more efficient, and not require any lien on the volume being backed up, if they are based on a snapshot rather than a volume.

This can be enabled by making snapshots full objects. See Snapshot_as_full_objects which is part of the CERSS initiative.

The steps to backing up a Volume would be:

  • Create an anonymous snapshot.
  • Put Backup objects from the anonymous snapshot.
  • Delete the anonymous snapshot.

Requests would also be allowed to use an existing snapshot and to create a named snapshot which would then be backed up.

As with snapshot replication, the Volume Driver will have the option to instruct the storage backend to directly post the backup to the object storage system without having to transfer the payload through the cinder node.