Snapshots

You can create HBase and HDFS snapshots using Cloudera Manager or by using the command-line.

  • HBase snapshots allow you to create point-in-time backups of tables without making data copies, and with minimal impact on RegionServers. HBase snapshots are supported for clusters running CDH 4.2 or higher.
  • HDFS snapshots allow you to create point-in-time backups of directories or the entire filesystem without actually cloning the data. They can improve data replication performance and prevent errors caused by changes to a source directory. These snapshots appear on the filesystem as read-only directories that can be accessed just like other ordinary directories.

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Figure 1. Video: Using Snapshots and Cloudera Manager to Back Up Data