That is not true. Microsoft Provides the Interface for the Hardware vendors to use the VSS Writer to do disk level Snapshot backups. This comes handy for a Hardware DR solution .Both Netapp and EMC has got their products build on top of the VSS Writer Frame work .I ma sure other vendors also has the same suite.
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My Question is that as of a DBA community , do we recommend this ?. I know some environment they may be force to use this as DR Solution , but do you recommend ?