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1. (WO2017099904) SYNCHRONIZING SNAPSHOTS BETWEEN STORAGE SYSTEMS
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A method of synchronizing snapshots between storage systems, the method

comprising:

receiving, from a source storage system, an identification of a snapshot to be replicated to a destination storage system, wherein the source storage system and the destination storage system are of different types;

identifying, from hint information stored on the destination storage system, a most recent version of the snapshot that is stored on the destination storage system;

issuing, to the source storage system, a request for an identification of the differences between the snapshot to be replicated to the destination storage system and the most recent version of the snapshot that is stored on the destination storage system;

receiving, from the source storage system, the identification of the differences; and issuing a request to transfer, from the source storage system to the destination storage system, data associated with the differences.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein the source storage system adheres to a first storage architecture and wherein the destination storage system adheres to a second storage architecture.

3. The method of claim 1 further comprising:

creating a new volume on the destination storage system;

storing, in the new volume on the destination storage system, the data associated with the differences;

creating, on the destination storage system, a snapshot of the new volume; and deleting the new volume.

4. The method of claim 1 further comprising issuing, to the destination storage system, a request to store hint information associated with the data transferred from the source storage system to the destination storage system.

5. The method of claim 1 further comprising issuing, to the source storage system, a request to delete a stored snapshot.

6. The method of claim 1 further comprising comparing, by the source storage system, the snapshot to be replicated to the destination storage system and the most recent version of the snapshot that is stored on the destination storage system.

7. The method of claim 1 further comprising receiving a configuration file that includes information describing the source storage system, information describing the

destination storage system, and information describing a schedule for synchronizing snapshots between the source storage system and the destination storage system. An apparatus for synchronizing snapshots between storage systems, the apparatus comprising a computer processor, a computer memory operatively coupled to the computer processor, the computer memory having disposed within it computer program instructions that, when executed by the computer processor, cause the apparatus to carry out the steps of:

receiving, from a source storage system, an identification of a snapshot to be replicated to a destination storage system, wherein the source storage system and the destination storage system are of different types;

identifying, from hint information stored on the destination storage system, a most recent version of the snapshot that is stored on the destination storage system;

issuing, to the source storage system, a request for an identification of the differences between the snapshot to be replicated to the destination storage system and the most recent version of the snapshot that is stored on the destination storage system;

receiving, from the source storage system, the identification of the differences; and issuing a request to transfer, from the source storage system to the destination storage system, data associated with the differences.

The apparatus of claim 8 wherein the source storage system adheres to a first storage architecture and wherein the destination storage system adheres to a second storage architecture.

The apparatus of claim 8 further comprising computer program instructions that, when executed by the computer processor, cause the apparatus to carry out the steps of:

creating a new volume on the destination storage system;

storing, in the new volume on the destination storage system, the data associated with the differences;

creating, on the destination storage system, a snapshot of the new volume; and deleting the new volume.

The apparatus of claim 8 further comprising computer program instructions that, when executed by the computer processor, cause the apparatus to carry out the step of issuing, to the destination storage system, a request to store hint information associated with the data transferred from the source storage system to the destination storage system.

12. The apparatus of claim 8 further comprising computer program instructions that, when executed by the computer processor, cause the apparatus to carry out the step of issuing, to the source storage system, a request to delete a stored snapshot.

13. The apparatus of claim 8 further comprising computer program instructions that, when executed by the computer processor, cause the apparatus to carry out the step of comparing, by the source storage system, the snapshot to be replicated to the destination storage system and the most recent version of the snapshot that is stored on the destination storage system.

14. The apparatus of claim 8 further comprising computer program instructions that, when executed by the computer processor, cause the apparatus to carry out the step of receiving a configuration file that includes information describing the source storage system, information describing the destination storage system, and information describing a schedule for synchronizing snapshots between the source storage system and the destination storage system.

15. A computer program product for synchronizing snapshots between storage systems, the computer program product disposed upon a computer readable medium, the computer program product comprising computer program instructions that, when executed, cause a computer to carry out the steps of:

receiving, from a source storage system, an identification of a snapshot to be replicated to a destination storage system, wherein the source storage system and the destination storage system are of different types;

identifying, from hint information stored on the destination storage system, a most recent version of the snapshot that is stored on the destination storage system;

issuing, to the source storage system, a request for an identification of the differences between the snapshot to be replicated to the destination storage system and the most recent version of the snapshot that is stored on the destination storage system;

receiving, from the source storage system, the identification of the differences; and issuing a request to transfer, from the source storage system to the destination storage system, data associated with the differences.

16. The computer program product of claim 15 wherein the source storage system adheres to a first storage architecture and wherein the destination storage system adheres to a second storage architecture.

17. The computer program product of claim 15 further comprising computer program instructions that, when executed, cause the computer to carry out the steps of:

creating a new volume on the destination storage system;

storing, in the new volume on the destination storage system, the data associated with the differences;

creating, on the destination storage system, a snapshot of the new volume; and deleting the new volume.

The computer program product of claim 15 further comprising computer program instructions that, when executed, cause the computer to carry out the step of issuing, to the destination storage system, a request to store hint information associated with the data transferred from the source storage system to the destination storage system. The computer program product of claim 15 further comprising computer program instructions that, when executed, cause the computer to carry out the step of issuing, to the source storage system, a request to delete a stored snapshot.

The computer program product of claim 15 further comprising computer program instructions that, when executed, cause the computer to carry out the step of receiving a configuration file that includes information describing the source storage system, information describing the destination storage system, and information describing a schedule for synchronizing snapshots between the source storage system and the destination storage system.