There are certain differences between dump and SMTape backup engines such as type of data backed up, support of single file restore, and preservation of deduplication. The SMTape backup provides faster backup performance when compared to a dump backup.
The following table lists the differences between SMTape backup and dump backup:
|SMTape backup||Dump backup|
|Backs up blocks of data to tape.||Backs up files and directories to tape.|
|Does not support single file restore.||Supports single file restore.|
|Capable of backing up multiple Snapshot copies in a volume.||Capable of backing up only the base Snapshot copy.|
|Preserves deduplication while backing up and restoring data.||Does not preserve deduplication while backing up data.|