Volume SnapMirror protects SnapVault secondaries by creating SnapMirror relationships to migrate data from the volumes on the SnapVault secondary system to volumes on a remote (tertiary) system running Data ONTAP. SnapMirror provides an exact replica of the SnapVault secondary data on the tertiary system.
The advantage of protecting SnapVault secondaries using volume SnapMirror is that soft lock support enables you to continue SnapVault relationships between the original SnapVault primary system and the tertiary system, without initial baseline transfers.
For example, if your SnapVault secondary system becomes unusable because of a disaster, you can manually redirect your next SnapVault transfers to the tertiary system instead of the unusable secondary system. Your tertiary system becomes the new SnapVault secondary system, and your SnapVault transfers continue, using the latest Snapshot copy common to both the primary and the tertiary systems.