Disaster Recovery (DR) Software Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Christian Gruetzner says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Architect, Storage Services at All for One Steeb AG
The high availability of the service is a valuable feature. We use the HA version to run two instances. That way there is no downtime for our services when we do any maintenance on the system itself. For normal upgrades or updates of the system - updates for security fixes, for example - it helps that the systems and that the service itself stay online. For one of our customers, we have 20 systems attached and if we had to ride that customer all the time and say, "Oh, sorry, we have to take your 20 systems down just because we have to do maintenance on your shared file systems," he would not be amused. So that's really a huge benefit. And there are the usual NetApp benefits we have had over the last ten years or so, like snapshotting, cloning, and deduplication and compression which make it space-efficient on the cloud as well. We've been taking advantage of the data protection provided by the snapshot feature for many years in our on-prem storage systems. We find it very good. And we offload those snapshots as well to other instances, or to other storage systems. The provisioning capability was challenging the first time we used it. You have to find the right way to deploy but, after the first and second try, it was very easy to automate for us. We are highly automated in our environment so we use the REST API for deployment. We completely deploy the Cloud Volumes ONTAP instance itself automatically, when we have a new customer. Similarly, deployment on the Cloud Volumes ONTAP for the Volumes and access to the Cloud Volumes ONTAP instance are automated as well. But for that, we still use our on-premise automations with WFA (Workflow Automation). NetApp has a tool which simplifies the automation of NetApp storage systems. We use the same automation for the Cloud Volumes ONTAP instances as we do for our on-premise storage systems. There's no difference, at the end of the day, from the operating system standpoint. In addition, NetApp's Cloud Manager automation capabilities are very good because, again, it's REST-API-driven, so we can completely automate everything. It has a good overview if you want to just have a look into your environment as well. It's pretty good. Another feature which gets a lot of attention in our environment is the File Services Solutions in the cloud, because it's a completely, fully-managed service. We don't have to take care of any updates, upgrades, or configurations. We're just using it, deploying volumes and using them. We see that, in some way, as being the future of storage services, for us at least: completely managed. View full review »
SteveDenger says in a Quorum OnQ review
IT Manager at Trinity Logistics Corp
The "set it and forget it" approach of Quorum is huge, as far as time savings go. And the fact that the Quorum validates the data that's backed means I don't have that mystery of what's sitting on the tape. Every backup is validated. I know that I have good, recoverable data at all times. There's virtualized recovery within the Quorum appliance, which we do use occasionally — and sometimes we'll use it for sandboxing or testing — and then there's the situation where you actually lose a physical server. On my remote sites I don't have virtual servers, I have physical servers. They've got a great recovery tool for rebuilding bare-metal hardware as well. They've got virtual recovery, file recovery, and bare-metal recovery all nailed down perfectly. The automated testing functionality is part of the "set it and forget it" because I can look in an email that says all my VMs were backed up and tested and it takes me ten seconds. That's as opposed to having to go manipulate the system and do any kinds of validations or changes. It's stupid-simple. In terms of the solution’s ease of use for recovering what is needed from a backup, there are two facets to it. On a day-to-day, "Suzy lost a file" type of situation — just file recovery — it's extremely fast and simple. With four or five clicks you find your file, you hit recover and, in ten seconds, it's on the server. In a disaster situation, where you actually have to recover a full server, they have a very well-designed method. They call it the QUARK. It's the Quorum recovery procedure for doing recovery of VMs or recovery of bare metal. It's a guided GUI recovery and it works really well. View full review »
Sanjeev Roy says in a Veeam Backup & Replication review
Project Manager at renaissance group
We evaluated different options and we picked the most significant one, Veeam. The main features about the Veeam Backup & Replication suite I like are: * If a Veeam image is copied to a replication machine, then Veeam automatically checks to see if ransomware attacked or not. * Veeam will automatically check if a file is corrupt or not. If a file is corrupt, then it will not make a backup copy to the replication server. That means the corrupt file is not copied to replication. * We have confidence that our replication image is good and not corrupted as VM machines. These are the significant features and there are a lot of features with Veeam. You need to first check out the Veeam website. View full review »
Infrastructure Section Head at citystars Properties
We migrated our servers from physical to virtual with our B2B platform. We had a big problem when trying to transfer our site server that was about six terabytes to the new environments. We wanted to do it with minimal effort and without changing the permission because if we do a copy, the permissions won't work. We put a Veeam Windows agent on these physical servers, did a backup and then we were able to take this backup as a drive that is connected to the new VM environment. It has helped us transfer the solution in two days instead of working for a minimum of one week to ten days. View full review »
John Demattia says in a Vembu BDR Suite review
Director of IT at MTSI, Inc.
The dashboard is very easy to use, setting up the backup is very intuitive. Since that's our primary purpose in using it, it made it easy, when I was doing evaluations a year ago, to choose the product. If I want to back up to this past Friday, and reinstall the file server to that state, I can choose a point in time and issue the command to back up and I don't need to go in and restore the last full backup and then apply iteratively, sequentially, all the incrementals, as I've had to do in some other software in the past. It's nice that I can pick a point in time and tell it I want to go to that state and it's transparent to me. It happens in the background for me. It's very easy to use, very quick and efficient. From a backup standpoint, it has provided us the tools we need on a daily basis to know that it's working properly and with almost no manual maintenance work from us to verify it. It just comes to us. It's been very positive, helping us address that need efficiently. View full review »
Director, IT Operations & Information Systems at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
The speedy, quick configuration and installation was the initial reason for the product and what I enjoyed about it. Now, it just continues to be simple and works well. View full review »
Rajkumar Neelakantan says in a Vembu BDR Suite review
IT Director at a marketing services firm with 201-500 employees
One thing I’m very much impressed by is the compression ratio. The rate at which it compresses the data during backup is really very good. In fact, I’d say it’s better than Symantec Backup Exec. I have Backup Exec, in my environment, and I have Veeam. Symantec is now Veritas, so I have played with all the backups, but the way in which this handles the compression is really one of the key features. It’s also very, very stable. I haven’t made any changes to it. I just installed and it’s working. I restored a couple of times, and everything seems to be fine. View full review »
Dan Bradshaw says in a Vembu BDR Suite review
IT at a religious institution with 11-50 employees
* Ease of use * Configuration * Support View full review »
Global Insurance Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Ease of use * Reliability * Cost * Stability View full review »
Tomas Bozck says in a Cloudberry Backup review
Consultant at a transportation company
General ease of use and performance of the Windows version. In this regard, Cloudberry Backup is a significant improvement over CrashPlan, which was my previous backup solution. View full review »
Eric E says in a Cloudberry Backup review
Owner
* Supports peer-to-peer backup using Minio, which has allowed us to easily pre-seed and maintain an off-site backup within driving distance, making tactical recovery of accidental file deletions easy. * Supports a wide variety of back-end data storage providers. We use one of the big players for strategic backup in the event of a major infrastructure failure. * Client-side encryption minimizes worries about data being captured on the back-end. * Block level transfers have significantly reduced the amount of time for transfers over some other solutions. View full review »
Chris Childerhose says in a Veeam Backup & Replication review
Solutions Engineer at ThinkON
Features with the most value are Instant VM Recovery, SQL Explorer and Exchange Explorer. Allowing our Veeam Agents access to the repositories for backups is another big plus. View full review »
Russell Lynch says in a Zerto review
Systems Specialist at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Zerto is packed full of useful features. The main feature is easy to manage, you will not need to be in Zerto day to day as it runs flawless. Zerto has a plugin to integrate seamlessly into VMware VSphere tab. I would highlight is the fact Zerto was used to migrate all of our VMs from one data center to another data center (two different physical locations) when we upgraded to new hardware. The migration was a breeze. My second valuable feature is being able to click just a few points in the program to initiate a test vm recovery at our DR location. After testing, all test VMs are deleted along with the data. This is automated, you do not need to interact with deleting VMs. In Zerto depending on your hardware and internet connection between your production site and DR site you can expect an RPO of 15 seconds. As of the summer 2016, Zerto just created an extremely fast way to recover files from their journal. Instead of going to our long term backup program and taking a half hour or longer to find a file, Zerto is getting me the file in 4min. This is making my life easier and keeping users happy. View full review »
MuathAlhwetat says in a VMware SRM review
SAN and UNIX Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The replication is the solution's most valuable feature. If we have some issues on the VM in the main site we can migrate it to another site automatically. The configuration assembly for the VMware is good. View full review »
Ed Alexander says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Senior System Engineer at Red Hat
ONTAP is extremely reliable. View full review »
reviewer1223556 says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features of this solution are SnapShot, FlexClone, and deduplication. View full review »
TzvikaKlinger says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
CTO at Poria
The most valuable features are that it's easy to manage and it's reliable. I haven't had to restore the Snapshot copies and thin clones. Every time I check, it's working. I don't use the inline encryption. View full review »
reviewer1223592 says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Pre-sales SE at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our customer finds SnapMirror to be valuable. View full review »
reviewer1223607 says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to Snapshot and SnapMirror between locations is the most valuable. The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery works very effectively. If you want to automate it, use SnapCenter 2.0. Otherwise, do it manually. It's not that hard to do. View full review »
RazvanOprea says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Sr Storage Engineer at Ripe NCc
For us, the value comes from the solution's flexibility, speed, and hopefully cost savings in the long term. View full review »
reviewer1223382 says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Sr Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the native filer capabilities because a lot of SAN providers don't do that. When they do it, they do it with an appliance or a secondary. With this, it is just baked in right there on the system that you require. You don't have to have anything extra. The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are the best thing since sliced bread. Rollback is super easy. It's just simple, and it works. It's very efficient. View full review »
reviewer1223403 says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
* Dedupe * Compression * Compaction * Taking 30 gig of data and reducing it down to five to 10 gig on the AWS blocks. View full review »
AbnerCordova says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Storage Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Replication to the cloud is the most valuable feature. Deduplication and compression are also very important to us. We are in the process of adopting the cloud. We are going to AWS and we are trying to do a safety technician call out with integration to the cloud. NetApp allows us to move some of the volumes to the cloud, at the same time that we continue providing the cloud services that we have on-premises. We are in the process of doing various plans for all equipment in order to do acceptable recovery of products in the new environment. View full review »
reviewer1223481 says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Storage Admin at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable feature is DR backups. ONTAP's snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are pretty useful in recovering your data from a time in a snapshot. That's pretty useful for when you have an event where a disaster struck and then you need to recover all your data. It's pretty helpful and pretty fast in those terms. We use SnapMirror inline encryption for security in the cloud. A lot of people, especially legal, want their data to be protected. That's what we use it for. Snapshot copies and thin clones have made our recovery time a lot faster. Doing a restore from a snapshot is a lot better than trying to do a restore from a backup. In terms of time management and managing our infrastructure, we are a lot better because of the consistency of storage management across clouds. I wouldn't say it has reduced our data footprint in the cloud because whatever we were using was basically a lift and shift as of right now. We are hoping as we go we'll be able to take advantage of all the storage efficiencies like compression and all that. Hopefully, that'll save us quite a lot of space and time. View full review »
Padmaja Reddy says in a NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP review
Storage Architect at NIH
The most valuable feature is the migration should be seamless. Basically, we shouldn't be spending a whole lot budget-wise. We would like to have something reasonable. What's happening right now is when we try to develop a cloud solution, we don't see the fine print. Then, at the end of the day, we are getting a long bill that says, "Okay, this is that, that is what." So, we don't want those unanticipated costs. We use the solution’s inline encryption using SnapMirror. We did get Geoaudits and things like that. In other words, everything put together is a security. It's not like just storage talking to the cloud, it's everything else too: network, PCs, clients, etc. It's a cumulative effort to secure. That's where we are trying to make sure there are no vulnerabilities. Any vulnerabilities are addressed right away and fixed. The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are good. Snapshot copies are pretty much the write-in time data backups. Obviously, critical data is snapshotted more frequently, and even clients and end users find it easier to restore whatever they need if it's file-based, statical, etc. The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones has affected our application development speed positively. It has affected us in a very positive way. From Snapshots, copies, clones, and things, they were able to develop applications, doing pretty much in-house development. They were able to roll it out first in the test environment of the R&D department. The R&D department uses it a lot. It's easy for them because they can simulate production issues while they are still in production. So, they love it. We create and clone for them all the time. The solution helped reduced our company's data footprint in the cloud. They're reducing it by two petabytes of data in the cloud. All of the tape data, they are now writing to the cloud. It's like we have almost reached the capacity that we bought even before we knew we were going to reach it. So it's good. It reduces labor, because with less tapes, you don't have to go around buying tapes and maintaining those tapes, then sending them offsite, etc. All that has been eliminated. View full review »
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