NetApp SnapMirror Review

It's a simple and efficient tool to build a disaster recovery solution that involves many applications such as Oracle, SQL, VMware, and Hyper-V.


What is most valuable?

It's a simple and efficient tool to build a disaster recovery solution that involves many applications such as Oracle, SQL, VMware, and Hyper-V.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a VMware environment and many NFS exports to Linux servers which are easy to replicate. If we lose the main environment, we can restore all the applications to the recovery site to the appointed LUNs, and then the NFS servers to another server using storage from the DR site.

With VMware, this is very simple because you replicate the identical volume where it is stored in your datastore. I think that recovery for VMware is too simple and you don't need any tool to support this procedure, only directing the LUNs to another ESXi and executing the procedure inside VMware to mount datastore.

In the Oracle environment, the procedure to restore the database on the recovery site is simple as well.

What needs improvement?

I think that NetApp needs to improve the performance of SnapMirror with controller volume access. This is because when you have many SnapMirror jobs running, the controllers give priority to accessing volumes and transfers remain slow. It is very difficult to understand how to change this in 7-Mode.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution by more than 8 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

If you have to replicate a database environment, you have to put your database into backup mode before starting the replication. If you don't do this step the data will stay corrupted when you need to use replica on site the DR.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issue if you follow best practices and understant your replicated application/solution...

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

10

Technical Support:

10

Which solutions did we use previously?

Yes i have used solution from HDS and Fujitsu and the company accquire Netapp and so their dont back more .

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is too simple because Netapp integrated the configuration snapmirror on the oncommand system manager.

What about the implementation team?

I have implemented this solution since i started my working with Netapp solutions

What other advice do I have?

You must understand your environment to implement any replicated solution, talk to business area before implemented and design your Disastery Recovery .

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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