Symmetrix Remote Data Facility Review

SRDF compared with EMC Recover Point has less capabilities but provides ​​reliability and stability.


What is most valuable?

Reliability and stability, 3 SAN storage star replication (1 box only with storage cache, no disks).

How has it helped my organization?

Currently is not used but was implemented 4 years ago for UNIX filesystems and Oracle DB replication.

What needs improvement?

SRDF compared with EMC Recover Point has less capabilities, for ex. CDP (local or remote) is missing, only EMC assets compatibility, as a TCO is more expensive than implementing IBM SVC or EMC VPLEX virtualization and replication (more supported assets).

For how long have I used the solution?

2 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Very good.

Technical Support:

Very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Because lack in systems heterogeneous support, only EMC storage, no CDP, no visual planned/unplanned switch framework for failover/failback.

How was the initial setup?

No, very easy but need to understand differences compatible with IBM SAN Storages.

What about the implementation team?

Yes we used a local vendor S&T SRL.

What was our ROI?

I cannot say SRDF has a ROI because its role is to mitigate the risks such as system unavailability or system loss (DR).

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This info is confidential but the TCO is very good compared with other vendors.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In the past we used IBM Remote replication and mirroring.

What other advice do I have?

My advice in nowadays is to look first inside current infrastructure and decide if SRDF is the only choice, for ex. we use mixed data replication: DB replication or application aware replication or filesystem/block level. We use CDP features where is available but we are oriented for app level replication and integrity.

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