Symmetrix Remote Data Facility Review

It's a great, stable traditional product that is out there and once you set it up it just keeps running.

Valuable Features

Replication, once it's setup it can just run.

Improvements to My Organization

The replication works great from prod site to DR site.

Room for Improvement

It's a solid product and that's been out on the market for over a decade.

Use of Solution

6 years.

Deployment Issues

Some minor issues but not really any big ones.

Stability Issues

As of late I have seen the replication drop but this was not due to the SRDF, it was due to the high rate of IO changes on the OS side.

Scalability Issues


Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Top notch.

Technical Support:


Previous Solutions

We did use recoverpoint initially and then switched to SRDF. As Recoverpoint needs 20% more space for journals and is not really a reliable solution for DR purposes.

Initial Setup

It was straight forward.

Implementation Team



DR was a major initiative from the higher management and that was fulfilled.

Other Solutions Considered

Yes, Recoverpoint. And with SRDF you don't need any outside appliance to do the replication. Everything is handled by the engine with dedicated cache for replication.

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