What is our primary use case?
We primarily use this solution for disaster recovery. The initial sync was from Pure to Compellent, and DR with disparate storage was great. Once we identified our critical servers, vetted the Live and Test Failover, and got the necessary configuration at our DR site, we are now able to perform tests in a safe bubble.
How has it helped my organization?
This solution is an integral part of our DR plan. The data and servers we needed are protected in a group as I need them. Changing or adding servers is easy and fast. The ability to protect resources that are in hurricane zones has been fantastic. Being able to safely perform DR testing remotely has enabled us to meet DR goals that were put in place. The first DR test with everyone in a room was fun, as everyone who hadn't seen it was amazed at how fast a server can come online.
What is most valuable?
The replication has been outstanding, it was three times as fast as initial Compellent replication. The ability to copy new data and protect new servers without a significant delay in getting the data is very valuable.
The ability to perform DR testing to ensure data integrity is critical.
The mobile app is great.
What needs improvement?
Increased granularity in how long to keep the journal would be nice, currently you can only do hourly up to 1 day, after that it is only daily. The ability to test failover for a single VM in a VPG would be beneficial for testing purposes. Currently alerts come from both replication managers at times, creating a lot of alerts; reducing those would be good.
For how long have I used the solution?
We have been using this solution for just under two years.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We did not use another solution prior to this one.
How was the initial setup?
Setup is really easy and quick. Make sure that you have your desired networking for replication and testing in place.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
You are getting what you pay for, as this is a solution that requires minimal management after it is configured.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We did not evaluate other options that are worth noting.
EMC was too expensive and everything else was tied to the storage vendor.
What other advice do I have?
It has been a great purchase, and we have no regrets.
Not much can be improved in this solution as it has performed to what we had hoped and has the features we currently desire.