Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about NetApp SnapCenter vs. Oracle Data Guard and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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We have been very satisfied with the technical support's help. Their knowledge level is great. For a noncritical question, they will get back to us within a day.
The main advantage is its fast backup and restore.
A feature that stands out is cloning databases. If you have a SQL database and it's huge, like one terabyte, the classical SQL way would be to do a backup-restore to create a clone of your database for test purposes. With SnapCenter now, we can clone a database but through the Snapshot technology, which means if you right-click and you click Clone, the one terabyte database is there instantly.
The backup process finishes very quickly.
It has very fast backup and can handle a huge amount of data. It also enables really fast recovery.
The most valuable feature is the RBAC, the Role-Based Access Control. In our managed service, we can have different layers of security.
Restoring and cloning are easy to do.
Being able to add everything in as resource groups is a valuable feature... Having all the SQL servers put into specific buckets, based on their year of release - 2008, 2012, 2014 - allows us to get almost immediate backups that are easily seen and reported on.
If you have a problem with your primary site and can't access your primary database, you can continue working with the database that you have as standby on the other site, by changing its role to primary.
Another valuable feature is the possibility of backing up the database from the standby database instead of the primary database, to avoid backup process overhead in the primary system.
Some of the minor functionalities from SnapManager did not transfer over to SnapCenter. These should be added in future releases.
The Microsoft environment is its biggest disadvantage due to the central management of all the actions. Because the SnapCenter server is where we deploy everything, it also affects the Microsoft environment, which can cause many difficulties when resolving issues like Windows update problems.
I feel a little bit that during the whole process of putting this software into production we were like a beta program. It was full of bugs... For example, we had a problem with truncating our Exchange log files... It has improved over time.
The GUI is still so-so. I' don't use the GUI that often anymore because it's really slow, refreshing disks, refreshing hosts, and you have to click a lot.
Groups might be helpful for each site or data center so that we know a given data center has these resources while another data center has those resources. It's not always easy to group hosts by type.
Reporting of the jobs could be better.
I'm waiting for SnapCenter for hybrid solutions. Right now, we only have SnapManager for hybrid. I need agents for that. People are looking to install SnapCenter in a SQL environment, but where they're running SQL on Hyper-V and using virtual files. Currently, we don't have support for hybrid.
The documentation could be a little bit better so that we could handle more of the troubleshooting ourselves, rather than having to go through support.
I think it would be great to have a graphical interface assistant (like DBCA, ASMCA, NETCA, etc.) for initial configuration, monitoring, configuring Oracle Data Guard Broker and all the Data Guard Broker commands, without needing Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control installed.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The licensing is well-designed because it's already included in some packages with NetApp storage. Therefore, for most customers, it's okay as the SnapCenter license is already included in some NetApp bundles.
Pricing is very good because if you already have NepApp controllers, then it's included.
It comes free with the amount of equipment we purchase from NetApp. In terms of pricing, zero is my favorite number.
The license for SnapCenter was included with the storage array.
We have a site license, so it comes with the product.
We see a financial value with SnapCenter because we don't have to license Commvault, which is pretty expensive.
It's free. The license is included with other NetApp products.
Oracle Data Guard is a feature available only in Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, and is available for extra cost.
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Also Known As
|SnapCenter||Active Data Guard|
Unified, scalable platform for application-consistent data protection and clone management. This software simplifies backup, restore, and clone lifecycle management with application-integrated workflows.
Oracle Data Guard ensures high availability, data protection, and disaster recovery for enterprise data. Data Guard provides a comprehensive set of services that create, maintain, manage, and monitor one or more standby databases to enable production Oracle databases to survive disasters and data corruptions. Data Guard can be used with traditional backup, restoration, and cluster techniques to provide a high level of data protection and data availability.
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