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Pros
NetApp is one of the best products in this field of storage solutions.With SnapMirror, the solution is the feature itself that is most valuable. It just replicates the data. It's very difficult to speak about, in the sense that it's similar to the features of a wheel. It is round and it's a part of an automobile.They have a very effective dashboard and good reports.This solution is easy to implement and easy to use.The user interface is very easy to manage. The replication is also very easy to set up.The most valuable feature is the data replication tool. There is also a lot of ability for data migration.Overall, the product is very good. It's an easy to use tool.The solution is very stable.

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The feature of taking snapshots from the replicated volumes has allowed us to use them for DR testing to validate the application consistent point of recovery.

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Cons
The price needs to be improved.It's necessary to install NetApp simulator to avoid complications.In the next release, I would like to see Data reduction included and WAN optimization.We have different families of storage, such as the E-Series and Flash systems, but NetApp cannot be set up between them.The new coursework models need to be improved. The bandwidth monitoring could also be better.In the next release, I would like to get an active IP number solution.The user interface could be simplified. They might want to have fewer options on it, to make it less complicated. There are a lot of options we never use ourselves. They're often very specialized and don't apply to us.There is probably some limitations when it comes to the scalability of the solution.

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The main pain point that we experienced is during device creation. For every newly provisioned volume, creating replication relationships between production and DR site, creating snapshots for third copy at DR site, and configuring them in appropriate replication groups and device groups means that there are lot of steps involved and a lot of room for error. There has to be a lot of checks and balances which need to be incorporated to make sure that the solution is set up correctly.

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It's part of the NetApp Firewall, so it's free.

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: NetApp is one of the best products in this field of storage solutions.
Top Answer: When a customer thinks about disaster recovery they will usually already be using NetApp storage. Setup costs and pricing are not a big consideration for the customer.
Top Answer: The price needs to be improved. It is not that it is too high, but it would be good to be reduced. There is new technology available that is using storage called NVMe with the drives. We are now using… more »
Top Answer: The feature of taking snapshots from the replicated volumes has allowed us to use them for DR testing to validate the application consistent point of recovery.
Top Answer: The main pain point that we experienced is during device creation. For every newly provisioned volume, creating replication relationships between production and DR site, creating snapshots for third… more »
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Overview
NetApp SnapMirror technology provides fast, efficient data replication and disaster recovery (DR) for your critical data. Use a single solution across all NetApp storage arrays and protocols. SnapMirror technology works with any application, in both virtual and traditional environments, and in multiple configurations, including hybrid cloud.The Symmetrix Remote Data Facility family of software is the gold standard for remote replication in mission critical environments. Built for the industry-leading high-end VMAX hardware architecture, the SRDF family of solutions is trusted for disaster recovery and business continuity.
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NetApp SnapMirror is ranked 3rd in Data Replication with 10 reviews while Symmetrix Remote Data Facility is ranked 7th in Data Replication with 1 review. NetApp SnapMirror is rated 8.2, while Symmetrix Remote Data Facility is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of NetApp SnapMirror writes "Enables us to make a copy of the data on the main storage and move it to backup storage". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symmetrix Remote Data Facility writes "RPO and RTO have improved drastically". NetApp SnapMirror is most compared with NetApp Snapshot, Dell EMC AppSync, Dell EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication and Vision Solutions Double-Take, whereas Symmetrix Remote Data Facility is most compared with Dell EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication, Dell EMC AppSync and IBM Softek TDMF.

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