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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the snap shot.""There are a lot of features that are excellent. The data compression during the transfer, for example, is good. The replication is great. The durability of the solution and the speed of the data moving from one site to another is impressive.""The solution is very stable.""Overall, the product is very good. It's an easy to use tool.""The most valuable feature is the data replication tool. There is also a lot of ability for data migration.""The user interface is very easy to manage. The replication is also very easy to set up.""This solution is easy to implement and easy to use.""They have a very effective dashboard and good reports."

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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.""We've found the support to be very good overall."

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"It is not as efficient as it needs to be. It doesn't compress the data really well when it is forwarded to a secondary site. The download performance could be better.""At the moment, we are not using the synchronous mirror, but we can implement the synchronous mirror. The only thing is that it needs another license. This is the same issue we have with business continuity. It needs another license to be implemented. You need too many separate licenses for the features. They should add some of the aspects of the premium bundle into the basic bundle. Sometimes our customers choose other replication services because of the initial cost of the licenses.""There is probably some limitations when it comes to the scalability of the 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.""In the next release, I would like to get an active IP number solution.""The new coursework models need to be improved. The bandwidth monitoring could also be better.""We have different families of storage, such as the E-Series and Flash systems, but NetApp cannot be set up between them.""In the next release, I would like to see Data reduction included and WAN optimization."

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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.""If you are new to the product, the initial setup might be a bit difficult."

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

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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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Sample Customers
University at Albany, City of Houston, Yahoo Japan, Washington Employment Security Department, DG Khan Cement Co. Ltd., AmTrust Financial Services, Sheridan College
Global Security Provider, SSM Health Care, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Shriners, BZWBK, Qatar Islamic Bank, Sudwestrundfunk (SWR)
Top Industries
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Wholesaler/Distributor29%
Comms Service Provider29%
University14%
Financial Services Firm14%
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Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company17%
University7%
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Financial Services Firm57%
Comms Service Provider14%
Healthcare Company14%
Computer Software Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm11%
Hospitality Company7%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise47%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise71%
Find out what your peers are saying about NetApp SnapMirror vs. Symmetrix Remote Data Facility and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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NetApp SnapMirror is ranked 4th in Data Replication with 10 reviews while Symmetrix Remote Data Facility is ranked 6th in Data Replication with 2 reviews. 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 "Stable with great features and excellent support". NetApp SnapMirror is most compared with NetApp Snapshot, Dell EMC AppSync, Dell EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication, Hitachi TrueCopy and Global-active Device, whereas Symmetrix Remote Data Facility is most compared with Dell EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Remote Replication. See our NetApp SnapMirror vs. Symmetrix Remote Data Facility report.

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