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Consultant
Tower Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 03 2017

What is most valuable?

Snap mirror and implementation with 3rd party backup software.

How has it helped my organization?

It gave us enough time to do the backup for big databases and mount them in a certain location, from there on tapes. So basically made the production database independent of the backups, so we could have the backup window larger.

What needs improvement?

Speed of the snapshots, the way how lun's are managed.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did. However the ones which was a little bit later it fixed some errors, no extra features offered.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No. I was the person in charge to manage it and didn't consider other options.
Vendor
Engineer at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 04 2016

What is most valuable?

In few steps you can configure your replicas without using auxiliary scripts. Easy management. Almost 'plug and play' solution. Provides consistent replicas.

How has it helped my organization?

Yes. Recovery some data in Oracle Database. Just mount my replica in other host and my DBA and Application Teams can recover some data with no downtime to the company.

What needs improvement?

Mount replica function through EMC RM needs to be faster because when you are using Veritas volumes with mirrors the mount routine is too late (the mount process time is directly proportional the volume size when you are using Veritas Volume Manager (vxvm)).

What other advice do I have?

Best practices: Ask the Vendor if you can see other enterprises which usE EMC RM; if possible ask with other IT professionals which work with the product; try to solve all your questions; Evaluate if the tool is compliant with your enterprise’s RPO and RTO. These are a few best practices to decide… more »
Consultant
EMC Storage Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 30 2014

What is most valuable?

Integration into EMC's other products (Arrays) and Vmware ESX.

How has it helped my organization?

This production was used to integrate with EMC's arrays and to Clone Vmware datastores, this product was very easy to use and understand what it was doing under the covers, it also made training staff on the product a lot easier.

What needs improvement?

N/A

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Wasn't involved, so can't comment on this.

What other advice do I have?

The market has moved on quite a bit since i implemented this solution. However if you wanted a reliable product to work with new or existing EMC products then i would recommend taking a look at Replication Manager.
Vendor
Sr. Systems Analyst with 51-200 employees
Oct 27 2014

What do you think of Dell EMC AppSync?

What is most valuable?

App Consistent Snaps/Bookmarks and Snap and Mount function.

How has it helped my organization?

We have application consistent snaps of SQL mounted to development VM’s daily.

What needs improvement?

Each replication manager installation can only handle so many records. If you have over a certain number of bookmarks or snaps, the GUI becomes un-usable.

For how long have I used the solution?

3 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I occasionally get an “out of memory error” from the GUI. I think this has to do with us overloading the application.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes, if you have over a certain number of bookmarks or snaps,…
Consultant
Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 22 2014

What is most valuable?

The EMC RM is a very useful technology for consistent data replicas for a significant application portfolio like MS SQL, MS Exchange, Oracle DB etc. Our customers are using RM mostly for backup… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Not mine, but customers. As I said, mostly the automated process of data movement like databases for analysis, testing and development. It allows customers to focus on the application and database… more »

What needs improvement?

The product needs to be less complex (compatibility, solution enabler etc.). Nowadays the AppSync seems to look very good.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's easy to evaluate the product without buying it so take the chance and try it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, as an IT consultant I'm using Appsync from EMC which is partly a RM replacement and also Netapp's SnapManager product family with Netapp storage arrays.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are always other options but with EMC storage on the backend, this is the only solution (with AppSync) with automated processing and support for many current applications.
Consultant
Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 22 2014

What is most valuable?

The automatisation of the replication process is the most valuable feature. Before we used to manually synchronize the replica volumes with source ones, then mount replica volumes on target servers… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The product can be used to create/refresh an environment similar to production one. The replica environment can be used for test&dev or backup reasons. The replication process can be scheduled with… more »

What needs improvement?

Replication Manager is an orchestrator of Replication: it uses several products to enhance the replication automatisation. I think that the compatibility matrix should be extended, especially with… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No, we used scripts and manual interventions to create/refresh a replica environment.

What other advice do I have?

Go on, you'll enjoy using it. Once set up, the configuration is very easy using the RMGUI, and stability/scalability is not a problem.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am not an end user and I work for an EMC partner. So for replication automatization requests we suggested Replication Manager directly and customer bought it. I don't know if he evaluated other… more »
Consultant
Senior Systemms Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 21 2014

What is most valuable?

It's integration with SQL and Exchange for VSS-based backup works perfectly, the agent is easy to install, the GUI is easy to navigate and debugging is easy to enable/disable. I also like the way it has all the Navicli commands to do a Snap or a Clone on the EMC SAN arrays bundled so that no… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It means that the manual database scripting for truncating of the transaction logs is no longer required as Replication Manager has the inbuilt scripts to do this for you. I find this invaluable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have not used any other Product that compares like for like with Replication Manager (Backup products like CommVault cannot be compared in the same category as RM).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Due to my past experience with Replication Manager, I did not hesitate to use this product as it perfectly suited my requirements.
Consultant
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 31 2014

What do you think of Dell EMC AppSync?

What is most valuable?

Multiple replica and job linking.

How has it helped my organization?

Provides application consistent replica and provides seamless failover capabilities.

What needs improvement?

Simplify implementation.

For how long have I used the solution?

10 years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Yes

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: ExcellentTechnical Support: Excellent

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No. This product is provided with EMC storage.

How was the initial setup?

In the middle of being straightforward and complex. Implementation guide is in multiple…

What is Dell EMC AppSync?

EMC AppSync is simple, service-level agreement (SLA)-driven and self-service data protection approach for EMC XtremIO, EMC VMAX, EMC VNX and EMC VNXe2 environments. With AppSync, protect all your critical applications in a single click, dial in the correct service level, and enable application owners to drive protection.
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