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Aaron Isaacson
Real User
Storage Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The way that it interconnects with VMware is really handy, because you can go right into your vSphere Client, where you spend a lot of the day anyway, right-click on one… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Earlier this week, we had a server that was having some issues. One of the database guys came in and said, "Do we have a Snapshot, do we have a backup?" I had looked at… more»

What needs improvement?

There is one area that needs improvement and that's in the alerting. When you set up your SMTP alerts, it only has - and I don't understand why - the ability to send an… more»

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

There's no licensing involved. That was a question I had when I first set everything up. I didn't have any problems with it at all, but everything I had ever used had… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

To understand the broader picture of where we were coming from, we had an existing network that was hodge-podge and built over the years; a combination of three different… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you've got some kind of a server in mind for it. If you're not going to be using just an IP address, if you want to use a domain, make sure that you've got… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

They had already chosen NetApp as their storage for their filers. We could have looked at a number of different things and at the time that I came onto the contract, they… more»
Ivo Dissel
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 13 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are putting a new SharePoint infrastructure into production - we're upgrading SharePoint - and our users need a test environment for that and they need it refreshed every day. These are big databases. My colleague is able to create a… more»

What needs improvement?

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. I have made something like 20 calls to NetApp regarding this product. I've used a lot of products… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We are using Data Protector backup software and SnapCenter. Before SnapCenter we used SnapDrive from NetApp. Before that, we were using EMC Legato NetWorker. We switched to SnapCenter because our colleagues here were already using NetApp… more»

What other advice do I have?

Hire someone who has already installed the product ten times, an experienced SnapCenter installer who can implement this product very easily and who knows all the ins and outs and bugs and which patch he should run. Get guidance. In terms… more»
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Christian Gruetzner
Real User
Architect, Storage Services at All for One Steeb AG
Dec 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it's centralized. In the old SnapManager days, we had software for each server. Now, with a centralized system, we're able to manage all systems remotely, and all… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It saves us a lot of money and manpower. We automate everything in our environment. We can just run some scripts over it and update all agents automatically, and we don't have to take care of each… more»

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

It's free. The license is included with other NetApp products.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used the SnapManager products before, and Snap Creator. The Snap Creator and SnapManager products were discontinued by NetApp. And they're not centralized, so it's definitely a benefit for us that… more»

What other advice do I have?

You should definitely plan some time to understand the concepts behind it. What we've seen is that each backup and user permission has its own defaults. You have to plan some implementation time. You… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate any other options. Our strategy is a clear NetApp strategy. We have a single-vendor strategy on the storage side. We use only NetApp in our environment. Therefore there was no… more»
Manuel Maurer
Real User
ICT System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The centralized GUI is the best feature, that there is only one webpage where we can see the states of all the backup jobs. We can see all the tasks that are running and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before, we had to go to the storage CLI or to the SQL Server to check if backups ran correctly. Now, we have everything in one central management view, we don't have… more»

What needs improvement?

We are struggling a bit with the permissions and roles. We are not sure if there is an issue at our end, if we didn't get set things up correctly, as per plan. When you… more»

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

The license for SnapCenter was included with the storage array.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched this year to SnapCenter. We got a new all-flash MetroCluster. For that reason, we switched to SnapCenter and we left the technology of SnapManager for Oracle… more»

What other advice do I have?

Go for it and have a look at it. You don't really need much time for the implementation, but you have to make sure that you have a bit of know-how on how the Snapshot… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't look into other solutions because we have the licenses with NetApp. If you buy the storage cluster, you get a premium-license bundle, so SnapCenter is completely… more»
Real User
Engineer at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
Jan 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The backup features are the most valuable because they allow the DBAs to replace SnapManager for Oracle (SMO), which is going away, and to do cloning as well. We can also clone to different servers… more»

What needs improvement?

It hasn't improved our organization because we're going through some kinks with the product as of right now. We've had several tickets open, but because it's replacing SMO we have to get used to using… more»

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

We have a site license, so it comes with the product.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched from SMO because it was going to be discontinued. Going forward, we can't install it on our production servers anymore. That's why we went to SnapCenter. SMO is not going to be supported… more»

What other advice do I have?

Test out every function that you think you'll need before you implement it in your production environment. My role is just to do the configurations. The DBAs actually use the product because it's more… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate other vendors. All our databases are on NetApp storage, so we wanted to stick with NetApp.
SysEngineer3401
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The central pane view is the most valuable feature. You have one console where you can monitor all your jobs, as opposed to going to different vCenters.

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization is strengthened because we have NetBackup and we tend to use SnapCenter as the primary backup and recovery software. NetBackup has proven to be more the long-term archiving or storage… more»

What needs improvement?

The integration with the vCenter could be better in the sense that the only plain view you have is the data stores. In previous versions of the plugin for the VSC, before Snap Center, you could view… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We're using NetBackup. We haven't replaced any solution.

What other advice do I have?

It works. It's reliable. There are no real negative aspects. It's a very solid product. We only have one dedicated user. We haven't defined roles, we haven't used that functionality. We just provide… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated SnapCenter vs Veeam. We found that since SnapCenter was integrated and there's zero cost involved because we had all the licenses, there wasn't a need to purchase something else. We have… more»
Matthieu Devulder
Real User
Support Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jan 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The backup feature is the most valuable, of course. Moreover, what is very handy for our clients is the consolidated view. They have a dashboard with everything, through a single pane of glass. This is what they really need because, within seconds, they can have a good overview and see if there are… more»

How has it helped my organization?

From the feedback I've heard from clients, they do experience time savings with this solution. It's more efficient than before. SQL backup is just a pain, but with this solution, it seems to be much better. And the consolidated view is a good tool for them on a daily basis.

What needs improvement?

What I did witness lately are issues with some Microsoft KBs, the updates. But it happened only once, and not on a major platform, it was on a small one. We're doing a major one for a customer in Paris with many SQL servers and, to date, everything is going well. I have not yet had experience with… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is the same for all of the offsite products made by NetApp. You need to look carefully at the prerequisites to avoid any bad surprises afterward. But if you follow the rules, it should go easily. The solution is mostly is used by backup administrators and sometimes DBAs. From my side it's… more»
Rostislav Pilka
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at Our Space Appliances
Jan 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The main advantage is its fast backup and restore.

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest advantage of the product is you can provide a quick restore. We have some companies with policies which require us to be able to restore their data back up and running in maximum 15 minutes. We can achieve these customer… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

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, making it cheaper to use… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have also used Veeam, Dell EMC NetWorker, Commvault, and HPE Data Protector. I have worked with these solutions for installations. The problem with SnapCenter is not the backup solution. While it can help with backup and quick restore… more»
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Unified, scalable platform for application-consistent data protection and clone management. This software simplifies backup, restore, and clone lifecycle management with application-integrated workflows.

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