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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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
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Christian Gruetzner
Real User
Architect, Storage Services at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
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… 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… 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… 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… more»
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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
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