NetApp SnapCenter Scalability

Aaron Isaacson
Storage Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't think scalability is bad at all. Like I mentioned with the vCenter thing, as long as you understand that if you've got different sites or different vCenter stacks, you're going to have to have a SnapCenter for each one of those. But in terms of scalability, if you actually have a network that is significantly bigger or suddenly grows really big, it would be as simple as going into your hardware, whether it's physical or a VM, and just increasing your resources a little bit. By default, they said you should use 8 gig of RAM and two processors. It doesn't take much up many resources, so scalability doesn't seem like an issue at all, particularly if you end up having SnapCenter for each site. View full review »
Ivo Dissel
Senior Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I can't say anything about scalability because we only have 12 physical hosts in SnapCenter and 20 VMware instances with about 400 virtual machines. We're not a huge ballpark. We're a hospital and we have 6,000 employees. I think that if you are a really big company you would need multiple SnapCenter Servers, but I'm not sure. For my environment it's perfect: one server, a lot of gigabytes in total memory, http use. It works. And we plan on increasing our usage. Every server which comes into production will now be connected to SnapCenter. In our organization, almost everything is working with SnapCenter. There are just a couple of SQL Servers that need to be rebuilt, new clusters. My colleagues should finish that somewhere in the first quarter of 2019. View full review »
Christian Gruetzner
Architect, Storage Services at All for One Steeb AG
The scalability itself is great, overall. One thing I know of which will come out in the next release is a fix for a scalability issue we have right now. We have hundreds of servers and systems and hundreds of customers and they're separated in a multi-tenancy way in NetApp SVM. Right now, the problem is that it always scans all SVMs. If I back up Customer A, it scans all SVMs, or tries to scan all SVMs, if there is a backup relationship on the storage. But it doesn't have the permissions, so we run into timeouts or the backup just takes too long. They're fixing that in the upcoming release, which should come out in the next month or so. Overall, the scalability is fine. It's working and running well in our environment. We have a split of SnapCenters for different types of databases. We have a SnapCenter for Exchange, we have a SnapCenter for HANA databases, we have a SnapCenter for SQL databases. The amount of backups taken over a single server is really huge in our environment. We have around 400 or 500 HANA databases, for example. Splitting them up is just a precaution we've done to ensure that it's not running into any scalability issues on the single server. That's why we decided, internally, to split it up. But we haven't seen any real scalability issue or something like that up to now, except the SVM thing. View full review »
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Manuel Maurer
ICT System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are big possibilities to scale it up, of course, with all those roles. The idea behind roles is that you can give control for backing up and restoring to the person who makes the database, to the database owners. They can restore their databases. We don't have to do it ourselves. So it's very scalable. View full review »
SysEngineer3401
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I haven't scaled it. View full review »
Matthieu Devulder
Support Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We've got customers with just one or two servers, and we've got customers with a lot of servers. But NetApp is something that is quite monolithic. You need the same base installed for or one server or ten, 20, or 50 servers. The prerequisites are really even, because you cannot tune the deployment for a small environment or a big one. There is only one flavor. View full review »
Rostislav Pilka
Senior Systems Engineer at Our Space Appliances
There are no limitations on the scalability for customers with their environment size. We currently have about ten customers using this solution with the biggest installation containing up to 40 servers. View full review »
Keith Alioto
Lead Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We've thrown twice as many servers at it than at SnapCenter 2.0 and it doesn't seem to be impeded, performance-wise. We do have plans to increase usage of SnapCenter. Currently, we don't have any Oracle in SnapCenter but we plan on backing up our entire Oracle environment. That's something that is being manually backed up right now, but we'd like SnapCenter to take care of all of that. View full review »
StorageA7b81
Storage Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
SnapCenter handles scaling very well. In my opinion, it's for small or medium businesses but not for enterprise. It has great value because it's cheap and everything is bundled with the NetApp system, so it's best for small customers. Big enterprises usually use complete backup systems. There's no way you can it can propose SnapCenter as the primary backup system in an enterprise, in my experience. There is nothing wrong with the software, it's just that big enterprises have serious backup systems. View full review »
Yanuar Priambodo
Technical Service Engineer at Comsys Telecom & Media
SnapCenter has no issues with scalability. We have plans to increase usage in the future. When we add new customers, that will increase our usage of SnapCenter. View full review »
Nikolay Gorbunov
Lead Engineer at a integrator with 201-500 employees
It can cover much more than we have now. Scalability is a strong point. We are able to monitor it through a dashboard and reports. View full review »
Edgars Jansons
Storage Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I haven't had any issue with scalability. In our country and for our customers, it's okay. We haven't used it in the cloud yet. I think it's quite good. View full review »
reviewer974046
Sr. Unix Systems and Storage Administrator at a retailer with 51-200 employees
In a short period of time, we have seen the product scale quickly in feature enhancements and adjustments to the product, thanks to their quick development. View full review »
Joao Lavrador
Storage Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I had a customer with two sites, and the scalability was great. I had to install SnapCenter on both sites and it was very straightforward. The two sites communicate with each other. View full review »
StorageE2f71
Storage Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
It can scale well. View full review »
Arnold Romeijn
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We haven't found any problems running multiple customers on it with large environments, so it scales well. View full review »
StorageA9fdd
Storage Architect at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
No experience at this time, as it’s relatively new in our environment. View full review »
reviewer952908
Storage Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
I have not looked yet at scalability because we are using single instances right now. View full review »
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