NetApp SnapCenter Valuable Features

Aaron Isaacson
Storage Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 of the VMs where you have backups running for however long, and you can restore either some files or restore the entire thing. You pick the Snapshot. I've timed it and it's under two minutes for it to completely rebuild the VM and restore it completely. I really like that feature. It's fast. If people have a problem I can get them back up online in less than five minutes. I also use the monitoring feature every day. It can send an email every day and tell you, "These worked, these failed," for whatever reason. Typically you have to do some other kind of backup or run it again. That feature is really nice. You can automate it so it tells you afterward what worked, via email. Finally, it's pretty simple to operate. The interface isn't complicated. View full review »
Ivo Dissel
Senior Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 can clone a database but through the Snapshot technology. That means if you right-click and you click Clone, the one terabyte database is there instantly. It's instantly presentable to our users and in test mode. Clones or duplicates of the original can be used for testing or acceptance. Also, the backup process finishes very quickly. In the old way of running a SQL backup, you would wait for SQL to read the whole database - and here I'm talking about a full backup. It would have to read through one terabyte of data. That's not necessary anymore. Now you snap the storage in which the SQL database exists, and the backup consists of pointers on disk, as far I understand. View full review »
Christian Gruetzner
Architect, Storage Services at All for One Steeb AG
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 agents remotely, and update them remotely. That's a huge benefit for us. Another good feature is the user permission settings. We have different kinds of groups which can do different kinds of operating tasks in SnapCenter. Previously, that was not even possible. View full review »
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Manuel Maurer
ICT System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 we can quickly see if one fails; if they are running or have any issues. We have all that in one place. It's integrated with VMware vCenter. You can also see the backups there and you can do a restore completely out of vCenter. You don't need to go to SnapCenter to restore a single VM, for example. You just click on VM and you can restore it completely. View full review »
Engineer1785
Engineer at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
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 and have the actual backup clone mounted on different servers. And we can split easily too. View full review »
SysEngineer3401
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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. View full review »
Matthieu Devulder
Support Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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 any errors or any issues. View full review »
Rostislav Pilka
Senior Systems Engineer at Our Space Appliances
The main advantage is its fast backup and restore. View full review »
Keith Alioto
Lead Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Being able to add everything in as resource groups is a valuable feature. We used to have our SQL DBAs each do backups on their servers and there were some inconsistencies across our few dozen SQL servers. What we found is that having all the SQL servers put into specific buckets, based on their year of release - 2008, 2012, 2014 - allows us to get almost immediate backups that are easily seen and reported on. And the reporting feature has been particularly beneficial to upper management. Everyone wants to make sure that our most critical data is backed up on a frequent basis. When you do manual backups, you do not get the benefit of seeing successes and failures and how often you have to do restores. With SnapCenter, you get all of that. View full review »
StorageA7b81
Storage Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I like the instant backups and recovery feature that SnapCenter provides within NetApp storage systems. That's mostly why I'm using it. View full review »
Yanuar Priambodo
Technical Service Engineer at Comsys Telecom & Media
It's very helpful because SnapCenter is already integrated with VMware Snapshot, so it's very easy to use. View full review »
Nikolay Gorbunov
Lead Engineer at a integrator with 201-500 employees
It has very fast backup and can handle a huge amount of data. It also enables fast recovery. View full review »
Edgars Jansons
Storage Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Restoring and cloning are easy to do. View full review »
ITManagec1d3
IT Manager at a tech company with 51-200 employees
We can back up according to application types and not bind. All the features are good for NetApp storage. SnapCenter is the top application. It makes it very easy to work with backup tools. View full review »
reviewer974046
Sr. Unix Systems and Storage Administrator at a retailer with 51-200 employees
Here are just some of the valuable features: * Quick cloning of DB environments when development or testing is critical. I love the new clone split feature and the clone update without re-cloning. * Centralized management of backup plug-ins without having to manage them at the host. You can perform host/agent download and push of updates. * Tight integration with NetApp storage, both on-premise and cloud. * Detailed backup reporting and suggested troubleshooting. * PowerShell commands can be run without having to access via the GUI. View full review »
Joao Lavrador
Storage Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The easy installation of the plug-ins to the host is the most valuable feature. View full review »
StorageE2f71
Storage Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
The ease of access and management from both storage and backup being all in one area, where it integrates with SnapVault and other features with NetApp. However, this is not the case for databases where we used to take consistent Snapshots. View full review »
Arnold Romeijn
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature is the RBAC, the Role-Based Access Control. In our managed services, we can have different layers of security. Our customers can see their backups and some customers can do their own restores. But they are not able to mess up their schedules or data from other customers. View full review »
StorageA9fdd
Storage Architect at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
For us, it's the Exchange plugin because we have a lot of customers that use SnapManager Exchange and have to migrate to SnapCenter. View full review »
reviewer952908
Storage Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Assisting backups. View full review »
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