NetApp Snapshot Overview

NetApp Snapshot is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Data Replication tools. It is most often compared to NetApp SnapMirror: NetApp Snapshot vs NetApp SnapMirror

What is NetApp Snapshot?

NetApp Snapshot point-in-time copy software protects data with no performance impact and uses minimal storage space.

NetApp Snapshot Buyer's Guide

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What users are saying about NetApp Snapshot pricing:
  • "As far as their licensing costs, the licensing is paid on a yearly basis. The organization pays for the licensing based on the software and the capacity that they choose."
  • "It's not too expensive."

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Gregg Norton
ERP Systems Manager at TTi Power Equipment
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Very user-friendly, extremely stable, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to protect data in the cloud and data in the data center. If something such as ransomeware comes along and corrupts our production data, I roll the volumes back to the last snapshot. More commonly, somebody deletes or corrupts a file inadvertently. In some cases we can roll back to the last Snapshot, however, that usually isn't a viable option because other data in the volume would be lost. That said, the system gives me the ability to mount up a Snapshot, go get the data that they were looking for, and move it back to where they need it.

Pros and Cons

  • "From a functional standpoint, it's been, pretty much bulletproof. I have never gone to a snapshot and not been able to do what I needed to do."
  • "The UI is probably their biggest weakness. There are always glitches in the HTML UI."

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with the company. A lot of our data protection strategy is still centered around NetApp. We will be, over the next three years, migrating to a more cloud-enabled strategy that will still be centered around Netapp technology. We looked at all on-prem, cloud as much as possible, and a couple of points in between, but the problem with migrating from on-prem to cloud is that we were going to have to lift and shift a serious amount of data from the data center to the cloud. If you account for ingress fees and all those sorts of things…
GA
CEO at BDPR Technologies Limited
Real User
Top 20
Offers advanced backups with special capabilities and has the unique ability to clone

What is our primary use case?

One thing about Snapshot is that it can be used for so many things. Say, for example, I want to take a backup of my database at a scheduled time, I can take a snapshot of that on whatever schedule I want. The snapshot takes just a few seconds to record. During the capture and while taking the snapshot, the database is frozen for me for only a few seconds that the snapshot takes. I can now mount that particular snapshot — or any snapshot — and then begin to do a clone of this database. This means I do not have to take the database offline to do a backup. That is just one example of what this… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "This mature product is the leader in the backup industry with unique features and capabilities for users with advanced backup needs."
  • "NetApp needs to take a look at their pricing in comparison to the competition and make the appropriate change to attract more customers and gain in market share."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to people who are considering NetApp as a solution is that rather than just looking at the solution and what it does, they should look at it in relation to their business requirements. I believe that the sophistication of Snapshot is not necessary for every company because of what you have to pay for it. Any company that needs to make backups can use the products from any vendor who sells a product in this category because the product is going to make the backups. The advantage you have with Snapshot, in addition, is to have the availability to make very quick backups. So even if you…
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PP
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A very mature solution for point-in-time data state capture but their support needs improvement

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use is to take a snapshot of a current data state. We can use that, for example, if you make some changes — even minor changes database — you take snapshots of the data in a state that you believe the data is good. After that, you make a change to something in the data or maybe something happens where you lose some information or you make some other mistake — accidentally delete data — you can revert to the snapshot and your data will be restored to the point where the snapshot was taken. The point is to create states so that it is impossible to lose big data. Sometimes people use… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "This is a very mature product that does exactly what it needs to in taking temporary pictures of data states."
  • "Although support is good, the global support is lacking depending on location."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, with one being the worst and ten being the best, I would rate NetApp's Snapshot as a six or seven. The problem with offering advice about this product is that it is just a component of a system. It is almost like somebody is asking you about how skilled you are with computers. If you think that skill with computers means you can push a button and something happens, you may be very skilled pushing that one button, but the skill is just pushing a button. You can press it or not. But if you have a whole keyboard, you won't press only one button. You buy the keyboard…
SH
System Administrator at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Reliable solution that works very smoothly and performs well

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use of SnapMirror and Snapshot is for site to site replication.

Pros and Cons

  • "SnapMirror and Snapshot are both very reliable products."
  • "The company could update their products more regularly."

What other advice do I have?

Our license is coming to an end shortly, at the end of the year, and we will lose the warranty so we're planning on implementing a replacement. We need to get proposals for the new NetApp or new Dell and see who is the winner. Dell has come up with other features, so there's a lot going on now. I would rate this product 10 out of 10.
SM
Solutions Engineer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Very good repurposing and backup features with an easy initial setup

What is our primary use case?

The primary use of the solution is mainly for backup and recovery. We also use it for repurposing the workloads.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features of the solution are the repurposing and backup features."
  • "The solution could include more databases and make it accessible to the DBAs. The automation process should be run in a way where it could be run from the database itself."

What other advice do I have?

We use a hybrid deployment model. If you do have a storage device, I would strongly recommend that you implement it, especially with the ransomware that's going around. It offers quick recoveries for users, especially on file servers. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
Manuel Costa
System Administrator - Infrastructure Area Coordinator at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
It takes less time to do backups and it has good customization options

What is our primary use case?

I am using the on-prem deployment model of this solution.

Pros and Cons

  • "Compared to the traditional way we did backups, with Snapshot it takes us less time. It has improved my organization by saving us time."
  • "Not a perfect ten because there is one point off to give it room for improvement."

What other advice do I have?

I'm quite happy with the solution and the integration it has with other products. I would recommend it to someone considering it. I would rate it with a nine out of ten. Not a perfect ten because there is one point off to give it room for improvement.
PP
Head of Unit at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
A very fast solution that is stable and doesn't use up disc space

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for backup and disaster recovery.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is fast and it doesn't use any disc space at all. You can also take as many snapshots as you like. These are the solution's most valuable features."
  • "The price could be a bit lower."

What other advice do I have?

We're using the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend the solution. I'd rate it nine out of ten.
Thushara Bandara
Software Engineer at ISM APAC
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Straightforward to install and offers good integration with Azure

What is our primary use case?

We have VMs deployed throughout the organization and we use this solution to take storage snapshots at the VM-level.

Pros and Cons

  • "We are able to easily do Azure backups and restores."
  • "The dashboards are in need of improvement."

What other advice do I have?

NetApp Snapshot is a product that we depend on and I recommend. It has helped us in the case of installations and other issues. Our main complaints are about the dashboard and configuration options. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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