Symmetrix Remote Data Facility Overview

Symmetrix Remote Data Facility is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Data Replication tools. It is most often compared to NetApp SnapMirror: Symmetrix Remote Data Facility vs NetApp SnapMirror

What is Symmetrix Remote Data Facility?
The Symmetrix Remote Data Facility family of software is the gold standard for remote replication in mission critical environments. Built for the industry-leading high-end VMAX hardware architecture, the SRDF family of solutions is trusted for disaster recovery and business continuity.
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Symmetrix Remote Data Facility Customers
Global Security Provider, SSM Health Care, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Shriners, BZWBK, Qatar Islamic Bank, Sudwestrundfunk (SWR)
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Sr. Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
It's a great, stable traditional product that is out there and once you set it up it just keeps running.
IT & Comm Infrastructure Operations at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Vendor
SRDF compared with EMC Recover Point has less capabilities but provides ​​reliability and stability.

What other advice do I have?

My advice in nowadays is to look first inside current infrastructure and decide if SRDF is the only choice, for ex. we use mixed data replication: DB replication or application aware replication or filesystem/block level. We use CDP features where is available but we are oriented for app level replication and integrity.
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System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
A bigger benefit if used in an active, multi-site configuration. There are less expensive methods for a DR scenario.
Senior Storage Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
If this had a bit better data compression, it would be the best storage vendor on the market.
Core Cloud System Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Straight forward, although you might face some complexity during the design phase.

Improvements to My Organization

We have built our Disaster Recovery site using the SRDF/s & SRDF/A, Using the SRDF we could have our off site Golden copy for the Critical Data and we managed to restore it back in case of data loss or corruption.

Room for Improvement

They should work more in ‘Security’ and WAN replication.

Use of Solution

7 years

Deployment Issues

No main issues, some complexity in the design.

Stability Issues

In general, it’s very stable although some time SRDF don’t behave as expected specially if the link is not stable or saturated.

Scalability Issues

No issues

Customer Service and Technical Support

Huge gab of professionalism and experience between the regions, we always need to escalate our issues to get it solved.

Initial Setup

Straight forward,…
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