NetApp SnapMirror

NetApp SnapMirror

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NetApp SnapMirror


What is NetApp SnapMirror?

NetApp offers SnapMirror, a data replication option.
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What is NetApp SnapMirror?

NetApp offers SnapMirror, a data replication option.

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We leverage NetApp's SnapMirror at both the volume level and full SVM level for our NAS & SAN workloads for disaster recovery between multiple datacenters and Cloud locations. All of our NetApp storage systems are set up to use SnapMirror to help protect our data between sites for a really fast and reliable recovery option.
  • Ease of use.
  • Reliable.
  • Efficient.
  • Integrate with other technology providers.
  • Improve the initial Synch Process.
  • Make custom schedule creation easier.
NetApp SnapMirror has been used in our specific environment for a very long time and is well suited for implementing quick and seamless recovery point objectives and vaulting data for required periods of time as well. I would not recommend leveraging SnapMirror as your only disaster recovery solution as it is not intended to be an enterprise solution sole DR posture.
  • Retention capabilities.
  • Ease of use.
  • Reliability.
  • NetApp SnapMirror has allowed us to recover critical data in a timely manner on multiple occasions.
  • We have been able to decrease our RPO objectives.
  • We have been able to decrease our DR costs as well.
We chose NetApp's SnapMirror solution primarily because it was already integrated and licensed on our storage platforms. This allowed us to have a very fast implementation time and really allowed us to quickly close the learning gap of our administrators. Not only is NetApp SnapMirror easy to use, but it is also really easy to set up. IBM's product seemed quite difficult to set up and it would have taken our team much more time (which we don't have) to learn that product than NetApp's SnapMirror.
Sarthak Panchal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Well from my perspective we provide end-to-end support for NetApp Snapmirror. Troubleshooting issues like snapshot policy on the source and SnapMirror policy on destination( i.e. DR site). Currently, we have a large customer base and we have overhauled around 500+ SnapMirror relations this year. Response of business is quite spectacular.
  • It's a data protection Technology.
  • Highly stable.
  • Replicates read only backup copies from source to DR.
  • Cascade SnapMirror.
  • Broader bandwidth.
  • High resiliency.
Response time is quite good. It is very easy to set up and use. Also, the filesystem which manages the snapshots work on your WAFL that is re-direct on write. Highly stable and efficient. There are very few or no scenarios where we have faced a customer complaint related to NetApp SnapMirror. Customers were quite satisfied with this DR solution.
  • Business continuity.
  • High fault tolerance.
  • Point in time data replication and restores for snapshot.
  • Well no negative impact yet.
  • There are no hindrances related to ROI.
  • Breaking the snapmirror relationship will cause the volume to be RW which causes some problems.
Well, the different products have different portfolios and their ups and downs. ONTAP Select is used for deploying HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure ) solutions or deploying the VM on the cloud. Whereas if we see the NetApp FAS series it is a NetApp NAS solution. NetApp Snapmirror is a Disaster Recovery solution that provides us snapshots and data when a disaster occurs.
The business is banking as well as the Financial sector. Also a lot of customers have switched recently to NetApp. We have a lot of functional areas where we see this technology is a keen factor for dependency as most of the data is been stored as snapshot copies which are then replicated to the DR site.
The type of skill required to provide support on NetApp is we to persuade NetApp learning site and do the NCDA certification which will definitely increase your talent and interest in learning NetApp. Also, it is high time now for NetApp that all the products are booming like hell. So it is a pretty good time to start a career as a NetApp Admin now.
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Resiliency
  • Fault tolerance
  • Cascade Snapmirror
  • Sync Snapmirror
  • Semi Sync Snapmirror
  • On Premises(i.e. Snapmirror at Customer site) to Azure replication
  • On Premises(i.e. Snapmirror at Customer site) to AWS replication
  • On Premises(i.e. Snapmirror at Customer site) to GCP replication
Very well versed and a good product to deal with downtime to recover from the failure is pretty good. Also, NetApp's engagement on Incident calls is very professional and humble. I would give a 100% rating to this product as I have been working on this for the past 5 years. It is stable, fast and highly reliable
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
Everything mentioned able can be evaluated as an important factor as NetApp has been a reputable and very visionary product. Its cost is also pretty good as compared to the EMC Symmetrix and Isilon. It is way good in terms of response as well. Factors that make it better are its ease of use and certainty.
Well, I have seen and worked on a lot of products may it be a Backup solution, a SAN solution, NAS solution. I have tasted the flavor of each tech which is good for the experience. I would recommend everyone to go for the solutions which save time, money and effort. And NetApp is the product that does that.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
NetApp SnapMirror is being used in our environment as a disaster recovery tool. We use it to mirror NetApp volumes from one filer to another one in a remote location. This ensures that we have a relatively current (depending on SnapMirror schedules) backup of the volume in another location in the event that our main NetApp filer is unavailable.
  • Setting up SnapMirror and SnapMirror partners is extremely easy.
  • Monitoring the SnapMirror volumes is extremely easy in the System Manager GUI.
  • The volume size on the destination partner always has to be bigger than the source. This can get annoying. Not sure if they have made this automatic in future releases.
  • When you break a SnapMirror to use the destination volume you have to redirect all requests to the new volume. This isn't really a con but it is something you need to think about.
NetApp SnapMirror is a no-brainer when it comes to retaining an offsite backup for disaster recovery purposes. The backbone of the product is the Snapshot technology built into NetApp technology. In my experience, the Snapshot/SnapMirror software has been flawless and very dependable. The only piece that I can see adding in the future is potentially connecting SnapMirror to the cloud as an additional backup destination.
  • The biggest impact SnapMirror has had in our environment is a change in our backup procedures. We still have individual backups within software/systems but the addition of the SnapMirror volumes to another location is an amazing layer of protection.
  • The biggest negative impact of the NetApp Snapshots/SnapMirror system is that you are putting a lot of your eggs in one basket. No one should rely on one device alone for all your backup solutions. Diversity is still key.
We originally had an EMC storage device. We had quickly outgrown the device and looked for alternatives. We were drawn to NetApp because of the great software solution surrounding it. We had been using a combination of backup solutions previously combining the Dell EMC box with Backup Exec and a tape library. NetApp replaced all of that nicely. No more tapes. Seamless replication no only locally but also to a remote location.
NetApp support has always been great. With the NetApp Auto-support system/web portal, the visibility into your NetApp storage is incredible. There have been times when I've been contacted by them for an issue that I haven't even discovered yet. For example, I received a call 20 minutes after a drive failed in our filer. I hadn't checked my email at that time and therefore didn't see the alert.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is being used for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity by our the whole organization. We are a Health Care Co. SnapMirror in conjunction with VMWare SRM to provide failover and testing of our critical production as well as test virtual servers and applications. NetApp SnapMirror also helps us address the issue of backing up systems and recovery within 4 hours RTO and provides faster RPO. We are a long-term customer with over 5 years of experience with NetApp in production and development at our company.
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity are strong areas where NetApp SnapMirror exceeds by providing multiple recovery options without the need for additional software or degrading network performance.
  • Pro: Stability in storage we have had these in place for 3 years and besides a failed disk, there have been no issues.
  • Pro: Replication options are pretty good
  • Pro: Storage Provisioning as well as a wealth of features that are an additional add-on for competitors
  • Cons: Support is lacking in customer service and being proactive of system alerts and errors
  • Cons: the Learning curve. Easy to make mistakes using the user interface as it does lack functionality.
It is ideal for small and large organizations that have a variety of different business scenarios and locations regarding disparate IT System and complex BCDR Plans. It is flexible and can grow. Once you get past the initial learning curve and user interface, it is a rock solid and dependable solution.
  • Great for Growth and the price points are not bad. My IT Dept relies on NetApp SnapMirror as our primary leg in BCDR for data replication as well as application and data protection integration capabilities.
  • Short SDLC and Support Cycle
  • Support is desirable
  • Stable and flexible
Over the years we have transitioned to NetApp SnapMirror for all our storage needs. However, due to the short life cycle of support, it is cost prohibitive to maintain after support is ended. The main reason we have liked NetApp SnapMirror due to the many options and standardized management capabilities and flexible options for provisioning and setup of storage.
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