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EMC AppSync: simple, service-level agreement (SLA)-driven, self-service data protection for EMC VNX. With AppSync, you can protect all your data in a single click, dial in the correct service level, and enable application owners to drive protection. Advanced VNX data protection has never been so easy.

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Brand: Dell EMC
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Data Domain
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: EMC AppSync

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Category: Networking applications
Subcategory: Network - network backup

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Licensing Details: For EMC VNX5400

Product Reviews
Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 8reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Configure your replicas without using auxiliary scripts. Easy management, almost 'plug and play' solution. Valuable Features:In few steps you can configure your replicas without using auxiliary scripts. Easy management. Almost 'plug and play' solution. Provides consistent replicas.Improvements to My Organization:Yes. Recovery some data in Oracle Database. Just mount my replica in other host and my DBA and Application Teams can recover some data with no downtime to the company.Room for Improvement:Mount replica function through EMC RM needs to be faster because when you are using Veritas volumes with mirrors the mount routine is too late (the mount process time is directly proportional the volume size when you are using Veritas Volume Manager (vxvm)).Use of Solution:2 years.Deployment Issues:No.Stability Issues:Sometimes IRC Client doesn’t work properly and you can only see when some jobs fail and something is wrong and you need restart the IRC Client.Scalability Issues:No.Customer Service:4 out of 5.Technical Support:Technical Support: 3Engineer Support: 5Initial Setup:It’s an attention point was certify if RM Server and clients can connect on the Storage Arrays and all Storage certificates were imported well. If these step is not OK, you can’t configure and add the Storage Arrays on Replication Manager Server and you can spend some time troubleshooting.Implementation Team:Vendor Team implemented the solution. I would rate their level is 3 ‘cause sometimes we needed check all docs and execute steps.Other Advice:Best practices: Ask the Vendor if you can see other enterprises which usE EMC RM; if possible ask with other IT professionals which work with the product; try to solve all your questions; Evaluate if the tool is compliant with your enterprise’s RPO and RTO. These are a few best practices to decide if you can proceed with the implementation or not.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. March 4, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by It has a rather complicated setup process, but if you know how to manage it, it works extremely well. Valuable Features:Snap mirror and implementation with 3rd party backup software.Improvements to My Organization:It gave us enough time to do the backup for big databases and mount them in a certain location, from there on tapes. So basically made the production database independent of the backups, so we could have the backup window larger.Room for Improvement:Speed of the snapshots, the way how lun's are managed.Use of Solution:About 2 years.Deployment Issues:Some issues with Luns management, luns weren't expired. Also issues with its own database. It didn't marked the unmounted databases and those had to be marked manually.Stability Issues:Yes. Periodically I needed to restart the agent on the client side and sometimes on the server side.Scalability Issues:No issues.Customer Service:Quite good, there was a very good specialist.Technical Support:Technical support was the same with customer interaction.Previous Solutions:I did. However the ones which was a little bit later it fixed some errors, no extra features offered.Initial Setup:Yes it was rather complex, way too many prerequisites.Implementation Team:I've took over the product with almost 0 knowledge about it. The person which handled this product left the company before any knowhow transfer so basically, I don't know who or in what conditions was implemented.ROI:Don't know, software was bought and I was just managing it.Other Solutions Considered:No. I was the person in charge to manage it and didn't consider other options.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:EMC partner and EMC cusotmer September 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The market has moved on since we implemented this solution, but if you want a reliable product then I would recommend it Valuable Features:Integration into EMC's other products (Arrays) and Vmware ESX.Improvements to My Organization:This production was used to integrate with EMC's arrays and to Clone Vmware datastores, this product was very easy to use and understand what it was doing under the covers, it also made training staff on the product a lot easier.Room for Improvement:N/AUse of Solution:2-3 Years.Deployment Issues:No, installation and configuration were pretty straightforward.Stability Issues:Calls did get logged with the vendor (EMC) and it was recommended to install several Replication Manager patches.Scalability Issues:No issues with scalabilty, we expanded the solution to include several Replication Manager agent servers and even added a DR Replication Manager environment.Customer Service:EMC has always been easy to deal with in reporting problems or asking for help on any configuration issues we might have.Technical Support:EMC has always been easy to deal with in reporting problems or asking for help on any configuration issues we might have.Initial Setup:Installation and configuration were pretty straightforward. Installation was straight forward, as long as you follow the guides that EMC have released, i found them very good and easy to follow.Implementation Team:This was implemented by our in-house team.Cost and Licensing Advice:Wasn't involved, so can't comment on this.Other Advice:The market has moved on quite a bit since i implemented this solution. However if you wanted a reliable product to work with new or existing EMC products then i would recommend taking a look at Replication Manager.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by GUI sometimes becomes un-usable, but the App Consistent Snaps/Bookmarks function is valuable. Valuable Features:App Consistent Snaps/Bookmarks and Snap and Mount function.Improvements to My Organization:We have application consistent snaps of SQL mounted to development VM’s daily.Room for Improvement:Each replication manager installation can only handle so many records. If you have over a certain number of bookmarks or snaps, the GUI becomes un-usable.Use of Solution:3 years.Deployment Issues:No.Stability Issues:I occasionally get an “out of memory error” from the GUI. I think this has to do with us overloading the application.Scalability Issues:Yes, if you have over a certain number of bookmarks or snaps, the GUI becomes un-usable.Customer Service:With replication manager, EMC support is pretty good, it seems to be a small team of knowledgeable engineers.Technical Support:With replication manager, EMC support is pretty good, it seems to be a small team of knowledgeable engineers.Previous Solutions:No previous solution.Initial Setup:It is fairly complex. There is a lot of prerequisite software that has to be installed on the client side.Implementation Team:It was installed by a partner. Their level of expertise was adequate.Other Advice:Consider using the newer version (Appsync) instead.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Automation is the word. All tasks are performed without user intervention. Valuable Features:The EMC RM is a very useful technology for consistent data replicas for a significant application portfolio like MS SQL, MS Exchange, Oracle DB etc. Our customers are using RM mostly for backup offloading, data analysis (by making an automated database clone) and so on. Automation is the word. All tasks are performed without user intervention, for example at night. And also it is very reliable solution.Improvements to My Organization:Not mine, but customers. As I said, mostly the automated process of data movement like databases for analysis, testing and development. It allows customers to focus on the application and database, not on servers and storage infrastructure.Room for Improvement:The product needs to be less complex (compatibility, solution enabler etc.). Nowadays the AppSync seems to look very good.Use of Solution:I've been using the solution for about 5 years.Deployment Issues:Sometimes, mostly caused by compatibility issues.Stability Issues:No.Scalability Issues:No.Previous Solutions:Yes, as an IT consultant I'm using Appsync from EMC which is partly a RM replacement and also Netapp's SnapManager product family with Netapp storage arrays.Initial Setup:It's a bit complex, you have to check compatibility twice for all products involved.Implementation Team:I'm a consultant so I'm implementing RM as part of our solutions to the customers. So the question is not relevant to me.ROI:It depends on what is RM used for but generally we have good customers replies on investment returns.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's easy to evaluate the product without buying it so take the chance and try it.Other Solutions Considered:There are always other options but with EMC storage on the backend, this is the only solution (with AppSync) with automated processing and support for many current applications.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by The configuration is very easy using the RMGUI, stability/scalability is not a problem. Valuable Features:The automatisation of the replication process is the most valuable feature.Before we used to manually synchronize the replica volumes with source ones, then mount replica volumes on target servers, then starting databases with new parameters.With Replication Manager we just configure/schedule the replication process once and the work is done automatically.Improvements to My Organization:The product can be used to create/refresh an environment similar to production one. The replica environment can be used for test&dev or backup reasons.The replication process can be scheduled with Replication Manager and this is a real benefit: Imagine that you need the image of your production environment at midnight. No employee is available at this time to do the work, but with Replication Manager schedules you can do it whitout problem.Room for Improvement:Replication Manager is an orchestrator of Replication: it uses several products to enhance the replication automatisation. I think that the compatibility matrix should be extended, especially with UNIX environments.Use of Solution:17 months from June 2012 to Novembre 2013 : I've tested the product on local lab, then installed it on a customer site and accomplished support/maintenance tasks.Deployment Issues:Yes, due to incompatibility between Replication Manager 5.4.0 and VXVM5.0 (HPUX): The replica didn't mount successfully on target host in the beginning.This issue was resolved after Replication Manager 5.4.2 version was released.Stability Issues:No.Scalability Issues:No.Technical Support:When I deployed the Replication Manager and detected issues, I found that the technical support was not really helpful because they spent a lot of time to found a hotfix which resolved my problem. I think that now the product is more mature and technical support also.Previous Solutions:No, we used scripts and manual interventions to create/refresh a replica environment.Initial Setup:Setup steps are easy to complete, but for my case I detected some incompatibilities and this was not helpful...I think that with newer versions the setup should be easy to complete.Implementation Team:I was part of the vendor (partner) team which implemented the product on customer site.Since I had the opportunity to test Replication Manager on local lab, I think that my level of expertise was good.ROI:Test&dev environment takes less time to come up and now it is always consistent thanks to replication manager.I don't have exact numbers but I think that fact should have a very good impact.Other Solutions Considered:I am not an end user and I work for an EMC partner. So for replication automatization requests we suggested Replication Manager directly and customer bought it.I don't know if he evaluated other options...Other Advice:Go on, you'll enjoy using it. Once set up, the configuration is very easy using the RMGUI, and stability/scalability is not a problem.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Service Partner designation October 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by If you want an automated way of replicating your Exchange, Oracle, or SQL servers, this is the product for you. Valuable Features:It's integration with SQL and Exchange for VSS-based backup works perfectly, the agent is easy to install, the GUI is easy to navigate and debugging is easy to enable/disable.I also like the way it has all the Navicli commands to do a Snap or a Clone on the EMC SAN arrays bundled so that no scripting is necessary.It's integration with Recoverpoint is also very useful for DR failover testing.Improvements to My Organization:It means that the manual database scripting for truncating of the transaction logs is no longer required as Replication Manager has the inbuilt scripts to do this for you. I find this invaluable.Use of Solution:I have used this product for several years now with no complaint.Deployment Issues:None...it's straightforward to install and configure.Stability Issues:Replication Manager is a mature product now so all stability issues have long been ironed out.Scalability Issues:From my use of the product, I would only recommend Replication Manager is a small-scale environment replicating up to 50 Servers/FileSystems/Databases. It works great on it's interaction with Recoverpoint and the various EMC NAS/SAN arrays but it's limited for replicating large enterprise environments.Customer Service:Very good.Technical Support:Very good.Previous Solutions:I have not used any other Product that compares like for like with Replication Manager (Backup products like CommVault cannot be compared in the same category as RM).Initial Setup:Very straightforward...just click next, next....The product assumes that you already have a good working knowledge of your environment from Virtual Infrastructure (need vCenter Server hostname and login) to your SAN array configuration and finally to the hosts you are replicating. The install and configuration of Replication Manager will ask for these details during the install to be able to populate the hosts, storage and Virtual Environment (Hyper-V or VMware) if it exists.Implementation Team:Implemented in-house.Other Solutions Considered:Due to my past experience with Replication Manager, I did not hesitate to use this product as it perfectly suited my requirements.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:EMC partner October 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Provides seamless failover capabilities. I'd like to see implementation simplified. Valuable Features:Multiple replica and job linking.Improvements to My Organization:Provides application consistent replica and provides seamless failover capabilities.Room for Improvement:Simplify implementation.Use of Solution:10 yearsDeployment Issues:YesStability Issues:NoScalability Issues:NoCustomer Service:ExcellentTechnical Support:ExcellentPrevious Solutions:No. This product is provided with EMC storage.Initial Setup:In the middle of being straightforward and complex. Implementation guide is in multiple documents.Implementation Team:I implemented it as I am EMC partner.ROI:This was part of overall EMC solution. This product is available with purchase of EMC storage.Cost and Licensing Advice:3 days of effort and no ongoing cost.Other Solutions Considered:Simple to use and great product to provide application consistent replica.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:EMC partner. August 31, 2014
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