NetApp SnapMirror for FAS2240

Mfg. Part: SW-2240A-SMIRROR | CDW Part: 2971292 | UNSPSC: 43232907
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Product Overview
Main Features
The NetApp FAS2240 SnapMirror Software provides flexible and efficient data replication and disaster recovery (DR). A number of utilities are included in the licensed software to deliver a reliable performance. You get FlexVol, deduplication, compression and thin provisioning for added efficiency and Multipath I/O, MultiStore for high availability. This licensed software is also loaded with features like RAID-DP, Snapshot and Open Systems SnapVault to ensure complete protection for your important data.
  • Backup software has flexible and simple disaster recovery
  • Comes with features that offer storage efficiency and data management
  • Compatible with Data ONTAP 8.1 operating system or later
Product Reviews
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by It's a simple and efficient tool to build a disaster recovery solution that involves many applications such as Oracle, SQL, VMware, and Hyper-V. Valuable Features:It's a simple and efficient tool to build a disaster recovery solution that involves many applications such as Oracle, SQL, VMware, and Hyper-V.Improvements to My Organization:We have a VMware environment and many NFS exports to Linux servers which are easy to replicate. If we lose the main environment, we can restore all the applications to the recovery site to the appointed LUNs, and then the NFS servers to another server using storage from the DR site.With VMware, this is very simple because you replicate the identical volume where it is stored in your datastore. I think that recovery for VMware is too simple and you don't need any tool to support this procedure, only directing the LUNs to another ESXi and executing the procedure inside VMware to mount datastore.In the Oracle environment, the procedure to restore the database on the recovery site is simple as well.Room for Improvement:I think that NetApp needs to improve the performance of SnapMirror with controller volume access. This is because when you have many SnapMirror jobs running, the controllers give priority to accessing volumes and transfers remain slow. It is very difficult to understand how to change this in 7-Mode.Deployment Issues:If you have to replicate a database environment, you have to put your database into backup mode before starting the replication. If you don't do this step the data will stay corrupted when you need to use replica on site the DR.Previous Solutions:In the past, we had used scripts before we could perform replication with SnapMirror.Other Advice:You must have experience to implement a solution like SnapMirror, and this expertise you will get only after taking a course and working with it for some years.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Initial setup was very easy as it was part of our Data ONTAP system, so we just select our source and destination volumes and click initialize. Valuable Features:It provides block-based replication of data from the primary system to the disaster recovery systems. It’s fast and doesn’t take a lot of bandwidth, and it transfers everything including data and snapshots. Also, the clustered Data ONTAP is valuable.Improvements to My Organization:It's very robust, very fast, and very easy to set up.Room for Improvement:On very large data sets with a lot of changes, the interval between mirrors can be rather long.Use of Solution:I've used it for 10 years.Stability Issues:It has been 100% stable.Scalability Issues:I can’t say how far it goes, but I haven’t run into problems yet. It’s very scalable, although on very large data sets with a lot of changes, the interval between mirrors can be rather long.Technical Support:Technical support is very good.Previous Solutions:No previous solution was used.Initial Setup:Initial setup was very easy as it’s part of our Data ONTAP system, so we just select our source and destination volumes, click initialize, and that’s it.Other Advice:Keep in mind that is an asynchronous replication solution, so the destination will always lag behind compared to the source. If you can live with that, then it’s a perfect solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent tool. Always a THUMBS UP. The support from Netapp itself is worth the product. Valuable Features:Its ability to transfer data retaining its complete integrity, access, permission etc.Improvements to My Organization:We have migrated data from old and expiring Netapp hardware using Snapmirror - thereby allowing us to decomm the old hardware and save power, maintainence, cost etc.Room for Improvement:None for now.Use of Solution:8 years.Deployment Issues:None.Stability Issues:None.Customer Service:Excellent. None of the users whose data has been migrated using Snapmirrot have ever complained back to us.Technical Support:10/10, just like any Netapp support.Previous Solutions:No - this is the best tool from Netapp and we never thought of any other tool. In fact, all additional features like Netapp Datamotion for vfilers use SnapMirror as their backend.Initial Setup:Straight forward - infact just 3-4 commands can effectively deliver the power of Snapmirror.Implementation Team:Obviously in-house.ROI:100%.Cost and Licensing Advice:No idea. I am a technical guy and dont get into finances.Other Solutions Considered:None. This technology has been in place for last 10 years as I know and I have personally worked 8+ years on it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great for Tier Two Applications but I will recommend EMC or Hitachi for Tier 1 Applications. Valuable Features:Administration of Netapp Snapmirror and Netapp Storage through CLI or Oncommand manager is the best.Creation of any size of storage LUN and replication of the same with Snapmirror environment is most valuable.Improvements to My Organization:I can not say much, but obviously Netapp came out with different types of GUI based management tools for Performance management and Replication Management which has made acceptability of Netapp environment better than earlier.Room for Improvement:I must say that Netapp will have to come out with Better performance and Faster Data replication technologies.Use of Solution:We have been using Netapp Storage and Snapmirror for 4 Years for Banking Domain applications, I have also seen that many clients using Netapp Snapmirror for Messaging as well.Stability Issues:About about a year now we have faced random issues related power supply or auto failover failback issue which was related to bugs in Firmware.Scalability Issues:No, it's very good.Customer Service:I would rate is with 3 as India Support which I am experiencing is not that good when compared to EMC.Technical Support:I would also rate is with 3.Initial Setup:It is straightforward in terms of LUNs,NFS and CIFS with Snapmirror at DR.Implementation Team:Vendor Team - Yes Experience was goodCost and Licensing Advice:I am not aware of it as I am the administrator, Client used to manage costs.Other Solutions Considered:Of course. We checked for EMC's VNX and Hitachi's HNAS.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 In essence, the livelihood of the company is served up from a central NetApp storage system; all company data is there. Valuable Features:I find the most valuable features to be the management suites, integration into VMware with the Virtual Storage Console, and the capabilities it offers toward disaster recovery such as Snapshots, Snapmirror, and Snapvault.Improvements to My Organization:A NetApp storage solution allows a company to architect a disaster recovery plan that protects all company data. For instance, you have a production NetApp. All company CIFS data is located there. All VMware NFS volumes are located there. All server LUNs are located there. In essence, the livelihood of the company is served up from a central NetApp storage system because all company data is there. This production storage system offers local snapshots for easy restore capabilities. You can then Snapmirror all of this data to a separate NetApp storage unit in a different hosting facility. You can also implement Snapvault. If disk-based recovery is enough you can stop there. Or if you prefer, one can implement tape-based backup via NDMP against the DR NetApp SAN then ship tapes offsite to Iron Mountain or somewhere else. This essentially gives you local Snapshot to production, Snapmirror to DR SAN and offsite tapes. This is a simple and brief description but should provide an outline to its benefit to an organization as it relates to disaster recovery or a backup solution. There are a number of different capabilities a NetApp filer provides that is a clear benefit to any organization.Room for Improvement:This has to do with Snapmirror to an unlike NetApp unit and disks but the process is called Deswizzling. This process can get out of control sometimes and cause excessive disk utilization. You really have to be careful with Snapmirror planning as it relates to how often synchronizations are completed especially on large volumes. The other improvement area could be support for replication from Windows file servers. There is the NetApp OSSV solution but you are version locked with ONTAP. You cannot run cluster mode on 8.2.x and still support OSSV. There is an appliance but that can get a bit pricey. There are open source solutions if you look hard enough and put some effort into implementation.Use of Solution:I have used NetApp storage products for the past ten years.Deployment Issues:With large implementations there are always hiccups but nothing serious that can't be fixed with minimal effort.Stability Issues:Initially one can experience issues with stability if the NetApp unit is over utilized. This can happen. I have seen a NetApp unit with sustained 100% disk utilization over a period of a few days. This causes real issues. This is why I say it is imperative to really plan the deployment of disk storage systems. You cannot overload the system with production access, Snapmirroring, Snapshots, NDMP, and such. Definitely give your plan due diligence and design your implementation accordingly.Scalability Issues:NetApp systems are very scalable especially with cluster mode ONTAP.Customer Service:I do not interact much with NetApp customer service. That is the job of my primary purchasing vendor. However, the few times that I have it was great service.Technical Support:NetApp's automated support is great. If the system encounters an issue it will fire off an auto support to NetApp. On the rare occasion that I have actually had to call NetApp support they were very responsive and actively worked to a resolution of my issue. Overall, excellent technical support.Previous Solutions:It is not to say I ONLY use NetApp. That is simply not true. I just prefer NetApp. I have implemented storage solutions from pretty much all vendors. It mostly comes down to a business decision of cost vs. benefit. NetApp is not cheap by any stretch but you do get what you pay for.Initial Setup:The initial setup of racking, wiring, assigning shelves, IP addressing, and even array and aggregate creation is fairly simple. As you integrate systems and data onto the storage solution it can get a bit complex I think. I am so used to it now it is like second nature but I can see it being complicated for some who are not used to a particular solution or vendor. Examples of complexity could be implementing high availability, fiber channel, iSCSI, NFS, LUNs, flash cache, snap schedules, permissions, Qtrees, Quotas, NDMP, CIFS, etc. all on the same production filers.Implementation Team:This really depends on the size and complexity of the implementation but typically it is either in-house completely or a combination of in-house and vendor support. I have never relied on just a vendor implementation. The primary vendor I use is very knowledgeable and responsive to my needs.ROI:It is sometimes difficult to quantify a return on investment when it comes to certain technology especially when it does not technically make the company money. However, with a NetApp storage solution, if designed and implemented for a specific purpose, it can provide some real numbers for a return on investment. If a particular solution was built to provide high availability, backup capabilities, disaster recovery capabilities and faster access to data then one can clearly calculate an ROI.Cost and Licensing Advice:I cannot provide specific numbers but depending on the size of the implementation it can run well into the $100K+ range with recurring support contract costs. With power and cooling costs it can also accrue costs quickly. Again, certain solutions are cheap while others are not. It is really a business decision as to which is selected.Other Solutions Considered:I evaluate different vendors regularly to keep up with new technology from various vendors. I have recently evaluated solutions from EMC and Dell.Other Advice:NetApp is a solid solution for SAN needs. It is best to really do your homework and find the solution that is appropriate for the organization and allow for growth based on company historical data. You don't want to just purchase the top model solution just to say you did but at the same time you don't want to under engineer a solution either. Take your time and design what's best for the company.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 22, 2014
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