NetApp SnapMirror vs NetApp Snapshot comparison

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"The technology enables us to have a safe backup."

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"NetApp Snapshot's most valuable features are the snapshot capabilities, you can take snaps of shared directories, files, and VMs.""The most valuable features of NetApp Snapshot are the integration with other vendors and customization.""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."

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"Compression and deduplication could be improved."

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"NetApp Snapshot's price could improve to allow them to capture more market shares.""The UI is probably their biggest weakness. There are always glitches in the HTML UI.""The initial setup of NetApp Snapshot is not straightforward. It's not something that you can do just by clicking on the next step button. It has to be designed and it has to be implemented according to your network capabilities and the use case scenario."

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  • "The price of NetApp Snapshot depends on the use case. They charge by how much data you need, the capability, and for snap licenses."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable but could improve. However, if you are in a country that has a poor currency then the price will be considered expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The technology enables us to have a safe backup.
    Top Answer:We purchased SnapMirror as a bundle which makes it less expensive. Everything is included in the price. The price is reasonable compared to some of the other flashy solutions.
    Top Answer:The NetApp storage is entry-level storage. I'd like to see compression and deduplication and encryption improved, and I'd like to have real-time replication so I have a zero RPO. Snapshotting always… more »
    Top Answer:Here's a breakdown of how the data replication by NetApp Snapshot works: it's through the snapshot replication method. What does that mean? Well, in simple words, the software creates copies of data… more »
    Top Answer:Last time I checked, the NetApp Snapshot data replication software could go up to 255 snapshot copies. I'm not sure how familiar you are with similar software, but that's a pretty good number. It… more »
    Top Answer:Well yes, the snapshots that NetApp Snapshot creates are your backup. But then there's also their feature for advanced backup. This allows you to copy backups to offline locations and also make… more »
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    NetApp SnapMirror technology provides fast, efficient data replication and disaster recovery (DR) for your critical data. Use a single solution across all NetApp storage arrays and protocols. SnapMirror technology works with any application, in both virtual and traditional environments, and in multiple configurations, including hybrid cloud.

    NetApp Snapshot is a data replication software that works through snapshot copies, crucial for the recovery of data. These copies are used as safe points for rollback before upgrades or patches. NetApp Snapshot provides prompt data replication which is also highly space-efficient, and provides users with the full management and control of their data and its copies. Through the various solutions the Snapshot technology has introduced, companies receive enhanced stability, functionality, and performance, as well as storage efficiency.

    NetApp Snapshot uses two types of snapshot technologies to handle data replication: Copy on Write (COW) and Redirect on Write (ROW). The COW technologies make a copy of the original information and then only after the replication process is completed does the system overwrite the modified data into the original blocks. In contrast, ROW redirects the snapshots to new storage blocks, updating pointers to those blocks, which always point to the original location. When NetApp Snapshot combines the two technologies, it allows customers to save storage efficiency by way of deduplication and compression.

    NetApp Snapshot Features

    NetApp Snapshot’s valuable features include:

    • Data replication stability: Every NetApp Snapshot copy is an immutable, static copy, giving organizations the opportunity to create consistent backups from their storage system while applications are running.

    • Performance impact: The performance of NetApp's systems that store NetApp Snapshot aren’t affected. The actions of creating or deleting a Snapshot copy also don't greatly impact the performance of the systems where they are located. NetApp’s storage can be used for data replication, backup, and archival even if a company is using another storage system.

    • Storage scale: Another beneficial feature of NetApp is the volume of storage, which supports 255 Snapshot copies. This provides users with the opportunity to perform frequent data replication, thus creating current versions of their data.

    • File recovery: The above-mentioned features allow for the creation of backup for recovery purposes. They also provide\ the opportunity to copy backups to offline storage as well as to create an archive for them.

    • Storage utilization: The option for utilization of storage allows NetApp Snapshot users to benefit from storage volumes similar to those of active file systems. The software works through block increment, which limits the interval of time between added blocks of Snapshot copies, thus creating more efficient storage.

    NetApp Snapshot Benefits

    The benefits of using NetApp Snapshot include:

    • Ability to create instant data replication while applications run
    • Up to 255 data replicas available
    • Various tools for full-package coverage, including SnapManager, SnapProtect, SnapMirror, SnapRestore, and SnapVault

    Reviews from Real Users

    Gregg N., Manager of Data Center Services at TTi Power Equipment, states that the primary use of NetApp Snapshot by his organization is as a data-protection solution in the cloud and in the data center. He points out that this data duplication software is very user-friendly, extremely stable, and scalable.

    Edgar M., Sr. Data Protection Engineer at DataPivot Technologies, uses NetApp Snapshot for its monitoring or clone capabilities, and he agrees that the solution is very stable.

    According to George A., CEO at BDPR Technologies Limited, the most valuable features of NetApp Snapshot are the integration with other vendors and customization.

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    University at Albany, City of Houston, Yahoo Japan, Washington Employment Security Department, DG Khan Cement Co. Ltd., AmTrust Financial Services, Sheridan College
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Educational Organization14%
    Media Company14%
    Non Tech Company14%
    Engineering Company14%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    NetApp SnapMirror is ranked 6th in Data Replication with 1 review while NetApp Snapshot is ranked 3rd in Data Replication with 3 reviews. NetApp SnapMirror is rated 9.0, while NetApp Snapshot is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of NetApp SnapMirror writes "Provides great data loss recovery and real time replication". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp Snapshot writes "Very user-friendly, extremely stable, and scalable". NetApp SnapMirror is most compared with Dell RecoverPoint, Symmetrix Remote Data Facility, Hitachi Universal Replicator, Dell AppSync and Hitachi TrueCopy, whereas NetApp Snapshot is most compared with Hitachi Thin Image, Dell AppSync and Dell RecoverPoint.

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