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Hitachi ShadowImage is the #10 ranked solution in top Data Replication tools. PeerSpot users give Hitachi ShadowImage an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. Hitachi ShadowImage is most commonly compared to Hitachi TrueCopy: Hitachi ShadowImage vs Hitachi TrueCopy. Hitachi ShadowImage is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 76% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a financial services firm, accounting for 30% of all views.
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What is Hitachi ShadowImage?

Nondisruptive, high-speed data replication within any Hitachi storage system or virtualized storage pool is a reality with Hitachi ShadowImage replication software. Use data immediately in modern data protection and copy data management operations.

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Senior Associate - System Engineer for core infrastructure at Raiffeisen bank Serbia
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Top 5
Easy to use and can do high-speed data transfers from one server to another
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of Hitachi ShadowImage is high-speed data transfer from one server to another. Other solutions would have problems with transferring 50 TB of data. I also like that Hitachi ShadowImage is easy to use."
  • "API and script configuration in Hitachi ShadowImage is sometimes complicated, so this is an area for improvement. Another area for improvement is that the Hitachi ShadowImage interface isn't as user-friendly."

What is our primary use case?

I work for a bank in Serbia, where I use Hitachi ShadowImage. My bank has a script for Hitachi ShadowImage, an API, and an extensive database of about 50 TB where data is transferred from Hitachi Thin Image and Hitachi ShadowImage, from one server to another.

My bank bought another bank, so my team is now migrating the data to create one new product, and for the process, my bank uses Hitachi ShadowImage.

The bank uses Hitachi ShadowImage for ten servers, and the solution is used often. My team uses Hitachi ShadowImage to transfer data from one server to another, create shadow volumes, then import the data.

My bank has a Unix operating system and Oracle database where it imports data to a new server, then it has one script that updates the database table and table space, then my team creates ten new servers using Hitachi ShadowImage and Hitachi Thin Image.

What is most valuable?

To me, the most valuable feature of Hitachi ShadowImage is high-speed data transfer from one server to another. Other solutions would have problems with transferring 50 TB of data. For example, DataGuard has this problem, but Hitachi ShadowImage is very fast at transferring large amounts of data.

I also like that Hitachi ShadowImage is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

For first-time users of Hitachi ShadowImage, the learning curve could be a month, so this could be an area for improvement. However, after a month, you won't have problems in terms of data administration and data storage in Hitachi ShadowImage, mainly if you use the Ops Center.

API and script configuration in Hitachi ShadowImage is sometimes complicated, so this is another area for improvement. Configuring scripts and API is helpful, but if it's your first time, the Hitachi ShadowImage interface isn't as user-friendly as DataGuard. Still, after a month of working on Hitachi ShadowImage, it'll no longer be a problem for you.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Hitachi ShadowImage for the last five months. I started using it last June, but the bank has been using the solution for one or two years.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Hitachi ShadowImage is a stable solution. At the moment, I don't have problems with it stability-wise.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Hitachi ShadowImage is reasonably scalable.

How are customer service and support?

I've raised a case with Hitachi ShadowImage support two or three times. The first time, my question was easy, and the second time, it was more complicated. In both cases, I had to wait one week for an answer.

On a scale of one to five, I'd rate Hitachi ShadowImage technical support as four.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've used EMC RecoverPoint apart from Hitachi ShadowImage, but I used EMC RecoverPoint for the remote application, while I used Hitachi ShadowImage for the local disc. Comparing the two, I found EMC RecoverPoint easier to use.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for Hitachi ShadowImage isn't as complicated, but it isn't as easy. You create a node with Oracle Unity. For example, it is easy if you want to do replication.

Deploying Hitachi ShadowImage takes about half an hour.

I'm less involved in setting up Hitachi ShadowImage. I'm focused more on creating rules and doing data replication. On a scale of one to five, I'd rate the setup a three in terms of difficulty.

What about the implementation team?

The first time we implemented Hitachi ShadowImage, we used an integrator, but nowadays, we do it ourselves. We have no problems or difficulties with implementing Hitachi ShadowImage.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't have pricing information for Hitachi ShadowImage because my manager handled it.

What other advice do I have?

My company uses Hitachi data replication tools, such as Hitachi ShadowImage, Hitachi Thin Image, and Hitachi Remote Replication, for different storage.

I'm using the Hitachi ShadowImage version from five months ago. It's on an on-premise deployment.

My bank has a big data center on-premise.

You only need to do maintenance for Hitachi ShadowImage if you add a new disc, but the process isn't complicated.

In the bank, only two to three people work with Hitachi ShadowImage directly.

I would recommend Hitachi ShadowImage to others, especially if you have big data or extensive databases. You can also quickly create new environments, with the help of Hitachi ShadowImage, from production to development.

My rating for Hitachi ShadowImage is eight out of ten.

My company is a customer of Hitachi.

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Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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