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Thanks so much! Terri Peluso Senior Community Program Manager
I've tried to read the documentation and at some point I sort of drowned in the marketing bla-bla.
Basically, this is a re-branding of mostly existing functionality and some things that most of us probably wished for for many years from DFM/OM as Storage (and Backup) administrators. (I don't blame anyone... companies like EMC make tons just changing the names of things and adding some fireworks)
Why the split?
Why is NetApp making more disparate products instead of a real "single pane" management system?
We've been wishing for end-to-end data management of NetApp NAS/SAN for years, from NFS/CIFS/LUN to secondary (tertiary) mirrors and on to tape, essentially SLA monitoring. What I have seen and tried to use from DFM/OM has been a source of great frustration and a full implementation was so riddled with technical hurdles that it was simply left to decay. Where is the "single pane" for storage administration? Integration of SAN administration/monitoring? Integration with backup systems?
Will any of this integrate with DFM/OM?
What we have here is a server backup solution that involves as much NetApp equipment and software as possible. I don't want to rain on anybody's parade here, but I'd be more excited if this looked like an extension of current management tools (that could possibly sold separately) that was working towards a "single pane" (not that I like that marketing term either... ) solution.
- Currently, ONTAP 8.x is not supported with SnapProtect.
- It is not possible to do NAS indexing of a vFiler volume
- MetroCluster has not completed qualification at this time. Please refer to the Interoperability Matrix on the NetApp support site to find out what's supported today, and check back later for updates.
Just imagine... until now you had to get several SnapManagers (and SnapDrive) and Operations Manager and Protection Manager, and best of all you would still not be able to get everything integrated and connected (e.g. SMVI and SnapVault)...
In the future you just have to buy SnapProtect (or even get Simpana from Commvault) and everything is covered.
If I have a choice, I'll always choose the simple one - do you hear NetApp?
I have given up getting our snapvault/snapmirror/snapmanager for */snapdrive to work. Even with consultants on the job, we have not managed to get a proper backup of our MS-SQL server since we had it installed in January, protection manager seemed out of focus on which functionalities it wanted to do and I fail to see how it can scale for anything larger than a few servers without having to use tons of time maintaining it and we only have arount 1000 servers(80% virtual). So we have almost already decided to use commvault. Now if I can get it officially and directly from NetApp it's even better and I can't wait to take another look at it.