NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Review

Reduced our recovery time and reduced our cloud costs

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for multiprotocol access.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us with our snapshots with our backups. We do a lot of SnapVault backups to our secondary data center and that is very efficient for us. It reduced our recovery time.

ONTAP has reduced our company's footprint on the cloud and has reduced our cloud costs.

What is most valuable?

Multiprotocol is the most valuable feature because Amazon was not able to provide us with access to the same data from Linux and from Windows clients. That was our value proposition for CVO, Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

The operational recovery of snapshot copies and thin clones is very fast and efficient. We do a lot of database refreshes, and the dual clones and copies have reduced a lot of operational time.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is amazing. 

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

We are old NetApp customers and we chose this solution because we wanted to adopt newer technologies. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It's easy to deploy. We have faster deployments. We used Cloud Manager to get up and running. Its configuration wizard and ability to automate the process was amazing. It's easy to use, simple, and it does everything.

What about the implementation team?

We used a partner for the deployment called EBT. Our experience with them was smooth. They know what they're doing. 

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI.

What other advice do I have?

We are a big NFS shop, so ONTAP is a great fit for us. If you are an NFS shop then I would recommend getting ONTAP.

I would rate ONTAP a nine out of ten. Not a perfect ten because it's not very efficient with upgrades and management. 

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