What is most valuable?
SyncMirror (for legacy to new platform migration, prior to CDOT availability), SnapManager Suite (for application aware data protection features, namely Oracle and Microsoft), FlashCache & FlashPools (for accelerating workloads, volumes and/or entire aggregates).
How has it helped my organization?
A customer was running legacy FAS3140's, 5+ years old, and began deploying VDI clients on their 10GbE network. Their storage became a bottleneck and seamlessly migrated to FAS8020's w/ FlashCache and all performance concerns have been removed, and users have complimented the performance improvement of their desktops!
For how long have I used the solution?
I'm a VAR and have been recommending FAS for 4+ years
What was my experience with deployment of the solution?
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
How are customer service and technical support?
Very high. Local field support came onsite to the customer not to sell anything, but to introduce the support system at NetApp, and how everything works under the covers. Technical Support
Not much was needed for this particular client; however, tech support when needed has been very responsive and knowledgeable.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
How was the initial setup?
Client handled, but very straightforward.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Long time NetApp customer, very happy with the solution.