NetApp FAS Series Review

It's highly scalable, especially with CDOT, but they should make it faster and cheaper.


Valuable Features

  • Snapshot
  • Snapmirror
  • FlexClone

Improvements to My Organization

  • Huge time savings
  • Large storage space savings
  • In the end—time and money

Room for Improvement

They should make it faster and cheaper, but it does what we need it to do.

Stability Issues

Good overall. We’ve hit some bugs in the ONTAP code that’s caused it to crash. We’re just coming off of seven-mode, and I'm looking forward to the capabilities of CDOT.

Scalability Issues

It's highly scalable, especially with CDOT. We can scale out quickly.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It's very good, generally first tier are wiling to help us or get us to right person pretty quickly.

Initial Setup

It was complicated. We were coming off an IBM system five years ago. We got help for everything from cabling, terminology, and we had to relearn how we reconfigured storage. We got help from both NetApp and our VAR.

Other Advice

Just do it. Chances are the functionality that comes with the ONTAP software will be better than other products at a similar price.

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