NetApp FAS Series Review

The controllers are faster so we have more processing efficiency, and we're going onto the cDot platform, which is already an improvement.


Valuable Features

Today we use it for replication of our transaction data, and for storing data, for which we use the snap mirror feature. Primary and disaster recovery storage centers are connected. Snap mirror backup software does block level copy from primary site to the disaster recovery.

Room for Improvement

We’re going onto the cDot platform, which is already an improvement. The controllers are faster so we have more processing efficiency.

Use of Solution

We’ve been using it for the last six years.

Stability Issues

Stability has been very good. As far as we’re concerned, we update our systems (firmware, OS) consistently, so we don’t face any problems in that regard.

Scalability Issues

We've had no problems scaling. Our business has grown two and half times in size over six years, and we’ve added more disks and shelves, as well as upgrading controllers. We’ve done it without any down time.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Quite good. Recently we deployed micro-clusters with cDot, the first bank in India to do it.

Initial Setup

It was complex because we experimented by keeping data and system volumes separate. We don’t replicate the system volumes frequently. We were able to do it, although we used only 1/10 of the bandwidth with a combination of FAS and vSphere.

Other Advice

Configure it properly. Today we have HA with any data loss because we did it nicely, and took our time for the beginning. We got terrific support.

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