NetApp FAS Series Review

We can give people large amounts of storage for projects, and then remove it, though improvements could be made to the translation between 7-mode and cDOT.


Valuable Features

We have clusters, and can do non-distruptive upgrades with cDOT and can spin up VMs as needed. We have the flexibility to give people NAS storage.

Improvements to My Organization

With NAS storage in general, we can give people large amounts of storage for projects, and then remove it. For example, for SLS, they can spin up large amounts of storage to hold the output of modeling data, and when that’s done, they can delete it and move on. In that case, they don’t need the throughput.

We have thousands and thousands of file shares and we’re able to offer up to one terabyte of storage, and this gives us high compression and dedupe.

Room for Improvement

For cDOT in general, improvements could be made to the little things, such as the translation between 7-mode and cDOT. If there’s some kind of backward compatibility or translation of certain functions from one to the other, that would be an improvement.

Stability Issues

It's very stable.

Scalability Issues

With cDOT, it's very good. It scales horizontally well, but not so well with 7-mode.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It’s top-notch support, very responsive and highly knowledgeable, very attentive to us as we have a monthly meeting with our TAM.

Initial Setup

It's straightforward in 7-mode, but using cDOT, it's terrible.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
2 Comments
System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesReal UserTOP 20

There’s a transition between 7 mode and cDot already J.

01 December 15
IT Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employeesReal User

There is a transition tool that will move the data from 7-mode to CDOT. However, SnapVault relationships cannot be retained when moving from 7-mode to CDOT. This means that multiple copies of the data must be retained until SLA expiration policies allow for it to be deleted (in my case, years). I was speaking specifically about the translation of commands used to admin the system. Commands you knew by heart in 7-mode no longer work in CDOT. There are many things to like about CDOT, which is why we are making the move, but there are many things that don't work as well as they did in 7-mode. For instance, there is no ability to disable NETBIOS over TCP in CDOT and active directory integration is much harder to setup and manage.

01 December 15
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