NetApp FAS Series Review

It behaves predictably during failure, but it needs better built-in monitoring as Insight is too expensive.

Valuable Features

It’s a decently mature product that has a lot of documentation and standards and is something to be relied on.

Improvements to My Organization

Predictable behavior during failure. In terms of performance, if you have two machines, you know they’re going to perform the same.

Room for Improvement

It needs better built-in monitoring. We can’t afford Insight, and v6.2 seems like it's a purposefully inferior product to make people buy Insight, which is way too expensive.

Stability Issues

It's not on Cisco’s stability level, but it’s a 96/100.

Scalability Issues

It’s scalable, but it could be easier. Just adding shelves might require additional cards and cabling, which can be difficult.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I’m happy with the support, as they’ve been able to solve whatever I throw at them.

Initial Setup

It’s complex as there’s a lot of variables involved. Not for the weak-hearted, if you haven’t done it before.

Other Advice

It loses points because of failures.

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