NetApp FAS Series Review

Snap mirror gives us a way to snap to our two DR sites to instantaneously bring up VMs, but it lacks certain how-to guides.

Valuable Features

  • Snap mirror as it gives us a way to snap to our two disaster recovery sites to instantaneously bring up VMs
  • Dedupe helps us to save a lot on OS files for VMs

Improvements to My Organization

It provides a relatively cost-effective solution, as we have all our virtual infrastructure on NetApp.

Room for Improvement

They should provide more specific how-to guides. For example, I want to implement Sharepoint, but how do I do that?

Deployment Issues

Upgrades are always hold-our-breath situations. I’ve been lucky, but I’ve heard horror stories. I’m also dead-ended.

Stability Issues

It’s been good. We haven’t had a complete outage (other than when our network the went down). We’ve had some challenges with hardware, but this was done non-disruptively with failover.

Scalability Issues

We’re still on 7-mode, but it still scales fairly well as the 6240 is a hefty machine.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It's used for repairs. We got outside help with set up and to put processes in place. Once done, it was seamless.

Initial Setup

Very straightforward. We’re using 7-mode, so nothing fancy, and I had no difficulties. There were a couple things I didn’t know, but our partner, DataLink, helped. Specifically, I didn’t understand the rate groups and when you expand aggregates, you have to do a full regroup, which wasted a lot of space. I had 16-disk rate groups, added five disks, and it unbalanced things.

Other Advice

Six to eight months ago, I would have said go for it, but now I’ve been getting a lot of doubts about the stability of NetApp itself as a company.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarSami Ventriglia
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Re: Setting up Sharepoint. Contact any NetApp sales engineer, they can point you to one of two things, either KB documentation or NetApp has a 'helpline' that you can call and ask for information on How-To's such as this. I agree though, they do not make guides easy to come by, but they do exist.