NetApp FAS Series Review

Snapshots lets us revert accidental deletes quickly and easily, and although we had an outage when batteries were bad, it was a known defect and our fault for knowing this was an issue.

Valuable Features

Snapshot, because so much of it is on our end-user storage, our users often delete things they’re not supposed to. Having snapshots to revert these deletes quickly and easily is very valuable.

Improvements to My Organization

Our greatest advantage with it is ease of use, flexibility, and reliability.

Room for Improvement

Knowing what’s coming down the pipe, NetApp is headed in the right direction. In their five year roadmap, it provides what I need it to do.

Stability Issues

It's extraordinarily stable. We had one outage one-and-a-half years ago when batteries were bad, but that was a known defect on that particular model. However, that was our fault for knowing this was an issue. We've had two outages in 10 years due to something other than operator’s error.

Scalability Issues

Incredibly scalable. Not even touching what it could do. Between scale up and scale out, we’re not even close to reaching its highest potential. We have a four node NAS with the potential for 24 nodes.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It's fantastic.

Initial Setup

Once you’ve done one, it seems very intuitive. However, the first time seems very complicated.

Other Advice

Of all storage technologies I work on, it’s the easiest to learn and one of the most powerful. But you need to spend your time taking classes before digging in too deep. Get educated.

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