NetApp FAS Series Review

Since updating to Dynamix AX 2012, not a week has gone by that we haven’t fired up a clone to test a user, code, etc.

Valuable Features

  • Clone – we updated to Dynamix AX 2012, and not a week has gone by that we haven’t fired up a clone to test a user, code, etc.
  • Disaster Recovery suite of functions
  • Quick backups that don’t impact system
  • Refreshes test environments quickly

Improvements to My Organization

  • Reliability – hardware performs well, we’ve never had problems
  • Great support from Sirius
  • We’re able to recover a file if we need to

Room for Improvement

We use mirroring a lot, and if it had snap manager for SQL included, we could do that from one location.

Stability Issues

Rock solid. I’ve been at Wilson for three years and have also used it before at another company. We have a disk go out every once in a while, but no issue with FAS.

Scalability Issues

In the last growth, we went from a 3250 to an 8020. We’ve set it up to grow out easily by just adding trays.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Lately, a little slow to respond, but once you get someone, they’re very knowledgeable, although I haven’t had to use it a lot.

Initial Setup

I was familiar with 3250’s from another company, so I knew how to use the software, but Sirius helped us. So in that regard, it was straightforward.

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