NetApp FAS Series Review

I like that there are various modes and protocols you can use at the same time.

What is most valuable?

  • Multi Protocol
  • Scalability
  • Homogeneous hardware

There are various modes and protocols you can use at the same time. For customers who use NetApp 7-Mode, I would rate Data ONTAP 8/10 and for Clustered Mode 7/10.

How has it helped my organization?

  • Centralization of protocols within the same appliance
  • Software defined storage
  • Easy management
  • Scalability
  • Support

What needs improvement?

Migration from 7-Mode to Clustered Data ONTAP need improvement. It seems NetApp didn't know how to solve the main problem of migrating data from an old OS (7-Mode ) to Clustered.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for nine years, both using and implementing NetApp FAS series.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deploying NetApp appliances is hard work. A lot of experience is required, mainly when your project runs a MetroCluster solution.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There's an issue when you have a mix of a low-spinning disk (SATA 3TB ) and multi-protocol access (NFS, CIFS and FCP, and iSCSI). Data ONTAP performance with WAFL goes down on mid-range solutions with multi-protocol access.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've never had an issue with Clustered Data ONTAP, but we did with 7-Mode solutions and large amounts of data in the PB range.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

They have really good customer service.

Technical Support:

They have a good level of technical support when you escalate cases.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've used EMC solutions in different companies.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex and you need experience.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user350622 (System Administrator - Backup & Storage Specialist at METRO SYSTEMS Romania)

I agree that migrating from 7mode to CDot can be difficult. A good solution would be to use snapmirror if you have it licensed on both systems. Only problem is that you can't copy several (smaller) volumes from the source into one (big) volume on the destination system.

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