NetApp FAS Series Review

It is stable and integrates well with other components

What is our primary use case?

We use NetApp as our primary storage. Because we are a system integrator, we managed more than 100 data petabytes of data of our customers.

How has it helped my organization?

It is very flexible. It integrates well with the public cloud and other components, so everything can be API driven. Therefore, it is very easy to automate it.

What is most valuable?

It is very stable and integrates very well with other components.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have further integration with some backup products. They have some of them already, but there could be more.

We have already seen the new roadmap and a lot of our requested features are already on it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. We use it for more than 100 petabytes. We do not have any issues. We have never lost data.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It acts as it was documented.

How are customer service and technical support?

I do not speak with the NetApp support.

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

We have always used NetApp, so we did not switch from another vendor.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was so straightforward. It was well-documented.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have almost all vendors in our portfolio: EMC, Pure Storage, etc. 

As our stand up, we use NetApp because we are pleased with it. Other vendors have good ideas, but they are not yet implemented in NetApp, hopefully that will come one day.

What other advice do I have?

Use NetApp, it is good. There are more specialized products in the market, but NetApp is a very good general fit.

We have a lot of product knowledge, and it is not 100 percentage perfect. However, we know where it behaves well, and where does not.

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: We always check the vendor to make sure our clients are receiving the most value for their money. We want the best solution for customers based on their budgets, because it is stupid to offer a product if it if does not work within the customer's budget.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: System integrator.
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