NetApp ONTAP Review

It gives us a location to store data across multiple mount points


What is our primary use case?

We use it as a file-based storage. We store a lot of unstructured and application data. Mostly data which needs to be shared across multiple mount points.

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us a location to store data across multiple mount points. It gives us functionality to provide Snapshots and backup outside of traditional backup solutions.

What is most valuable?

  • It is easy to use. 
  • It has been stable. 
  • We haven't had any problems with it. 
  • Getting support from our VAR and the vendor has been good.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Being able to scale out at cost-effective capabilities doesn't compare to some of our other storage solutions, but it is coming along. NetApp ONTAP could improve its scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

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

We did not have another solution previously. 

We had specific use cases for file-based storage, and that's what drove us to NetApp.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used Datalink for the integration. They've been good.

What was our ROI?

Recently, we have seen ROI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp and Dell EMC were on our shortlist. We mostly chose NetApp because of its functionality. 

What other advice do I have?

  • Do a proof of concept (PoC).
  • Understanding the high availability of the storage solutions, especially if you have rack resiliency requirements. 
  • Understand how the solution is designed and configured.
  • Understand what your performance requirements are.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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