NetApp ONTAP Review

The capacity, mid-range performance in the management stack, and its features set are unparalleled

What is our primary use case?

We use it for electronic design automation, build, and regression.

What is most valuable?

  • The management stack
  • Performance visibility tools
  • Replications

What needs improvement?

The product already has more features than we can keep up with. 

I'm looking for a performance bump.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is good from a capacity perspective, but not as good as we need from a performance perspective, but I'm hopeful going forward. At the moment, we are always running out of CPU on the controllers, even the high-end solutions.

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good.

How was the initial setup?

cDOT is more complex than 7-Mode, but we're hoping that NetApp makes it simpler as time goes on.

What about the implementation team?

We used a VAR for the deployment. We have a good relationship with them.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp has been our workhorse solution for more than 20 years now. It's our main solution that we use. We have been using other vendors for the high performance stuff, but I'd like to see a future where NetApp is an option in this space again.

We use NetApp for its capacity, mid-range performance in the management stack, and its features set are unparalleled. We go to Dell EMC Isilon and Pure Storage FlashBlade for raw performance on things that we can't do on NetApp today.

What other advice do I have?

I would give it an eight out of ten on its feature set, maturity, and global product availability.

Up and coming vendors can provide performance or specific features. However, compared to Hardware Universe, Unified Manager, and replication, along with spectrum, from the FAS2000 that we use out our small sites to FAS9000 that we use for big regressions, these other company don't have the breadth to the feature set that NetApp has today.

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