NetApp ONTAP Review

The initial setup was straightforward. It came in a box ready to go.

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is as an application file server.

How has it helped my organization?

It is able to restore back several points during the day if there is a production issue.

What is most valuable?

  • Flexible consumption
  • Being able to scale as we need to
  • Data production
  • SnapMirror

What needs improvement?

I would like to see Synchronize Snap mode in the next release.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is good. We haven't had a severe outage in years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is very good, especially how it has matured over the past few years in cluster mode. We can now add nodes without disruptions.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has generally improved, especially the tickets for Cloud IQ where you are able to go through and it intelligently tells you how it has changed over time. That's pretty nice.

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

Performance: We outgrew the box. Or, the support was ending. It was one of those two scenarios.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It came in a box ready to go.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller for the deployment, Applied Computer Solutions out of LA, who was very good. We've been using them since 1997.

What was our ROI?

The data compression and deduplication have kept us from buying more disks these past three years.

What other advice do I have?

Try it out, get your hands on it, and see what it does.

Every year, I am impressed with the product. It has gotten better over the years with cluster mode, but it is not 100 percent perfect. There are certain technical limitations with being able to use it for SAN, but it's improving.

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