NetApp ONTAP Review

This solution has helped reduce the overall cost of storage space in our organization by allowing us to use one data center, instead of two

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case for this solution is the storage and backup.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously we didn't have DR, but ever since we purchased the NetApp server, we are able to use SnapMirror and then create DR scenarios, so that's been a huge benefit.

This solution has helped reduce the overall cost of storage space in our organization by allowing us to use one data center, instead of two, and then allowing us to replicate the data; so that saves us money to buy more storage.

We have been able to save space by using this solution.

What is most valuable?

SnapMirror. DR replication, it's very useful that we have backups.

What needs improvement?

I would like the ability to perform backups in the cloud. That way you don't have to worry about building the data center. Everything's already in the cloud.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable. We never had any data corruption or data loss, so, it's been very stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would say we have platinum support, so they're really good for our work, so they're really good. You get what you paid for.

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

Previously, we didn't use any other solution. NetApp came out and gave us a demo and it just works. 

How was the initial setup?

Yes. It was very straightforward. Very easy. The PSE came in and showed us how to do it. We followed the instructions and it just works.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

EMC, Hitachi, and IBM. We chose NetApp because of its ease of use. 

What other advice do I have?

Our approximate cost per IOP is at least a couple of million.

I would give this product a rating of 8 out of 10. There could be improvements, its proprietary software so it can be pricey.

I say give NetApp a try. Its very simple to install and easy to use.

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