NetApp ONTAP Review

It has been very stable. Our mission-critical applications are on it.


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is network-attached storage.

How has it helped my organization?

It's much easier and faster to deploy our storage with ONTAP than some of the other solutions that we have.

We use it for everything from payroll to home directories.

What is most valuable?

  • Availability
  • Resiliency
  • Ease of use

It stays up. My people can easily manage it. It just works for us. It has been very stable. Upgrades have worked. We've had very minor to no real problems with it.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have additional cloud integration and the ability to Snapshot directly to Amazon. This would help us reduce costs, provide us additional disaster recovery, and give us a site that's not owned by us.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been very stable. Otherwise, we wouldn't have put our mission-critical applications on it.

We can do upgrades without taking it down. We have had nodes fail and people just kept working.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has scaled really well for us. We started off with several nodes and are up to about 16 node clusters now.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support has been great. We also have professional services in our offices, and our professional service guys have been awesome. They are super-fast in finding problems and fixing them.

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

We switched solutions because were at capacity as far as size. NetApp was also cheaper and easier for us to deploy.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward and simple. Put an IP on it, give it some passwords, and we configured from there with strips and other stuff.

What about the implementation team?

We deployed with an in-house. The experience was great. We had enough experience in-house that it worked.

What was our ROI?

This solution has helped our organization reduce our overall cost of storage. We're part of the NetApp OnDemand, where we lease it. Also, it doesn't take as many people to administer the solution as some other products.

Because of its manageability, we have fewer people managing it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our short list was Dell EMC and NetApp. NetApp was more familiar to our people, and they came in cheaper per gigabyte.

What other advice do I have?

It has been amazingly easy for us to use.

We hope will be using this solution for machine learning, AI, and real-time analytics in the future.

We are not using NVMe yet.

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