What is our primary use case?
Our only use case at this point is for security video for our campers' security cameras. We used to have it on individual servers, then we consolidated that into E-Series storage arrays to increase the performance of the disks behind the video.
Before, it was a bottleneck to have our storage on the local disks. Now, there is no bottleneck at all with this work. It's fantastic.
At the moment, we only do video. We may expand out the solution in the future.
How has it helped my organization?
Well, we are not going to go to jail now because we are actually in compliance with the law. So, that's good.
With the speed of it, we experience no bottlenecks and the performance is there, so we no longer have to worry about keeping up with jittery videos.
It has improved our operational efficiency because we do not having to keep track of 20 servers. Instead, we have to keep track of two arrays.
What is most valuable?
The speed of the disks is the most valuable features. Before our storage was a bottleneck, and now, it is no longer a bottleneck. We are able to have all of the storage that we need for our security videos.
What needs improvement?
The only real issue that we have run into is, when we are cloning, we cannot do a thin provision clone, it has to be a full clone. If we could have this added in the future, it would save us a little bit of space. Other than that, everything has been as advertised.
For how long have I used the solution?
Less than one year.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
The stability is fantasic. We have had no issues at all since we put the solution in place. We receive little messages (emails) every once in a while, saying, "A path is down." However, it has multiple paths, so there has been no issues with the stability.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
It's extremely scalable. This was one of the reasons we chose it. Eventually, we will have to get up to two petabytes on the solution. We started off with one, and we will keep on growing it as more cameras come online.
How are customer service and technical support?
We haven't had to call the technical support for anything. That is a good thing.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
The previous solution didn't have enough storage space to keep 30 days. Therefore, we had no choice but to go with a different solution.
There was new legislation put in place in North Carolina where we have to keep a certain amount of days of security videos. In the past, it was just a recommendation that we kept 30 days. Then, they legislated it, and it has to be 30 days. We were only keeping about ten days, so we had to get a much larger storage infrastructure with more speed on it to be able to keep up with all videos.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was very straightforward. It was three next and a finish; next, next, next, and finish, that was it.
What about the implementation team?
We used a reseller for the deployment. The experience was good. They knew exactly what they were talking about. They came in and implemented the solution for us, which was turnkey.
What was our ROI?
It probably is saving us 50 percent of what we would have had to pay to replace the video servers. Those were all going out of warranty. We looked at how much would it cost to do it with what we were doing currently versus how much would it cost us to consolidate, and it was about a 50 percent savings.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We looked at some solutions from Dell EMC besides NetApp. We chose NetApp because of price and performance.
What other advice do I have?
I would highly recommend this solution for video storage because of all the benefits it has given us. It gives us all the storage that we need while the performance is there. We have no bottlenecks and the price is attractive.
I went to a session here where we could start doing automation with Perl scripting. It just hasn't been implemented yet. Now that we know that it is available, we might start doing that.