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Vladislav Malicevic
Real User
Vice President Cloud Operations at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Mar 23 2020

What is most valuable?

Ease of provisioning: It's very easy to consume the product. We are not doing this manually. We are doing this programmatically, but it's very easy and seamless for us to consume it. It's like any… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have seen solutions where you need to provision totally new storage, e.g., two terabytes, then reconfigure, shut down everything, reconfigure, and copy data to bigger storage and restart. This… more»

What needs improvement?

I have a hunch that storage could be now the most expensive portion of our monthly bill. So I can imagine that, not this year, but next year we will be talking about looking deeper into ways how we… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

NetApp is a premium offering, so it's not a cheap product, but it is well-priced. It combines a couple of properties which customers like us are willing to pay. Could it be cheaper? Yes, but if you… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend having a look at NetApp. We tried it and were ecstatic about it, so we found our solution. When we tried Azure NetApp Files, it was like, "Wow." So, we went for it. It has literally… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There is a native support in Microsoft Azure Files. They have block storage along with different kinds of storage. Those are either slow to mount,slow to start using, or slow to use. Prior to Azure… more»
Real User
AVP at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Nov 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The critical features of this solution are SnapMirror for replication, data protection, and SnapLock. Replication is important to us because we are a financial company… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the benefits that I saw was that the administrators are hands-off, and don't have to worry about disk replacements. All we care about is creating volumes and giving… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to be able to replicate data to different regions as soon as possible. The data protection piece is missing. We would like to have backup functionality… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our pricing has not been determined because we are still waiting on additional features.

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

Microsoft brought this solution forward to us. Once I heard about it, I saw the value in getting our time back. That is very important for us because we are a lean group… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is researching this solution is that it's a good opportunity for companies to save time on operations. Definitely, I would recommend Azure NetApp… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We do have Cloud Volume Service on AWS, which is pretty much the same, I would say. There's no difference between this solution and that one. However, Azure NetApp Files… more»
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DayaKadam
Real User
Storage Engineer at Walgreen Co.
Oct 30 2019

What is most valuable?

* You can scale. * The response time is very good on Azure NetApp Files. This is important because it solves the problem where we can export our Unix NFS shares with Windows as well as our UNIX… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Azure has their native tools. We use the server tools to monitor the response time and availability of the shares.

What needs improvement?

We would like for the files which are coming in that we can version them. So, if a file is accidentally deleted, there should have a recycle bin option where we can go back, and at least once, clean… more»

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

Our management made a decision that we had to move into the cloud. They went into a agreement with Microsoft that they would like to reduce their on-prem data center infrastructure and move as many… more»

What other advice do I have?

The solution is solid. It works as designed. You get better performance and it is easy to use. It's a solid product. We are using the same applications and not doing anything new. However, we are… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are working with the NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP. One issue with that is you can use single node. It doesn't have redundancy right now. That is something we are a bit concerned with. So, we are… more»
MikeCostanza
Real User
Senior Manager at Restaurant Magic
Nov 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the quick spin-ups and spin-downs, ultra-fast SQL backup and restore. The speed of Azure NetApp Files is incredible. Instead of taking three to four hours to do a back and restore operation of a large… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The scale-up and scale-down capabilities of the solution have provided flexibility in both capacity and performance. We were able to scale up and add more capacity with zero downtime, allowing us to continue in our migration without having… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see multi-zone redundancy so that I don't have to worry about it. I just back up my data to that one SMB share and I know that it's replicated to a different region.

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

We were using backups to Azure blobs and it was taking far too long to do it. A Microsoft Cloud solution architect suggested Azure NetApp Files, and when we saw the time reduced from hours to minutes, we were sold on the technology. The… more»

What other advice do I have?

Using Azure NetApp Files got us out of a really difficult situation quickly, effectively, and at a reasonable cost. My advice to anybody who is researching this solution is to definitely try it out. Benchmark it against their existing… more»
Real User
Senior IT Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Azure NetApp Files for us have been the ease of use and the pricing to get off-prem.

How has it helped my organization?

For us, with Azure NetApp Files the ease of use has been big. We have an operations organization where ease of use is key, especially when we're starting to go offshore with that [responsibility] as well. The ease of use we've seen so far… more»

What needs improvement?

The speed of Azure NetApp Files, from what we PoC'ed, has been tolerable. We've had some challenges with it so far, being in a PoC, but after we [overcame] those challenges, it became tolerable. As far as Azure NetApp Files' performance, we… more»

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

Our organization brought in as Azure NetApp Files primarily for cost, as a cost strategy. And we're also looking at getting out of our data centers. We went with Azure NetApp Files strictly because NetApp is one big partner for us. We have… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice that I would give a colleague or a friend in regard to Azure NetApp Files is definitely to look at NetApp. NetApp has a really good cloud strategy. We have other partners at our organization and we feel NetApp has the best… more»
Rob Fivey
Real User
Solutions Architect at Champion Solutions Group
Nov 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its flexibility. The speed of this solution is adequate. The fully integrated Active Directory was exactly what I was looking… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Azure NetApp Files gives our clients better options. My clients have seen a performance increase in a range of between five and thirty percent. The scale-up and scale-down… more»

What needs improvement?

This solution would be improved with more innovation.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing fees for this solution vary, ranging from a single shelf to a full suite.

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

We are a Microsoft Premier Partner in Cloud, which made for a nice bridge because we were already partners with NetApp.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend Azure NetApp Files. This solution just fits our needs, and I would rate it a ten out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options. NetApp is always on our short-list.

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Azure NetApp Files Questions

What is Azure NetApp Files?

Extreme File Performance
Azure NetApp Files allows you to target any of your business-critical file workloads with extreme file throughput with sub-millisecond response times.With three service levels you can change on-the-fly, you get the performance that’s best suited to the application.

Simple, Seamless Experience
A seamless Azure experience for your file services workloads. You can deploy and manage Azure NetApp Files directory from the Azure Portal or automate using the Azure API or CLI integration.

Secure Your Data
Built-in capabilities ensure your data is protected at all times in Azure: from always-on encryption to point-in-time data copies (without added capacity costs). And with Microsoft‘s world class support, you can rest assured that you‘re in good hands with Azure.