Anonymous UserDirector of IT at a logistics company
Nick ReddinVice President at American Technology Consulting
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue."
"Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc."
"Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment."
"Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late."
"The solution offers very detailed metrics for their services."
"Most of it's around optimizing utilization, their cloud utilization. They're making sure that they're getting the most out of their in-cloud environments and their instances. Making sure that there's no strange behavior in the environment."
"The solution gives us very good real-time data."
"The solution is easy to use."
"The advisor recommendations feature is the most valuable feature. It helps set your environment in a clean state."
"The features that I have found most valuable, are the trend analysis and the budgetary trigger."
"Microsoft Azure Cloud Cost Management is easy to use and we have a lot of insights about all of our goals."
"The most valuable feature is that it helps us to better forecast and reduce costs."
"Good control features and user interface."
"Microsoft's technical support is good."
"The most valuable aspect of the solution is the fact that it's extremely customizable. It makes it very flexible in terms of usage."
"The interface is good, and it's easy to manage."
"When I did need support because I was having problems with the solution, the first or the second line just didn't understand it. They were providing this only on a software as a service basis. So, they were asking all the wrong questions."
"There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way."
"Their pricing model needs improvement."
"In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial."
"Right now, in relation to monitoring services, there are too many services and too many metrics per service."
"Better reporting is always something needed. That could be an answer to just about anything. But you always want better reporting, better dashboards, things that are just more dynamic and more accessible."
"The drill-down aspect on the dashboard of the solution needs improvement. We get a very good high-level overview, but when we drill down, it becomes a little less clear. We have given this feedback to AWS as well and hope they will improve this in the future."
"The configuration capabilities could be better."
"It would be nice if they could introduce connections to other clouds. It would be good to connect to AWS and Oracle cloud."
"I would like the developers to add more features about migration, like how much it would cost to migrate from, let's say, AWS to Azure."
"If it worked better with other cloud providers it would be better."
"I would like to see better customization."
"Be wary of unnecessary costs."
"The initial setup is a little bit complex."
"The solution could use automatic emailing. That would help improve the product a lot, at least for our purposes."
"Optimization and scalability could be increased."
"The licensing model could be improved. We love that you can use it for free for looking at NetApp products. You only need licenses to look at non-NetApp products, but as soon as you do that, you start utilizing licenses that actually would have been free in the public. So, there is a bit of an anomaly in the licensing model."
"Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
"We have monthly licensing costs. The licenses are probably in the vicinity of about $300 - $350/month."
"It's free out of the box."
"I think the solution was free initially."
"Based on the transitional cost we charge, it's not expensive, but could be better."
NetApp Cloud Insights is an infrastructure monitoring tool that gives you visibility into your complete infrastructure. With Cloud Insights, you can monitor, troubleshoot and optimize all your resources including your public clouds and your private data centers.
Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, set alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources. Amazon CloudWatch can monitor AWS resources such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon DynamoDB tables, and Amazon RDS DB instances, as well as custom metrics generated by your applications and services, and any log files your applications generate. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. You can use these insights to react and keep your application running smoothly.
Azure Cost Management empowers organizations to monitor cloud spend, drive organizational accountabilities, and optimize cloud efficiency so they can accelerate future cloud investments with confidence.
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Amazon CloudWatch is ranked 16th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 4 reviews while Azure Cost Management is ranked 3rd in Cloud Cost Management with 9 reviews. Amazon CloudWatch is rated 7.8, while Azure Cost Management is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Amazon CloudWatch writes "Having one platform, as opposed to having to use a lot of different platforms makes a huge difference". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Azure Cost Management writes "Good reporting and ideal for small to medium-sized companies but needs better policy-based remediation". Amazon CloudWatch is most compared with Datadog, Zabbix, Google Stackdriver, SolarWinds NPM and ScienceLogic, whereas Azure Cost Management is most compared with AWS Savings Plans, CloudHealth, CloudCheckr CMx High Security, Cloudability and Datadog.
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