Most Helpful Review
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During the maintenance periods, on any part of the storage or VMware migration, we have had no downtime.
The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.
Supporting of Automated-Storage-Tiering (AST) is a good feature that saves money.
DataCore's ability to seamlessly move virtual volume data between storage pools as well as their synchronous mirroring has made maintenance and disaster recovery planning achievable.
DataCore has helped provide flexible, highly available, high-performance storage that otherwise would have been outside our price range.
The features I have found most valuable are the active-active, or so-called grid technology, and the integration into our VMware-vCenter.
I'd have to say that the biggest improvement gained by using SANsymphony has to be the performance of the product.
The most valuable feature for us is that we can adjust the size of the storage very easily, without stopping production.
We're using snapshots as well and it's a pretty useful feature. That is one of the main NetApp benefits. Knowing how to use snapshots in the on-prem environment, using snapshots on the cloud solution was natural for us.
Unified Manager, System Manager, and Cloud Manager are all GUI-based. It's easy for somebody who has not been exposed to this for years to pick it up and work with it.
We use the mirroring to mirror our volumes to our DR location. We also create snapshots for backups. Snapshots will create a specified snapshot to be able to do a DR test without disrupting our standard mirrors. That means we can create a point-in-time snapshot, then use the ability of FlexClones to make a writeable volume to test with, and then blow it away after the DR test.
NetApp's Cloud Manager automation capabilities are very good because it's REST-API-driven, so we can completely automate everything. It has a good overview if you want to just have a look into your environment as well.
Another feature which gets a lot of attention in our environment is the File Services Solutions in the cloud, because it's a completely, fully-managed service. We don't have to take care of any updates, upgrades, or configurations.
The FlexClones make all the management easier for us.
NetApp's XCP Migration Tool... was pretty awesome. It replicated the data faster than any other tool that I've seen. That was a big help.
SnapMirror helps mirror metadata and data volumes between endpoints in a data fabric.
I think the performance reporting can be improved by adding historical statistics into a database for the purpose of comparing.
Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial.
We are waiting for container support (on the roadmap), as well as a user-friendly full web-administration capability, and an improved API.
DataCore needs a more efficient and better way to keep track of metrics and counters so that we can do baseline analysis to measure performance.
The cost is becoming prohibitive since they moved to a subscription model.
I think an easier way to open a service call, right through the DataCore GUI, would be an improvement, especially when there is an urgent issue.
There is no way of quickly matching the exact size of a vDisk to a disk pool.
The alert system could have more features.
The DR has room for improvement. For example, we now have NetApp in Western Europe and we would like to back up the information to another region. It's impossible. We need to bring up an additional NetApp in that other region and create a Cloud Manager automation to copy the data... I would prefer it to be a more integrated solution like it was in the NetApp solution about a year ago. I would like to see something like AltaVault but in the cloud.
Some of the licensing is a little kludgey. We just created an HA environment in Azure and their licensing for SVMs per node is a little kludgey. They're working on it right now.
Scale-up and scale-out could be improved. It would be interesting to have multiple HA pairs on one cluster, for example, or to increase the single instances more, from a performance perspective. It would be good to get more performance out of a single HA pair.
One difficulty is that it has no SAP HANA certification. The asset performance restrictions create challenges with the infrastructure underneath: The disks and stuff like that often have lower latencies than SAP HANA itself has to have.
The only issue we had lately was that outside our VPC we could not reach the virtual IP, the floating IP. I heard that they have fixed that...
The navigation on some of the configuration parameters is a bit cumbersome, making the learning curve on functions somewhat steep.
I would like to see them improve the perspective of start and search in the panels. This would allow for better visualization of the contents that are captured in the tool.
The key feature, that we'd like to see in that is the ability to sync between regions within the AWS and Azure regions. We could use the cloud sync service, but we'd really like that native functionality within the cloud volume service.
Pricing and Cost Advice
This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage.
Make sure you are made aware of the annual subscription cost when purchasing.
The cost is at the same level as other storage solutions and it is easy to understand the licensing.
The pricing and licensing are better with DataCore.
In addition to the standard licensing fees, there are fees for Azure, the VMs themselves and for data transfer.
The standard pricing is online. Pricing depends. If you're using the PayGo model, then it's just the normal costs on the Microsoft page. If you're using Bring Your Own License, which is what we're doing, then you get with your sales contact at NetApp and start figuring out what price is the best, in the end, for your company.
They allow a special price if you are working closely with them. Since we have a lot of NetApp systems, we got some kind of discount. That's something they do for other customers, not just for us. The price was fair. In addition to the licensing fees, you're paying Amazon for your usage...
The AWS consumer-based pricing model makes it easy for developers to use their credit cards to spin up virtual servers immediately.
Compared to other storage vendors, NetApp, is not always able to compete with their pricing. Yet, we acknowledge the ease of use ONTAP brings with the AWS integration.
The deal with the seller was acceptable; the pricing is reasonable.
We purchased the product directly from NetApp.
Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good, but it was a test system, not a real purchase.
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Also Known As
|DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN||ONTAP Cloud|
|DataCore™ SANsymphony™ enterprise-class Software-defined Storage (SDS) platform provides a high-performance, highly available and agile storage infrastructure with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).|
The leading enterprise-grade storage management solution, delivers secure, proven storage management services and supports up to a capacity of 368TB. Software service supports various use cases, such as: File shares and block-level storage serving NAS (NFS, SMB / CIFS) and SAN (iSCSI) Disaster Recovery, Backup, and Archive DevOps Databases (SQL, Oracle, NoSQL) Cloud Volumes ONTAP is offered in a standard single-node configuration or in a High Availability (HA) configuration.
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