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Pros
"It provides a high availability and will increase the performance of any server or operating system.""The user interface is good."

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"The product is stable, easy to deploy and it just works.""The product allowsfor the centralization of large environments.""The solution is very easy to configure.""The performance of the hardware is good."

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Cons
"Although PowerPath is very mature and has been on the market for more than 15 years there are still a lot of bugs that have been profiled with PowerPath, specifically, during any OS upgrade.""The technical support is good but they are not available all the time."

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"We had a few small issues with setup, but once everything was done it just worked.""Technical support is good but they can take some time on critical problems.""The back-up side of the solution could be improved, as could the archive. We still have to rely on third-party backup programs and other archiving solutions. If it was offered by NetApp itself, it would be much better.""The setup can be a bit complex, depending on the environment."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price of the solution is fair."

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"Depending on the licensing you choose the price varies. For our company and our needs, the cost is very fair."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Although PowerPath is very mature and has been on the market for more than 15 years there are still a lot of bugs that have been profiled with PowerPath, specifically during any OS upgrade. In certain… more »
Top Answer: The performance of the hardware is good.
Top Answer: The cost is quite high. They need to work on making it a bit more affordable. We buy the equipment as a one-time purchase and then also purchase five years of support. It's a CapEx model.
Top Answer: We're actually looking at a software-defined version of NetApp. They already have a software-defined product called ONTAP Select. NetApp's ONTAP version for the cloud is called the Cloud Volumes… more »
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7.0
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Overview

EMC PowerPath: Host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.

AUTOMATE FAILOVER/RECOVERY

PowerPath automates data path failover and recovery to ensure applications are always available and remain operational.

OPTIMIZE LOAD BALANCING

Adjust I/O paths constantly to leverage all available data paths and to monitor and rebalance the dynamic environment for the best application performance.

STANDARDIZE PATH MANAGEMENT

Simplify and standardize data path management across heterogeneous physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments.

NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. We provide a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. Together with our partners, we empower global organizations to unleash the full potential of their data to expand customer touchpoints, foster greater innovation and optimize their operations.

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Sample Customers
Healthcare Residential Service Company
1&1 IONOS, Acıbadem Healthcare Group, Adder Technologies, Aero Vodochody Aerospace
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company41%
Comms Service Provider12%
Healthcare Company12%
Government10%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company13%
Comms Service Provider11%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company18%
Comms Service Provider14%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Company Size
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REVIEWERS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise76%

Dell EMC PowerPath is ranked 3rd in Storage Software with 2 reviews while NetApp ONTAP is ranked 2nd in Storage Software with 4 reviews. Dell EMC PowerPath is rated 7.0, while NetApp ONTAP is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerPath writes "Powerful and mature but still has bugs to work out". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp ONTAP writes "Has high availability and enables us to centralize mission-critical applications on the MetroClusters". Dell EMC PowerPath is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas NetApp ONTAP is most compared with Cloudian HyperStore and DataCore SANsymphony SDS.

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