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The product allowsfor the centralization of large environments.The product is stable, easy to deploy and it just works.We've seen return on investment for ONTAP specifically on the performance recently. Where we had our file storage solution sitting on a hybrid storage solution and we were having continuous performance issues, as our workloads went up we were able to put in an 8300 all-flash array. Since we've put that in, we've been under one-millisecond latency, and that's allowed us to not have delays in some of our EDI transactions. Our end customer integrates and interfaces with that technology. Fewer outages equal more business, more profit, more revenue, and immediate ROI. We've been really happy with the new All Flash hardware solutions.You can scale it however you want, depending on your data center footprint.Vauable features include the ability to manage our data anywhere, multiple consumption modes, and rapid deployment.The stability of our ONTAP system has been awesome over the last four to five years, particularly with the software. The controls have been excellent as well. We recently went through a view of all of our systems and found a number of them had been up, over three years without any sort of reboots or downtime. We have been very happy with the stability of the systems.I would rate this solution a ten because of what NetApp provides us from a quality layout. The partnership that they provide us and their assistance is very important and the work that they communicate with us on a regular basis is outstanding.ONTAP has improved my organization by lowering budget costs. Deduplication, compression, compaction, SnapMirror, SnapWall, the transaction happens from one to the other. It's serving our needs just as expected.

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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.

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Technical support is good but they can take some time on critical problems.We had a few small issues with setup, but once everything was done it just worked.Some of their products have been really good for us, on certain versions. We've run into a bunch of verts, though. That's NetApp's word for their bugs. Stability has been the main complaint that I've had with the product. Because it's so feature-rich and has so much software related to it, it does come with a decent amount of bugs so we do a lot of upgrades to patch bugs.It takes them a few seconds to do a failover. I hope they can reduce this to milliseconds or at least drive it down to less than two seconds. Some of their competitors are already doing this.The additional features I would like to see in ONTAP, and NetApp in general would probably be the single pane of glass software. Over the years that's probably the biggest area that we've struggled with. NetApp has had a lot of good products, but a lot of them haven't necessarily seamlessly integrated with each other and you have to go to multiple management consoles to manage their software or their hardware. From a customer point of view, I think that single pane of glass where you could just add modules and enable functionality would be the most beneficial thing that NetApp could add.There is a lot a lot of functional integration that we look forward to for improvements. I'm learning where they're going and I'm very interested to see those improvements and how they can help us.If you do the initial setup manually, it is a bit difficult for someone who doesn't know.It should release more cloud-centric products as compared to some of its competitors. We would like it to have the ability to run or manage a solution in the cloud. This would allow us to migrate our data on-premise to off-premise in cloud solutions.

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Depending on the licensing you choose the price varies. For our company and our needs, the cost is very fair.ONTAP has helped our organization reduce its overall cost of storage (somewhere in the high millions).The price point is very competitive and inexpensive compared to what you receive from other vendors in the market.We receive the best support for a lower price point.There are two consumption methods: pay as you go and subscription. Pay as you go... is a little expensive but worth it.It helps us save money using compression and deduplication.With the duplication and compression, we have been about a one and half to two times savings since we are not running all-flash.We have seen ROI as we can fit a lot more storage in one rack.

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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.


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


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


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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Comms Service Provider8%
Aerospace/Defense Firm8%
Computer Software Company31%
Manufacturing Company19%
Pharma/Biotech Company10%
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Dell EMC PowerPath is ranked 4th in Storage Software with 1 review while NetApp ONTAP is ranked 2nd in Storage Software with 57 reviews. Dell EMC PowerPath is rated 7.0, while NetApp ONTAP is rated 8.4. 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 "We are able to spin up copies of data in other data centers on other storage appliances". Dell EMC PowerPath is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas NetApp ONTAP is most compared with .

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