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Shricharan GaneshTechnical Architect at a tech services company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature is deduplication, as we have no duplication in the snapshots."
"The capacity to migrate machines onto VPLEX is great — it's very clean. We can migrate machines and add arrays easily."
"The solution works well. It's very reliable."
"The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are good. Snapshot copies are pretty much the write-in time data backups. Obviously, critical data is snapshotted a lot more frequently, and even clients and end users find it easier to restore whatever they need if it's file-based, statical, etc."
"The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are the best thing since sliced bread. Rollback is super easy. It's just simple, and it works. It's very efficient."
"The solution’s unified file and block-storage access across our infrastructure is invaluable. Without it, we can't do what we do."
"This solution has made everything easier to do."
"It gives a solution for storage one place to go across everything. So, the customer is very familiar with NetApp on-prem. It allows them to gain access to the file piece. It helps them with the training aspect of it, so they don't have to relearn something new. They already know this product. They just have to learn some widgets or what it's like in the cloud to operate and deploy it in different ways."
"This solution has helped us because it is easy to use."
"The most valuable features of this solution are SnapShot, FlexClone, and deduplication."
"The stability has been really good."
"I would like to have site-to-site replication capability for applications."
"With Dell VPLEX, there are some bugs with Broadcom."
"The price is a problem with EMC due to the fact that it's more expensive than the other vendors."
"How it handles erasure coding. I feel it the improvement should be there. Basically, it should be seamless. You don't want to have an underlying hardware issue or something, then suddenly there's no reads or writes. Luckily, it's at a replication site, so our main production site is still working and writing to it. But, the replication site has stopped right now while we try to bring that node back. Since we implemented in bare-metal, not in appliance, we had to go back to the original vendor. They didn't send it in time, and we had a hardware memory issue. Then, we had a hard disk issue, which brought the node down physically."
"We have used technical support. As long as they don't call me at four o'clock in the morning to tell me that a drive failed and they are sending me another one, I like it. They have a tendency to do that."
"Multipathing for iSCSI LUNs is difficult to deal with from the client-side and I'd love to see a single entry point that can be moved around within the cluster to simplify the client configuration."
"I would like some more performance matrices to know what it is doing. It has some matrices inherent to the Cloud Volumes ONTAP. But inside Cloud Manager, it would also be nice to see. You can have a little Snapshot, then drill down if you go a little deeper."
"I would like to see better integration with Active IQ."
"Only AWS and Azure public clouds are currently available from China, and I would like to see support for Aliyun (Alibaba Cloud)."
"NetApp CVO needs to have more exposure and mature further before it will have greater acceptance."
"In the next release, I would like to see more options on the dashboard."
"We struck a great deal with Dell EMC, so for us, VPLEX was not very expensive."
"Cloud is cloud. It's still expensive. Any good solution comes with a price tag. That's where we are looking to see how well we can manage our data in the cloud by trying to optimize the costs."
"I know the licensing is a bit on the high-end. That's when we had to downsize our MetroCluster disks and just migrate to disks that were half used. We migrated into those just to reduce maintenance costs."
"Cost is a big factor, because a lot of companies can't afford enterprise grade equipment all the time. They skimp where they can. I would recommend that they improve the cost."
"Our licensing costs are folded into the hardware purchases and I have never differentiated between the two."
"For NetApp it's about $20,000 for a single node and $30,000 for the HA."
"Once we deploy the pay as you go model, we cannot convert this product as a BYOL model. This is a concern that we have."
"They have a very good price which keeps our customers happy."
"They give us a good price for CVO licenses. It is one of the reasons that we went with the product."
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Dell EMC VPLEX is ranked 1st in Storage Management with 3 reviews while NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is ranked 1st in Cloud Software Defined Storage with 27 reviews. Dell EMC VPLEX is rated 8.4, while NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC VPLEX writes "A scalable storage solution for our architecture". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP writes "Critical data is snapshotted more frequently making it easier to restore". Dell EMC VPLEX is most compared with IBM Spectrum Virtualize, Red Hat Ceph Storage, NetApp OnCommand, Dell EMC Storage Resource Manager and Huawei OceanStor DJ, whereas NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is most compared with Azure NetApp Files, VMware vSAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Spectrum Scale and Portworx Enterprise.
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