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"If you have a fair amount of experience with NetApp, you can work on it very easily.""The most valuable feature is the ease of file storage.""If anything happens, their technical support will come onsite and fix it.""ONTAP has been very stable for us, specifically in the cloud environment. It allows us to have high availability as well as standalone systems if that's what we want within our specific workloads. Also, on-premise has been a very stable environment. We have very few outages and when we do, we work with support to get systems back online in a timely manner.""The ability for our users to restore data from the Snapshots is very valuable.""Its functionality and technical support are adequate to help prevent failure due to errors.""SnapMirror helps mirror metadata and data volumes between endpoints in a data fabric.""The FlexClones make all the management easier for us."

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"The most valuable features are Pub/Sub, Data Explorer, BigQuery, and Data Transfer.""Their technical support is good and very professional.""Using this solution has improved the security of our data.""The most valuable feature is the cryptographic technology.""What I like about this program, is that it's quite fast, because you pay for your usage.""The feature we've found most valuable is the ability to access our data anywhere, anytime.""The most valuable features are the ease and accessibility of information.""The solution is flexible and very user-friendly."

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"Implementations with other products are easy.""The interface is very good.""General user familiarity with Office 365 products make adopting this solution easy to adopt in production.""Integration with the entire Azure platform."

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"When it comes to support provided by NetApp, they have room for improvement. Every time we go through their support, we end up answering the same routine questions.""The data tiering needs improvement. E.g., moving hard data to faster disks.""I would like to have more management tools. They are difficult to work with, so I would like them to be a bit more user-friendly.""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.""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 navigation on some of the configuration parameters is a bit cumbersome, making the learning curve on functions somewhat steep.""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...""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."

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"I would like to see this solution made faster, cheaper, and bigger.""They need to get some parts of the program more mature, like the admin management part as well as the monitoring part.""The user experience needs to be simplified.""The implementation is not as easy as Microsoft, and the process could be improved.""I would also like to be able to use my own tools and packages within this solution and also have a tool to visualize the data with graphics.""User management could be better. It's complicated process to delete users and maintain the structure of documents created by deleted users.""The user interface could be more intuitive.""The solution should improve its security and accountability."

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"Sometimes it takes very long to refresh the information.""The pricing could be improved. They need to make the costs more transparent so users know what they will be charged and why ahead of time.""The initial setup is complex. Unless you have done it a few times it, it is going to be hard.""Lacks integration with other platforms."

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"Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good, but it was a test system, not a real purchase.""We purchased the product directly from NetApp.""The deal with the seller was acceptable; the pricing is reasonable.""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.""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 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.""In addition to the standard licensing fees, there are fees for Azure, the VMs themselves and for data transfer."

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"They know that the pricing is comparable with Azure, AWS, and those other solutions like Amazon are cheaper, but they are not as flexible.""Better pricing would be helpful."

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Top Answer: The solution is flexible and very user-friendly.
Top Answer: The solution is free to use and comes with one terabyte of free memory. If you need more than that, you may have to pay.
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Top Answer: General user familiarity with Office 365 products make adopting this solution easy to adopt in production.
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Also Known As
ONTAP Cloud, CVO, NetApp CVO

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.

Google Cloud Storage offers developers and IT organizations durable and highly available object storage. Google created three simple product options to help you address the needs of your applications while keeping your costs low. These three product options use the same API, providing you with a simple and consistent method of access.

Fully managed file shares that use the standard SMB 3.0 protocol

Key scenarios:

  • Share data across on-premises and cloud servers
  • Migrate file share-based applications to the cloud with no code changes
  • Integrate modern applications with File storage
  • Simplify hosting for high availability workload data
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Sample Customers
Rohit, AdvacnedMD, D2L, Trinity Mirror, Eidos Media, WireStorm, Cordant Group, JFK Medical Center, ALD Automotive, Healthix, City of Baton Rouge, ON Semiconductor Autism Speaks, Backflip Studios, Beneficio Facil, Bitmovin, Claritics, CloudBerry, Cosentry, DNANexus, DNAstack, Energyworx, Feedly, GenieConnect, HTC, JustDevelopIt, LeadPages, Leanplum, LiveHive, Mendelics, Ocado, RealMassive, Screenz, ShareThis, Songpop, Ubisoft, VendAsta, Webydo, Wix, zulilyTalon, Camden
Top Industries
Healthcare Company27%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
Transportation Company7%
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider19%
Manufacturing Company11%
Media Company7%
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider23%
Media Company17%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Computer Software Company45%
Comms Service Provider13%
Media Company7%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise80%
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise82%
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise38%
Large Enterprise50%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Google Cloud Storage vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Google Cloud Storage is ranked 5th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 8 reviews while Microsoft Azure File Storage is ranked 2nd in Public Cloud Storage Services with 4 reviews. Google Cloud Storage is rated 8.8, while Microsoft Azure File Storage is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Google Cloud Storage writes "Keeps customer data secure and well managed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure File Storage writes "A cloud file storage solution that plays well with familiar products but is difficult to configure and build-out". Google Cloud Storage is most compared with Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Amazon S3 Glacier, Amazon S3, Huawei FusionStorage and Elastifile, whereas Microsoft Azure File Storage is most compared with Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Azure NetApp Files, Oracle Database Backup Service, Amazon S3 Glacier and Elastifile. See our Google Cloud Storage vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage report.

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