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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.
Its functionality and technical support are adequate to help prevent failure due to errors.
The ability for our users to restore data from the Snapshots is very valuable.
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.
If anything happens, their technical support will come onsite and fix it.
The most valuable feature is the ease of file storage.
Replicated and erasure coded pools have allowed for multiple copies to be kept, easy scale-out of additional nodes, and easy replacement of failed hard drives. The solution continues working even when there are errors.
Ceph has simplified my storage integration. I no longer need two or three storage systems, as Ceph can support all my storage needs. I no longer need OpenStack Swift for REST object storage access, I no longer need NFS or GlusterFS for filesystem sharing, and most importantly, I no longer need LVM or DRBD for my virtual machines in OpenStack.
Data redundancy is a key feature, since it can survive failures (disks/servers). We didn’t lose our data or have a service interruption during server/disk failures.
We are using Ceph internal inexpensive disk and data redundancy without spending extra money on external storage.
Without any extra costs, I was able to provide a redundant environment.
The community support is very good.
It has helped to save money and scale the storage without limits.
We have some legacy servers that can be associated with this structure. With Ceph, we can rearrange these machines and reuse our investment.
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.
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 data tiering needs improvement. E.g., moving hard data to faster disks.
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.
It needs a better UI for easier installation and management.
I have encountered issues with stability when replication factor was not 3, which is the default and recommended value. Go below 3 and problems will arise.
Rebalancing and recovery are a bit slow.
This product uses a lot of CPU and network bandwidth. It needs some deduplication features and to use delta for rebalancing.
Geo-replication needs improvement. It is a new feature, and not well supported yet.
In the deployment step, we need to create some config files to add Ceph functions in OpenStack modules (Nova, Cinder, Glance). It would be useful to have a tool that validates the format of the data in those files, before generating a deploy with failures.
Ceph is not a mature product at this time. Guides are misleading and incomplete. You will meet all kind of bugs and errors trying to install the system for the first time. It requires very experienced personnel to support and keep the system in working condition, and install all necessary packets.
Please create a failback solution for OpenStack replication and maybe QoS to allow guaranteed IOPS.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
If you can afford a product like Red Hat Ceph Storage then go for it. If you cannot, then you need to test Ceph and get your hands dirty.
We never used the paid support.
Most of time, you can get Ceph with the OpenStack solution in a subscription as a bundle.
There is no cost for software.
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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.
|Red Hat Ceph Storage is an enterprise open source platform that provides unified software-defined storage on standard, economical servers and disks. With block, object, and file storage combined into one platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage efficiently and automatically manages all your data.|
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