NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Competitors and Alternatives

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GW
Platform and Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Flexible, good performance, cost-effective, and well-suited for disaster recovery storage

What is our primary use case?

We are a disaster recovery company and we used Zadara as a storage platform for all of our disaster recovery solutions. We do not make use of the computing and networking services they offer. Rather, we only use the storage facility. Our main environment is Zadara Storage, and then we have multiple VMware and Hyper-V virtual clusters that run the services we provide to our customers. We've also got numerous recovery platforms as well, which we can recover customer's environments onto. Zadara is a key underpinning of that because, without that common storage layer and the services running on… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "It's very easy to expand and compared to other storage systems that we've used, it's a lot more expandable and a lot more flexible in how it's deployed."
  • "The management interface is more geared towards end-users rather than a service partner like ourselves, and there are improvements that can be made around that."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is looking to implement Zadara Storage is to "Give it a go." It's a different model compared to everybody else, and it can take you out of your comfort zone if you're used to purchasing legacy storage systems because it works in a completely different way. Also, Zadara isn't as well known in the marketplace as the likes of EMC, NetApp, or IBM, et cetera. For us, it was very easy to test out all of the functionality of Zadara and make sure that it ticked all the boxes for what we wanted, using it in the public cloud to start with. Testing everything ensured that it was…
LC
Principal Systems Engineer - Datacenter Services at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Has high availability and enables us to centralize mission-critical applications on the MetroClusters

What is our primary use case?

We use pretty much every part of the product in our company. The core of our company is in the United States and Germany and we are using MetroClusters usually for that kind of workload.

Pros and Cons

  • "The product allowsfor the centralization of large environments."
  • "Technical support is good but they can take some time on critical problems."

What other advice do I have?

The solution's Snapshot copies and VIN clones work very well and they are easy to use for recovery. We have a huge environment. We are running around 15 petabytes of data, so doing backups and restores is a daily job and these features have done marvelously for our environment. It speeds things up and it is really easy for us to manage, especially in that size environment. Snapshot copies and VIN clones also affected our application development speed and made it way easier. We are not using containers so that has sped things up a lot. We love that feature, really. Consistency of storage…
CH
Senior Expert Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Storage system with good performance that has GPFS monitoring and NFS support

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for virtualization, data restore for VMware, NFS exports for a backup share, and in the future, we are thinking about using this to update based storage for S3 buckets. At the moment, we mainly use it for NFS topics.

Pros and Cons

  • "GPFS monitoring is the best feature."
  • "The biggest problem is that it is not able to provide block storage."

What other advice do I have?

We are using this solution in our Opcos and the challenge in my role as an architect is staying informed of what solutions are to be used in the future. What is the best solution to carry that will cover all of the requests that we have and for the multiple cloud solutions regarding STS soft topic? I am currently making comparisons for this and I need support for this as a strategy for the next five years. I am the lead architect for this solution in our company. My advice would be to use a consultant or a technical person to implement this solution. It's a better way. I would rate this…
AA
Governor at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Easy to set up, good deduplication features, and proactive technical support

What is our primary use case?

This is our centralized storage for our applications and data.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is deduplication, as we have no duplication in the snapshots."
  • "I would like to have site-to-site replication capability for applications."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to use HCI. It has more features than the traditional approach, the administration is easier, and the performance is better. Troubleshooting something that is all-in-one will also be easier. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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