NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Previous Solutions

Systems Programmer at a university with 10,001+ employees
We had always done block storage and we had a large IBM infrastructure, a large ESX infrastructure, physical servers. We knew that we needed a file service, so we set that up. It was really a first for our university. We switched from IBM to NetApp because we thought we'd get better support from NetApp, and we really have. IBM did a good job, but it was obvious that IBM and NetApp didn't always play well together. IBM was slower to put out patches and fixes compared to NetApp. When IBM was telling us to go to the NetApp site to find support, we figured we'd just switch to NetApp. View full review »
Adam Sando
Enterprise Solutions Specialist at Lenovo (United States)
What typically drives the solution is the outcome for the customer. The customer will naturally follow down the path of needing a particular feature set to achieve some sort of outcome. We work through that list and figure out what that looks like. ONTAP seems to tick more of the boxes than any other product. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We ran out of space with our old storage. We didn't have any full DR redundancy because we didn't have enough space to do a DR scenario. The main reasons to upgrade: Not enough space, we needed to upgrade, and NetApp happened to be a cheaper solution than some of the competitors. We migrated from Dell EMC storage, where did have some issues with capacity in the IOPS, and NetApp was the cheapest solution. We got more performance and bang for our buck, so we moved over to the NetApp All Flash system. View full review »
David Boone
Operations and Server Manager at Denver Health
We had a storage solution and during an investigation and a review of the solution, we analyzed the standards for what we were looking for. The fact was that we had virtualization VMWare, and the integration of NetApp gave us a FlexPod clone and the integration in the communication and having a one shop place for all of our troubleshooting and management, and coordination of those three different solutions made the best sense to go with NetApp. View full review »
Brad Schlicht
Infrastructure engineer at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
We knew we needed a new solution because I've always worked with NetApp, although we had another solution with a different company, and it came down to feature set. The solution we had didn't have SnapMirror, Snap plug-ins, and integration with VMware at the time, and SRM. At that point, it was the feature set that made us switch over to ONTAP. At my current company, it's more of deciding to stay with the technology, and that's because of the existing feature set and ability to automate with it. View full review »
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were previously using Hitachi with NetApp. However, Hitachi is lacking in all the features. Our companies chose Hitachi because it was cheaper, but this was back in the early 2000s. Hitachi doesn't have any NAS functionality. File systems could not be migrated unless we connected to a Windows system, then Windows provided the file system function. We looked into this solution because of its high availability and disaster recovery. We are in a dangerous business because something could blow up and everything would be lost. So, offsite backup replication, SnapMirror, and SnapVault are very important. View full review »
John Kinkead
Technical Analyst at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
In terms of a previous solution, when I joined this team they were already using NetApp. We did upgrade our controllers from 6290s to the 9000 but that was because of the age of the system. It was out-of-support and the support cost to maintain them got higher and higher as the years rolled by. It was cost-effective to invest in a new controller. View full review »
Mathew Tucker
Admin at Centene
No, ever since I have been here at Centene, we have been using NetApp. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
We were previously using DAS-JBODs, but this was in 2007. We pretty much followed everybody else when the industry went to NetApp. We have been using NetApp ever since it was 7-Mode. View full review »
Miguel Gonzalez
Senior Engineer at Alliant Credit Union
The performance was really bad on our previous solution. When we did an analysis with our tools, we saw how bad the storage performance was. It was a ten-year-old system. It was meant to run for a small company. It was never meant for where we were at the time. Compared to what we had in the past, ONTAP has given us both visibility into performance, as well as, adapted to different changes. Where as before, we had a system that we couldn't do much with. View full review »
Systems Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We knew that we need to invest in a new solution after we did a total data center architecture. This is the product that we sought afterwards. We chose NetApp because it was the best fit for its price performance. View full review »
Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
We used and still use Dell EMC. View full review »
Sal Rodriguez
Systems Architect at University of San Diego
I've been using ONTAP for about ten years. I started with the 3140s, then went to the 3240s, and now, I just upgraded to the AFF A300. View full review »
Storage Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
ONTAP has helped us reduce the cost of storage by a lot. We were using IBM XIVs (hybrid system) and were paying high costs, except for the maintenance. Now, we are on all-flash and we pay less than what we used to pay. ONTAP is an operating system, but we also wanted to invest in all-flash. We evaluated multiple products and we liked ONTAP's performance and its cost. View full review »
Nana Esigyan
Storage and Backup Manager at Vodafone
We did not have a solution before NetApp, and NetApp was the first, but now we have Huawei as well. We first used the NetApp 7-Mode version. Now, we use the cluster version. The cluster version is more flexible and easier to use. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were coming to end-of-life with our old solution, and this was the next generation that was available, so we would have upgraded regardless. This was the best option. View full review »
Storage engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We always do our due diligence, whether it's a tech refresh or just moving on with another new project. We compare different technologies based on our requirements. Often when we have a chance, we also perform a PoC. We bring that technology into our data center and then we perform our tests on it. We have scorecards and then we go through every aspect based on our requirements, our customers, and project needs. Then we decide if it makes sense to move on with a new technology or product. View full review »
Bill Blair
Storage Engineer at Evolent Health
My management was all about Dell EMC. With my experience with NetApp I just kept my mouth shut and asked technical questions and Dell EMC basically fell flat. They actually proposed a mid-tier solution that was, as they put it, a number of storage silos. And I said, "This is 2018. We have storage silos?" So I was able to work with CDW and prove that the FlexArray would front-end the existing Unity's and 3PARs we have. CDW ended up coming to the table and they won the deal. They came in late but they won the deal. The NetApp people have never come to our office yet. View full review »
System engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
This is a type of solution that we didn't have before. It was new to NetApp. We jumped on it right away, as soon as we learned that we could view multiple clusters on one web page. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Over time, systems age and the amount of FAS that you could fit into a rack three years ago was a lot different than what you can now. We needed to find something flexible which allows us to customize solutions as we go. View full review »
Senior Architect, Cloud Computing at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
We generally upgrade when a solution is end of life or moving out of support. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We switched solutions because were at capacity as far as size. NetApp was also cheaper and easier for us to deploy. View full review »
IT Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We switched from our old solution because of the features. We went with NetApp because of the redundancy, availability, scalability, and cost. View full review »
Systems Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have been using ONTAP for a long time. Previously, it was an old files system called Novell NetWare. It was old, and this was a lot easier to deploy in our remote locations and receive data back for disaster recovery. View full review »
IT Manager at a non-tech company
NetApp was our first storage solution. View full review »
Storage manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Previously, we didn't use any other solution. NetApp came out and gave us a demo and it just works. View full review »
Antoine Roseman
We were previously using Dell EMC for our backup solution. After we created a virtualized environment and used the ONTAP appliance, we were able to provide a seamless process for backups and recoveries. We chose this solution primarily because our customers were gearing towards NetApp. View full review »
Pratap Guduru
Team Lead at a government with 11-50 employees
We were using Dell EMC. We did an initial evaluation with the reseller consultants, based on that we went forward. We wanted to diversify everything so that we could get more benefits from the features. View full review »
James Koepsel
Principal Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We needed persistent storage in the cloud for platforms, and there's really not options right now in AWS or Azure. View full review »
Manikanta Vemula
SAN Engineer at American Express
We were previously using NetApp MetroClusters. We have tested in the lab, NetApp MetroClusters, and have run into issues. I have come up with tie breakers, which are like witnesses our virtual storage arrays. One storage fails and another storage array will be active all the time. In this case, if a tie breaker is down, NetApp doesn't know how to deal with the data. It gets confused. NetApp should come up with a solution for this, such as a physical witness. View full review »
Senior Manager Computer Storage at a individual & family service with 501-1,000 employees
Performance: We outgrew the box. Or, the support was ending. It was one of those two scenarios. View full review »
Senior Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We use NetApp products. If we switch products, it is because the product does not perform or is not keeping up with its competitors in terms of cost. View full review »
Systems Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We did not have another solution previously. We had specific use cases for file-based storage, and that's what drove us to NetApp. View full review »
Mark Ramdas
Storage Engineer at Bank of NY
We have grown with NetApp. As they grow, we grow. View full review »
Executive Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The previous solutions that we have are both IP and Fibre Channel-based. We are moving away from Fibre Channel, so we wanted to look for a new solution which was IP-based. View full review »
Amir Khan
Storage Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We actually haven't switched. We've been using it for about 15 years. We've been with it for a long time. View full review »
Sasi Chaseendran
Storage Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Previously, we have 7-Mode technology. Now, we have cDOT. We changed because now we can move volumes without any interruptions. View full review »

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