NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Pricing and License Cost

System Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is very expensive. Due to its design, It's not cost-efficient versus doing a physical environment of similar size. Using this solution, the more data you store, the more money you can save, at least compared to AWS storage. However, in our case, we didn't end up really seeing any savings because if we did it ourselves in the traditional filer and environment, it would have cost us money by large amounts, due to the fact that this is a product that has to buy very expensive storage from AWS to function. Over the three years, we've used it, it's been at least five times more expensive to use this than traditional storage. View full review »
Christian Gruetzner
Architect, Storage Services at All for One Steeb AG
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. We have an Enterprise Agreement or something similar to that. So we get a different price for it. In terms of additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees, you have to run instances in Azure, virtual machines and disks. You still have to pay for the Azure disks, and Blob Storage if you're using tiering. What's also important is to know is the network bandwidth. That was the most complicated part in our project, to figure out how much data would be streamed out of our data center into the cloud and how much data would have to be sent back into our data center. It's more challenging than if you have a customer who is running only in Azure. It can be expensive if you don't have an eye on it. View full review »
Padmaja Reddy
Storage Architect at NIH
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 do know our licensing cost to some extent, but not fully. E.g., I don't know overall how much we have gone over the budget or where did we put costs down just to maintain licensing on it. That part of it, I don't know. 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. View full review »
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Storage Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Choose your disk type properly. Go with the slowest, cheapest disk you can. If you need bigger, faster ones then go for them. They've got a variety of license schemes. The one we've gone for is where we pay NetApp once a year. They call it the Bring Your Own license scheme. There is a by-the-hour or by-the-month basis from AWS and you can get it that way as well and be billed through AWS. But you may not get the same level of discounts that you would if you were dealing with NetApp directly. If you are committed to having a client filer for an extended period, then go with the NetApp licensing model rather than the AWS-provisioned one. Ultimately, the more data you save, the more it costs you, because you're paying AWS for the capacity. NetApp is licensed per filer, but there are additional running costs that are paid to AWS. You pay AWS' hosting fee for an EC2 instance, and each one of the disks within the NetApp is EBS storage and you pay AWS for those. There is potential to save money by moving things off to object storage. The only cost savings we see on it is against having to buy physical hardware. View full review »
Amarjeet Singh
Cloud Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
If a customer is only using, say, less than 10 terabytes, I don't think CVO would be a good option. A customer using at least 100 or 200 terabytes should get a reasonable price from NetApp. Because we have been a NetApp customer for a long time I think we do get some discounts when we buy this solution from NetApp on a large scale, although I am not involved with the pricing side. View full review »
Eyal Shimony
Sr. Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
We've been working with NetApp on pricing. 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 instances, the storage. It's using EBS drives or S3 buckets. So there are all the Amazon fees that you usually have. But overall, we compared the price we have with NetApp and the price for going with DFS and there was a difference, but it was worth the performance, stability, and to have the capabilities NetApp has for doing backups. All these features are covered. View full review »
Sr. Systems Architect at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Licensing seems pretty straightforward and then we just pay for the EC2 costs. Pricing brings up another point in terms of room for improvement. If they could provide some insights into how we could optimize the cost of Cloud Volumes ONTAP in our cloud, that would be great. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees. It's the same as what they showed us in the initial deployment. View full review »
Storage Admin at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
It has not reduced our cloud cost. We're still pretty new and we're still trying to figure things out like how the cost modeling works and which is the best performance and best cost for our workloads. Based on that, it's a lot of tuning. Once you get there, you just need to monitor your workloads and see how it is and just go from there. For NetApp it's about $20,000 for a single node and $30,000 for the HA. View full review »
Senior Manager, IT CloudX at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In addition to the standard licensing fees, there are fees for Azure, the VMs themselves and for data transfer. The DR environment is billed by the hour and paid to Azure directly and NetApp is paid on a yearly license. View full review »
Lead Engineer Architecture & Engineering Services at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
They have a very good price which keeps our customers happy. 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. We would like NetApp to come up with a solution for this. For example, a customer may think, "Let's use this solution." Later, he realizes that, "This is our solution and I have this budget for the year. If we can pay upfront for one year, then we can reduced the amount we pay." This is currently not possible if we select the pay as you go model. Your OCCM should always be the same as your ONTAP, e.g., suppose you have deployed one ONTAP, then due to some reason, you deleted it and also OCCM. Then, the next time that you want to deploy another OCCM and ONTAP, that same license won't work because the license is based on the OCCM serial ID. View full review »
Parag Veerkar
Infrastructure Architect (Hybrid Cloud Hosting) at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
They give us a good price for CVO licenses. It is one of the reasons that we went with the product. View full review »
Ed Alexander
Senior System Engineer at Red Hat
Our licensing costs are folded into the hardware purchases and I have never differentiated between the two. View full review »
Sr Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Asim Masood
Director of Applications at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
Purchasing this solution through the AWS Marketplace was simple, which was why our organization chose to go through it. 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. View full review »
Senior System Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We purchased the product directly from NetApp. View full review »
Fran Maita
Analyst at 1980
El trato con el vendedor era aceptable; El precio es razonable. Los recursos adquiridos con esta herramienta valen el costo. View full review »
AWS Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good, but it was a test system, not a real purchase. We went through the AWS Marketplace because we were testing the product and have not evaluated the pricing yet. View full review »
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