NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Primary Use Case

John Hegyi
Lead Storage Engineer at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
For the most part, we're using it to move data off-prem. We have the ability to do mirrors from on-prem to Cloud Volumes ONTAP and we also have both single-node instances and HA instances. We are running it in both AWS and Azure. We're using all of the management tools that go along with it. We're using both OnCommand Cloud Manager and OnCommand Unified Manager, which means we can launch System Manager as well. Unified Manager is what monitors the environment. OnCommand Cloud Manager allows you to deploy and it does have some monitoring capabilities, but it's not like Unified Manager. And from OnCommand Cloud Manager you can launch System Manager, which gives you the lower-level details of the environment. Cloud Manager will allow you to create volumes, do CIFS shares, NFS mounts, and create aggregates. But the rest of the networking components and other work for the SVMs and doing other configurations are normally done at that lower level. System Manager is where you would do that, whereas Unified Manager allows you to monitor the entire environment. Say I have 30 instances running out there. Unified Manager allows me to monitor all 30 instances for things like volume-full alerts, near volume-full alerts, I-nodes, full network components being offline, paths, back-end storage paths, aggregate fulls. All those items that you would want to monitor for a healthy environment are handled through Unified Manager. View full review »
Christian Gruetzner
Architect, Storage Services at All for One Steeb AG
The primary use case is for SAP production environments. We are running the shared file systems for our SAP systems on it. View full review »
Padmaja Reddy
Storage Architect at NIH
The primary use case is to move age old data to the cloud. It is deployed on the cloud. View full review »
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reviewer1380831
Storage Engineer at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We are predominantly using it as a backup target for our products. We are also doing some CIFS shares to remote sites that don't have their own file server infrastructures. View full review »
Amarjeet Singh
Cloud Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
I work as a cloud architect in the multicloud team. We have customers that run NetApp services like CVS or CVO on Google or AWS or Microsoft Azure. We help them, support them, and we do migrations from their prime workflows to the cloud. The primary use case is the migration of workloads from on-prem to cloud. We use the SnapMirror functionality to move to GCP, for example. The second use case is that we also have some file services which we need on the cloud platforms. Our customers use file services like NFS and CIFS or SMB to address their requirements. View full review »
reviewer1376757
Infrastructure Consultant - Storage, Global Infrastructure Services at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case is to use NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP for unstructured data storage, both for Windows and Linux-based machines. We use both from an NAS functionality perspective, along with SMB and NFS file shares/exports, for storing unstructured data. View full review »
Eyal Shimony
Sr. Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Our primary usage is as a repository for the application servers. It's mostly for NFS, with very good replication options and backup features. There are also tools that we need to put there and replicate between our on-prem and AWS locations. View full review »
SystemsPd6ff
Systems Programmer at a university with 10,001+ employees
We use it for file services, both CIFS and NFS. View full review »
reviewer1380828
Sr. Systems Architect at a media company with 10,001+ employees
We use NetApp for our on-premise file shares, and we use Cloud Volumes ONTAP as an offsite backup copy. View full review »
reviewer1223481
Storage Admin at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Our primary use case for ONTAP is for DR. View full review »
GeorgeLavrov
Consultant at I.T. Blueprint
The primary use case is for files, VMware storage, and the DR volume on the cloud. They also use this solution to move data between on-premises and the cloud volume ONTAP. View full review »
SeniorMa9b1f
Senior Manager, IT CloudX at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are using it for storing files, to get high-performance access to files. We are also using NetApp for DR. We copy the information to the same system in other regions. View full review »
reviewer1380825
Lead Engineer Architecture & Engineering Services at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The main use case of ONTAP is for users to utilize SharePoint. From there, they need to access data where there are specific applications as well as an individual shared folder. It is being used for application purposes as well as for individual user purposes. We are using the latest version. View full review »
Parag Veerkar
Infrastructure Architect (Hybrid Cloud Hosting) at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Our use case is to have multitenant deployment of shared storage, specifically network-attached storage (NAS). This file share is used by applications that are very heavy with a very high throughput. Also, an application needs to be able to sustain the read/write throughput and persistent volume. Cloud Volumes ONTAP helps us to get the required performance from our applications. We just got done with our PoC. We are now engaging with NetApp CVO to get this solution rolled out (deployment) and do hosting for our customers on top of that. View full review »
Ed Alexander
Senior Systems Administrator at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
We use this solution both on-premises and in the cloud. Our primary use case for our on-premises implementation is production data and DR. In our cloud implementation, we use this solution for DR. Moving to the cloud version was something that was different for us, but it was a fairly easy transition. Once we got comfortable with it, now it's second nature. There are many new features and I find that it is more valuable. In terms of operational recovery, the solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones are easy to do. It greatly simplifies DR testing or application testing because we can very quickly clone a volume provided to the application team. They can use it, and if they want to keep it then we'll split it off and they have their own volume. Or, if they don't want to use it then we just throw it away. With respect to using inline encryption using SnapMirror, this is something that we are interested in but our version does not support it. Once we upgrade to a supporting version, we plan to deploy it. The solution's unified file and block storage access give us a standard common interface and a set of tools that we use regardless of whether we're dealing with the cloud or on-premises. The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones have greatly improved our application development speed. The DBAs can create clones on their own and do whatever they want with them. They can keep them, destroy them, split them, etc. It takes a load off of the storage administrators and puts it where it really should be. The consistency of storage management across clouds has made our storage operations a lot simpler. We didn't have to learn new interfaces and new command sets. Everything that we're used to using on-premises works for us in the cloud. With respect to our data footprint in the cloud, we are seeing all of the storage benefits being extended from what we have on-premises. We're just getting into the cloud now, and we're probably seeing between a 30 and 50 percent reduction in our data footprint using compression, compaction, and deduplication. View full review »
reviewer1223403
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Desktop-as-a-service is a PoC that I'm doing for our customers to allow them to use NetApp for their personal, departmental, and profile shares. This connects their desktop-as-a-service that we're building for them. This is for training. The customer has classrooms that they have set up. They have about 150,000 users coming through. They want to have a way to do a secure, efficient solution that can be repeated after they finish this class, before the next class comes in, and use a NetApp CVO as well as some desktop services off of the AWS. It is hosted by AWS. Then, it hosted by CVO who sets out some filers, as well Cloud Volumes Manager as well. We were looking at it with Azure as well, because it doesn't matter. We want to do a multicloud with it. View full review »
AbnerCordova
Storage Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use this primarily to consolidate our services and block services. View full review »
Matt Ebert
Storage Supervisor at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case for ONTAP is both on-premise and in the cloud. For on-premise, we utilize it for hosting our virtual infrastructure environment through VMware, as well as hosting personal and shared drives. Then, in the cloud, we also host personal and shared drives within AWS and Azure. View full review »
RazvanOprea
Sr Storage Engineer at Ripe NCc
We're trying to see whether it's a good fit to move our secondary storage to the cloud, which would then be in competition with ONTAP Cloud Volumes. However, ONTAP gives us a bit more flexibility. If it's cost-effective, good enough performance, and has all the tools we need, we will continue with it. So far it looks great. View full review »
reviewer1223553
Cloud Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We use this solution to manage all of our NetApp storage. We have been having good luck with this solution's snapshot copies and thin clones, in terms of operational recovery. We are looking forward to encryption for the snapshots. Our version does not support inline encryption using SnapMirror, so we're not at that point yet. With respect to this solution's unified file and block storage access, we only use block-storage and it fits the needs of our customers. We serve internal customer bases, which feed the customers on the outside. For us, it is the right fit. We don't have anything in the Hyperscaler environment right now. Everything is internal to us. View full review »
reviewer1223607
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary use case is storage of medical records. View full review »
Sakthivel.Subbarayan
Senior System Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We mostly use it for disaster recovery. View full review »
reviewer1223592
Pre-sales SE at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary use case for our customer is disaster recovery. They had an array that was reaching end-of-life, and they were trying to decide whether to go with a refreshed new array on-premises or go with CVO in a cloud. The chose the latter. View full review »
reviewer1223382
Sr Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary use is virtualization as well as filer storage, pretty much all the features of the ONTAP suite. We don't have any cloud footprint for contractual obligations. So, it's all pretty much on-prem, but it's in a co-location. View full review »
LeadStord24a
Lead Storage Operations at Autodesk, Inc.
The primary use case of NetApp in our company is providing NAS services. This includes both CIFS and NFS. I have been working with ONTAP for five years. So, I started with NetApp ONTAP 7-Mode, and now, I'm working on NetApp ONTAP C-mode. My familiarity and skill with this product is quite good. Autodesk has been using this product for more than five years. View full review »
OliverJuliano
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We use the solution on premises for files and in AWS for the target. View full review »
Asim Masood
Director of Applications at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
It provides flexibility for our VM environments. We use it to transport data between on-premise systems and the cloud. AWS is the biggest and most common use case for integration with ONTAP. View full review »
PrakashKanniayan
Sr Systems Engineer at Ucare
Our primary use case is data replication to the cloud. View full review »
reviewer952908
Storage Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case is for multiprotocol access. View full review »
SrSystemf052
Senior System Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it for the data that we are using, etc. We have a dedicated team of 10 people who manage the storage. View full review »
TzvikaKlinger
CTO at Poria
My primary use case of ONTAP is for all of my data. View full review »
Fran Maita
Analyst at 1980
Lo usamos para la seguridad en la navegación y la administración de fuentes de datos alternativas con el fin de mantener activos todos los procesos. View full review »
reviewer1223556
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Our primary use for this solution is disaster recovery. We protect our data by replicating using SnapMirror and storing it in a public cloud. View full review »
AwsArchi57bf
AWS Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We use it for file storage. It is mainly being used with our Windows environment. View full review »
LUCAS GIANPAOLO
Project Development Coordinator at ALIMENTOS ITALIA
The tool integrates very well the contents that are deployed there. Each aspect is well structured and responsibly what allows it to advance and achieve success. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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