NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Pros and Cons

NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Pros

John Hegyi
Lead Storage Engineer at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Unified Manager, System Manager, and Cloud Manager are all GUI-based. It's easy for somebody who has not been exposed to this for years to pick it up and work with it.
We use the mirroring to mirror our volumes to our DR location. We also create snapshots for backups. Snapshots will create a specified snapshot to be able to do a DR test without disrupting our standard mirrors. That means we can create a point-in-time snapshot, then use the ability of FlexClones to make a writeable volume to test with, and then blow it away after the DR test.
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Christian Gruetzner
Service Architecture at All for One Group AG
NetApp's Cloud Manager automation capabilities are very good because it's REST-API-driven, so we can completely automate everything. It has a good overview if you want to just have a look into your environment as well.
Another feature which gets a lot of attention in our environment is the File Services Solutions in the cloud, because it's a completely, fully-managed service. We don't have to take care of any updates, upgrades, or configurations.
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Padmaja Reddy
Storage Architect at NIH
The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are good. Snapshot copies are pretty much the write-in time data backups. Obviously, critical data is snapshotted a lot more frequently, and even clients and end users find it easier to restore whatever they need if it's file-based, statical, etc.
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reviewer1380831
Storage Engineer at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
One of the most valuable features is its similarity to the physical app, which makes it familiar. It's almost identical to a real NetApp, which means you can run all of the associated NetApp processes and services with it. Otherwise, we would definitely have to deploy some hardware on a site somewhere, which could be a challenge in terms of CapEx.
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Amarjeet Singh
Cloud Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
The feature which I like the most is that it has the capabilities that the traditional storage system offers. It provides all the functionality. The deduplication and compression work exactly like ONTAP's traditional storage. So people who have experience with that find it very easy to manage.
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JV
reviewer1376757
Infrastructure Consultant - Storage, Global Infrastructure Services at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
With NetApp, you can integrate malware scanning or malware protection. This is something valuable that is not offered in SaaS solutions typically.
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JeremyHarrison
Senior Analyst at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
We're able to use the SnapMirror function and SnapMirror data from our on-prem environment into Azure. That is super-helpful. SnapMirror allows you to take data that exists on one NetApp, on a physical NetApp storage platform, and copy it over to another NetApp storage platform. It's a solid, proven technology, so we don't worry about whether data is getting lost or corrupted during the SnapMirror.
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Shricharan Ganesh
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The storage tiering is definitely the most valuable feature... With respect to tiering, the inactive data is pushed to a lower tier where the storage cost is cheap, but the access cost is high.
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Eyal Shimony
Sr. Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
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.
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NM
reviewer1380828
Sr. Systems Architect at a media company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are tiering to S3 and being able to turn it on and off, based on a schedule.
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NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Cons

John Hegyi
Lead Storage Engineer at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Some of the licensing is a little kludgy. We just created an HA environment in Azure and their licensing for SVMs per node is a little kludgy. They're working on it right now.
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Christian Gruetzner
Service Architecture at All for One Group AG
Scale-up and scale-out could be improved. It would be interesting to have multiple HA pairs on one cluster, for example, or to increase the single instances more, from a performance perspective. It would be good to get more performance out of a single HA pair.
One difficulty is that it has no SAP HANA certification. The asset performance restrictions create challenges with the infrastructure underneath: The disks and stuff like that often have lower latencies than SAP HANA itself has to have.
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Padmaja Reddy
Storage Architect at NIH
How it handles erasure coding. I feel it the improvement should be there. Basically, it should be seamless. You don't want to have an underlying hardware issue or something, then suddenly there's no reads or writes. Luckily, it's at a replication site, so our main production site is still working and writing to it. But, the replication site has stopped right now while we try to bring that node back. Since we implemented in bare-metal, not in appliance, we had to go back to the original vendor. They didn't send it in time, and we had a hardware memory issue. Then, we had a hard disk issue, which brought the node down physically.
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reviewer1380831
Storage Engineer at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There is room for improvement with the capacity. There's a very hard limit to how many disks you can have and how much space you can have. That is something they should work to fix, because it's limiting. Right now, the limit is about 360 terabytes or 36 disks.
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Amarjeet Singh
Cloud Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
When it comes to a critical or a read-write-intensive application, it doesn't provide the performance that some applications require, especially for SAP. The SAP HANA database has a write-latency of less than 2 milliseconds and the CVO solution does not fit there. It could be used for other databases, where the requirements are not so demanding, especially when it comes to write-latency.
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JV
reviewer1376757
Infrastructure Consultant - Storage, Global Infrastructure Services at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
If they could include clustering together multiple physical Cloud Volumes ONTAP devices as an option, that could be helpful.
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JeremyHarrison
Senior Analyst at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
When Azure does their maintenance, they do maintenance on one node at a time. With the two nodes of the CVO, it can automatically fail over from one node to the node that is staying up. And when the first node comes back online, it will fail back to the first node. We have had issues with everything failing back 100 percent correctly.
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Shricharan Ganesh
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It definitely needs improvement with respect to clustering and with respect to more collaborative integrations with Azure. Right now, we have very limited functionalities with Azure, except for storage. If CVO could be integrated with Azure that would help. When there is any sort of maintenance happening in the cloud, it disrupts the service in Cloud Volumes ONTAP.
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Eyal Shimony
Sr. Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
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...
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NM
reviewer1380828
Sr. Systems Architect at a media company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see more aggressive management of the aggregate space. On the Cloud Volumes ONTAP that we use for offsite backup copies, most of the data sits in S3. There are also the EBS volumes on the Cloud Volumes ONTAP itself. Sometimes what happens is that the aggregate size just stays the same. If it allocates 8 terabytes initially, it just stays at 8 terabytes for a long time, even though we're only using 20 percent of that 8 terabytes. NetApp could undersize that more aggressively.
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