NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Pros and Cons

NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Pros

SystemsPd6ff
Systems Programmer at a university with 10,001+ employees
The ability for our users to restore data from the Snapshots is very valuable.
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Adam Sando
Enterprise Solutions Specialist at Lenovo (United States)
Efficiencies such as Flash Cache and Flash Pool allow us to make better use of slower, cheaper storage and have some faster storage sitting up front taking a lot of the caching and the reading. The way that has been optimized for the NetApp platform is better than the competitors. It has reduced our cost of storage because we're buying cheaper storage for the bulk capacity, which is really effective.
The ability to spin up copies of data in other data centers, on other storage appliances, is the most valuable for us.
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Peggy Balaberda
Storage Tech at General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc.
We over-allocate our aggregates and it still works, it's great, it's fun. We dedupe everywhere, we get huge savings. We went back and deduped the whole thing again, we could get more, so that's what we do. We go back and look to see if there's an option we can set and do it from the beginning, but still 13 terabytes, that's a lot of dedupe savings. Sometimes we get 50% or more in our savings, so we love dedupe.
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SystemsE2ad9
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We have been using it for our entire environment, so we use it in file shares and in our VDI environment, at least for user data. That has reduced our user login times by about 50 percent.
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David Boone
Operations and Server Manager at Denver Health
I would rate this solution a ten because of what NetApp provides us from a quality layout. The partnership that they provide us and their assistance is very important and the work that they communicate with us on a regular basis is outstanding.
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Dinakar Puzhikunnathu
Storage Lead at Tata Consultancy Services
The most valuable feature is the throughput. You tend to get to your data very quickly. That's why we decided, eventually, to move into NetApp, because of the speed. Also, as a support engineer, this solution is easy to use, compared with SAN storage.
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Vp7dd8
Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I love the replication technologies which keep a customer out of risk. At any time, we can do a seamless failover/failback, and have the latest data on it. The SnapVault is another excellent feature. It's used for remote disk-based backups so we don't need to depend on tape backups with their long restore times.
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Rob Cargill
Technical Director at Venn IT Solutions
The stability of our ONTAP system has been awesome over the last four to five years, particularly with the software. The controls have been excellent as well. We recently went through a view of all of our systems and found a number of them had been up, over three years without any sort of reboots or downtime. We have been very happy with the stability of the systems.
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Brad Schlicht
Infrastructure engineer at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
We've seen return on investment for ONTAP specifically on the performance recently. Where we had our file storage solution sitting on a hybrid storage solution and we were having continuous performance issues, as our workloads went up we were able to put in an 8300 all-flash array. Since we've put that in, we've been under one-millisecond latency, and that's allowed us to not have delays in some of our EDI transactions. Our end customer integrates and interfaces with that technology. Fewer outages equal more business, more profit, more revenue, and immediate ROI. We've been really happy with the new All Flash hardware solutions.
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StorageAccfd
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has multiple uses. It does everything in one box.
Scalability is awesome with a cluster node, not only can you scale up, but you can also scale out.
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NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Cons

Adam Sando
Enterprise Solutions Specialist at Lenovo (United States)
I would like to see more in the public cloud space around things like object storage. A bit more granularity around how that gets deployed would be nice, but other than that I think they've got it nailed.
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Peggy Balaberda
Storage Tech at General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc.
We're at 9.3 so when we go to 9.5 we would like the synchronous SnapMirror because our users would like that, especially the ones that do the conveyor belt of data. We'd like that.
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SystemsE2ad9
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Going forward, I want to see a simplified deployment and more straightforward recommendations on what is required for it.
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David Boone
Operations and Server Manager at Denver Health
There is a lot a lot of functional integration that we look forward to for improvements. I'm learning where they're going and I'm very interested to see those improvements and how they can help us.
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Vp7dd8
Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The only thing that they have to improve in NetApp is that they're still relying on padding each node in active/active in CDOT. That has to go away. They should look at the scalability on a platform level. The computer will have that one file system with multiple nodes on it. If even one node fails, any node in that cluster could take over the functionalities. But today, it absolutely relies on that active-active uncoupling it. That needs to be improved in such a way that it would be one namespace. If this node goes down, any node in the cluster should take over and run that environment.
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Rob Cargill
Technical Director at Venn IT Solutions
The additional features I would like to see in ONTAP, and NetApp in general would probably be the single pane of glass software. Over the years that's probably the biggest area that we've struggled with. NetApp has had a lot of good products, but a lot of them haven't necessarily seamlessly integrated with each other and you have to go to multiple management consoles to manage their software or their hardware. From a customer point of view, I think that single pane of glass where you could just add modules and enable functionality would be the most beneficial thing that NetApp could add.
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Brad Schlicht
Infrastructure engineer at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Some of their products have been really good for us, on certain versions. We've run into a bunch of verts, though. That's NetApp's word for their bugs. Stability has been the main complaint that I've had with the product. Because it's so feature-rich and has so much software related to it, it does come with a decent amount of bugs so we do a lot of upgrades to patch bugs.
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StorageAccfd
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
While the data efficiency features are great, I want to see more efficiency and compression type of technology.
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John Kinkead
Technical Analyst at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
They use a lot of PowerShell for managing things and there are still a few things that you can't do through PowerShell cmdlets that you can do in the native CLI. It would be nice if they got more of those added in.
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Matt Ebert
Storage Supervisor at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The key feature, that we'd like to see in that is the ability to sync between regions within the AWS and Azure regions. We could use the cloud sync service, but we'd really like that native functionality within the cloud volume service.
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