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
Architect, Storage Services at All for One Steeb 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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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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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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SeniorMa9b1f
Senior Manager, IT CloudX at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're using snapshots as well and it's a pretty useful feature. That is one of the main NetApp benefits. Knowing how to use snapshots in the on-prem environment, using snapshots on the cloud solution was natural for us.
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Matt Ebert
Storage Supervisor at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
ONTAP has been very stable for us, specifically in the cloud environment. It allows us to have high availability as well as standalone systems if that's what we want within our specific workloads. Also, on-premise has been a very stable environment. We have very few outages and when we do, we work with support to get systems back online in a timely manner.
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LeadStord24a
Lead Storage Operations at Autodesk, Inc.
If you have a fair amount of experience with NetApp, you can work on it very easily.
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Asim Masood
Director of Applications at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
SnapMirror helps mirror metadata and data volumes between endpoints in a data fabric.
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SrSystemf052
Senior System Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
If anything happens, their technical support will come onsite and fix it.
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Fran Maita
Analyst at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
Its functionality and technical support are adequate to help prevent failure due to errors.
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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 kludgey. We just created an HA environment in Azure and their licensing for SVMs per node is a little kludgey. They're working on it right now.
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Christian Gruetzner
Architect, Storage Services at All for One Steeb 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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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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SeniorMa9b1f
Senior Manager, IT CloudX at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The DR has room for improvement. For example, we now have NetApp in Western Europe and we would like to back up the information to another region. It's impossible. We need to bring up an additional NetApp in that other region and create a Cloud Manager automation to copy the data... I would prefer it to be a more integrated solution like it was in the NetApp solution about a year ago. I would like to see something like AltaVault but in the cloud.
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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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LeadStord24a
Lead Storage Operations at Autodesk, Inc.
When it comes to support provided by NetApp, they have room for improvement. Every time we go through their support, we end up answering the same routine questions.
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Asim Masood
Director of Applications at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
The navigation on some of the configuration parameters is a bit cumbersome, making the learning curve on functions somewhat steep.
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SrSystemf052
Senior System Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to have more management tools. They are difficult to work with, so I would like them to be a bit more user-friendly.
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Fran Maita
Analyst at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
I would like to see them improve the perspective of start and search in the panels. This would allow for better visualization of the contents that are captured in the tool.
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AwsArchi57bf
AWS Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The data tiering needs improvement. E.g., moving hard data to faster disks.
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