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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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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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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reviewer1223481
Storage Admin at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
ONTAP's snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are pretty useful in recovering your data from a time in a snapshot. That's pretty useful for when you have an event where a disaster struck and then you need to recover all your data. It's pretty helpful and pretty fast in those terms.
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GeorgeLavrov
Consultant at I.T. Blueprint
The fast recovery time objective with the ability to bring the environment back to production in case something happens.
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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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Ed Alexander
Senior System Engineer at Red Hat
This solution has made everything easier to do.
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reviewer1223403
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It gives a solution for storage one place to go across everything. So, the customer is very familiar with NetApp on-prem. It allows them to gain access to the file piece. It helps them with the training aspect of it, so they don't have to relearn something new. They already know this product. They just have to learn some widgets or what it's like in the cloud to operate and deploy it in different ways.
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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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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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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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reviewer1223481
Storage Admin at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
In terms of improvement, I would like to see the Azure NetApp Files have the capability of doing SnapMirrors. Azure NetApp Files is, as we know, is an AFF system and it's not used in any of the Microsoft resources. It's basically NetApp hardware, so the best performance you can achieve, but the only reason we can't use that right now is because of the region that it's available in. The second was the SnapMirror capability that we didn't have that we heavily rely on right now.
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GeorgeLavrov
Consultant at I.T. Blueprint
The integration wizard requires a bit of streamlining. There are small things that misconfigure or repeat the deployment that will create errors, specifically in Azure.
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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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Ed Alexander
Senior System Engineer at Red Hat
Multipathing for iSCSI LUNs is difficult to deal with from the client-side and I'd love to see a single entry point that can be moved around within the cluster to simplify the client configuration.
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reviewer1223403
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I would like some more performance matrices to know what it is doing. It has some matrices inherent to the Cloud Volumes ONTAP. But inside Cloud Manager, it would also be nice to see. You can have a little Snapshot, then drill down if you go a little deeper.
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AbnerCordova
Storage Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see something from NetApp about backups. I know that NetApp offers some backup for Office 365, but I would like to see something from NetApp for more backup solutions.
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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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