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Real User
Systems Programmer at a university with 10,001+ employees
Jan 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability for our users to restore data from the Snapshots is very valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

The university didn't have a centralized file service before we moved to NetApp. Now, departments can share information across 24,000 students… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more cloud integration. NetApp had nothing for cloud integration about three or four years back and then, all of a sudden, they… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had always done block storage and we had a large IBM infrastructure, a large ESX infrastructure, physical servers. We knew that we needed a file… more»

What other advice do I have?

Talk to any peer you can find about what products they looked at. We spoke to a dozen peer institutions - universities, colleges - about what they… more»
Adam Sando
Real User
Enterprise Solutions Specialist at Lenovo (United States)
Oct 23 2018

What is most valuable?

Valuable features are SnapVault, SnapMirror, all the capabilities around Snapshot-ing. Also, the ability to then spin up copies of data in other… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When you look at traditional, simplified storage, you would have a lot of manual command-line toolsets, you would have a lot of simple features and… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

What typically drives the solution is the outcome for the customer. The customer will naturally follow down the path of needing a particular… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do your research. Undestand what NetApp can offer. Talk to local NetApp resources and you'll find out a lot. One of the challenges a lot of… more»
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Peggy Balaberda
Real User
Storage Tech at General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc.
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of use is the most valuable feature for us. We brought a new storage person online, he knew another product, we easily taught him what he needed to know using Data ONTAP. He came… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The way it has improved our organization is that we get a lot of requests for new volumes and new data structures. We go and talk to the user and tell them what we can do with it. We… more»

What needs improvement?

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. A… more»

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate it about a nine because I just don't want to give anything a ten. We love it. We also have production on the backup filers that we use. It's great, it's easy. I would advise… more»
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The main thing has been performance, but we're hoping that we also get there on the reliability section (with the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been using it for our entire environment, so we use it in file shares and in our VDI environment, at least for… more»

What needs improvement?

While its performance has been great, the configuration with the MetroCluster has been a bit of a headache. We've been… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We went through a reseller to buy the solution.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We ran out of space with our old storage. We didn't have any full DR redundancy because we didn't have enough space to do… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend doing your homework and make sure the environment is prepped before getting it set up. Make sure you… more»
David Boone
Real User
Operations and Server Manager at Denver Health
Jan 03 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the biggest values that ONTAP provides is the ability to fail over between two data centers. Since we are a hospital, it gives us high… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Over the last five years of implementing a MetroCluster ONTAP, we've been able to improve and keep a high availability for our organization. In… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had a storage solution and during an investigation and a review of the solution, we analyzed the standards for what we were looking for. The… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Dinakar Puzhikunnathu
Real User
Storage Lead at Tata Consultancy Services
Nov 04 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The customer we have been working for has a lot of legacy products, a lot of legacy hardware and software. Their current path is towards SAP, and the back-end databases are always… more»

What needs improvement?

We have been talking to them about the monitoring tools and performance improvement tools which would enhance it a bit. In a session, here at NetApp Insight 2018, I heard that OCI… more»

What other advice do I have?

I suggest involving NetApp in your solutioning, so that they better know what to propose and what procurements need to be done in the initial stages. Otherwise, you are looking at… more»
Vp7dd8
Real User
Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Oct 24 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In terms of VDI, pretty much every employee of our firm is a customer of our NAS infrastructure. Everybody's home drive is on NAS, so it's highly critical. Even a minimum outage would… more»

What needs improvement?

SnapLock is the feature we would like to see enhanced. As a bank, we store data for compliance for a long time: ten years, 15 years. The data would be locked. So they should enhance… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate ONTAP at eight out of ten. It's an industry standard. It pretty much supports all the protocols and it delivers what the customer needs. It's operating on the use case… more»
Rob Cargill
Real User
Technical Director at Venn IT Solutions
Jan 03 2019

What is most valuable?

Definitely the most valuable features for ONTAP that we've come across are the Snapshot and cloning technologies. We take regular scheduled snapshots and from that we provision clones… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I think the biggest improvement we've had over the years where ONTAP has improved the efficiency of it. Organization is due to storage efficiency. They can do deduplication, which is… more»

What needs improvement?

The additional features I would like to see in ONTAP, and NetApp would probably be the single pane of glass software. Over the years that's probably the biggest area that we've… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate ONTAP around about eight out of ten. The main reason for that is because I believe nothing can have a ten out of ten. Nothing's perfect. There is always room for… more»
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