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John Hegyi
Real User
Lead Storage Engineer at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 29 2019

What is most valuable?

I'm very familiar with working from the command line, but 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. Personally… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're sitting at multiple petabytes of storage on our NetApp infrastructure. We're talking hundreds of thousands of shares across thousands of volumes. Even with that size of infrastructure, it's being supported by three people. And it's… more»

What needs improvement?

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. We're working with them on straightening it out. We're moving… more»

What other advice do I have?

For somebody who's never used it before, the biggest thing is ease of use. In terms of advice, as long as you design your implementation correctly, it should be fine. I would do the due diligence on the front-end to determine how you want… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I always try new products. I've used the SoftNAS product, and a couple of other generic NAS products. They don't even compare. They're not on the same page. They're not even in the same universe. I might be a little biased but they're not… more»
Real User
System Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 13 2020

What is most valuable?

The only benefit the solution has really offered is that we can replicate our data from our production site to AWS for DR. This solution provides a unified storage, no… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution offers good control of the data, in a sense. It gave us the ability to use this product in a way that helped us accomplish a goal. We couldn't have done DR… more»

What needs improvement?

Quite honestly, there's very little to like about the product as it stands right now. I've been a very unhappy customer with it. We're actually going to get away from it… more»

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

The solution is very expensive. Due to its design, It's not cost-efficient versus doing a physical environment of similar size. Using this solution, the more data you… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

Its performance has never really been a problem for us, it's just the destination site. For those considering the solution, I will say that if you're going to be in the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't really look at other options. We use NetApp for production, but not in a Cloud ONTAP variety. We've used physical systems. We've been using it for many years and… more»
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Christian Gruetzner
Real User
Architect, Storage Services at All for One Steeb AG
Jul 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The high availability of the service is a valuable feature. We use the HA version to run two instances. That way there is no downtime for our services when we do any… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's helped us to dive into the cloud very fast. We didn't have to change any automations which we already had. We didn't have to change any processes we already had. We… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

The standard pricing is online. Pricing depends. If you're using the PayGo model, then it's just the normal costs on the Microsoft page. If you're using Bring Your Own… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We only used native Azure services. We went with Cloud Volumes ONTAP because it was a natural extension of our NetApp products. We have a huge on-premise storage… more»

What other advice do I have?

Don't be afraid of granting permissions because that's one of the most complex parts, but that's Azure. As soon as you've done that, it's easy and straightforward. When… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have a single-vendor strategy.
Padmaja Reddy
Real User
Storage Architect at NIH
Oct 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the migration should be seamless. Basically, we shouldn't be spending a whole lot budget-wise. We would like to have something reasonable… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The tool saves us time and money. Now, it's easy to retrieve data back, where you can go back and look at the statistics to study them. Because my company is focused on… more»

What needs improvement?

Right now, we're using StorageGRID. Obviously, it is a challenge. Anything that you're writing to the cloud or when you get things from the cloud, it is a challenge. When… more»

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

Cloud is cloud. It's still expensive. Any good solution comes with a price tag. That's where we are looking to see how well we can manage our data in the cloud by trying… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The company has always been a NetApp shop even before I entered the company. We continue to use it because of the good products. We do market research, obviously. We do… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend NetApp any day, at any time, because there's so much hard work in it. It's more open and transparent. Nobody is coming from NetApp, saying, "We're going… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We use Caringo. It's object storage migration for age old data. It is a cheap solution for us, so that's why we use that. When we compared prices, Caringo was much… more»
Real User
Storage Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 14 2020

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us flexibility. In a disaster situation, or even in an office relocation, there can be a gap. NetApp CVO allows us to continue to provide service customers with… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

Choose your disk type properly. Go with the slowest, cheapest disk you can. If you need bigger, faster ones then go for them. They've got a variety of license schemes. The… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It replaced some physical NetApps that were going to be refreshed. One of the reasons we switched was to limit capital expenditure. Another reason was that it was very… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is almost identical to having a real NetApp, and it's just that it's remote and it's in the cloud. Almost anything you can do with NetApp locally you can do with a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at third-party hosting with either our own, dedicated hardware or shared NetApp hardware. I wasn't that involved in that evaluation process, but I figure that… more»
Amarjeet Singh
Real User
Cloud Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Jul 22 2020

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We save money using CVO because there is a data-tiering concept. There are algorithms that make sure that data which is frequently accessed is kept on the faster disks, and data which is less… more»

What needs improvement?

Currently, Cloud Volumes ONTAP is not a high-availability solution. When you deploy the solution it comes in single-node. It supports a single-node deployment in Google Cloud Platform, but with other… more»

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

If a customer is only using, say, less than 10 terabytes, I don't think CVO would be a good option. A customer using at least 100 or 200 terabytes should get a reasonable price from NetApp. Because we… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's not a managed solution, so a person who uses this solution should have some prior knowledge using NetApp storage. It is your responsibility to manage the solution. CVO does provide unified… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I work with file solutions from other vendors. We have vendors like Elastifile which I used to work with but it was acquired by Google. I also checked a Google-native solution. And Azure has file… more»
Eyal Shimony
Real User
Sr. Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Jul 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The snapshot ability we're using is very good, SnapMirror. For example, we have a vault account and we can SnapMirror our volumes to that vault account. It has a NetApp that sits on it as three… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We tried to use EFS, for example, but one of the cons of EFS was that the performance was degraded once we had a lot of files and very large storage. It took it a while to handle everything. Also… more»

What needs improvement?

They're making the right improvements right now. 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 as well… more»

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

We've been working with NetApp on pricing. They allow a special price if you are working closely with them. Since we have a lot of NetApp systems, we got some kind of discount. That's something they… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

There was a lot of downtime with our previous solution. Also, the performance wasn't what it should be. Any update that we did required downtime, and there were quite a lot of updates because there… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's NetApp. It's what we know. Our NetApp on-prem has been really good, so we continue to maintain that. There is a 30-day trial that you can use to get a feel for it. You can work with NetApp in… more»
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, across 10,000 faculty and staff. They can share data… 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 got it going and got it going quickly, catching up… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 service, so we set that up. It was really a first… 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 were doing for file services. We found a lot that… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our shortlist was really only NetApp. We looked at about a dozen other products, Hitachi and everything else, but NetApp really had the best product.
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What is NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP?

The leading enterprise-grade storage management solution, delivers secure, proven storage management services and supports up to a capacity of 368TB. Software service supports various use cases, such as: File shares and block-level storage serving NAS (NFS, SMB / CIFS) and SAN (iSCSI) Disaster Recovery, Backup, and Archive DevOps Databases (SQL, Oracle, NoSQL) Cloud Volumes ONTAP is offered in a standard single-node configuration or in a High Availability (HA) configuration.

Also known as
ONTAP Cloud, CVO, NetApp CVO
NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP customers

Rohit, AdvacnedMD, D2L, Trinity Mirror, Eidos Media, WireStorm, Cordant Group, JFK Medical Center, ALD Automotive, Healthix, City of Baton Rouge, ON Semiconductor

Highlights
The ability for our users to restore data from the Snapshots is very valuable.
If you have a fair amount of experience with NetApp, you can work on it very easily.
The most valuable feature is the ease of file storage.
If anything happens, their technical support will come onsite and fix it.
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.
Its functionality and technical support are adequate to help prevent failure due to errors.
SnapMirror helps mirror metadata and data volumes between endpoints in a data fabric.
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