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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»
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.
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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»
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.
Real User
Storage Admin at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is DR backups. ONTAP's snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are pretty useful in recovering your data from a time in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

ONTAP has improved my organization because we no longer need to purchase all that hardware and have that all come up as a big expense. It worked out better for our… more»

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, I would like to see the Azure NetApp Files have the capability of doing SnapMirrors. Azure NetApp Files is an AFF system and it's not used in any… more»

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

It has not reduced our cloud cost. We're still pretty new and we're still trying to figure things out like how the cost modeling works and which is the best performance… more»

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

We knew we needed to invest in this solution because we were told we were closing the data centers so we had to migrate to the cloud. The management told us we are closing… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a nine out of ten because of the simplicity of the DR is amazing. You just set it up. If there are any issues bringing it back, bringing it online in a DR… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For the DR we are using NetApp but for the production, a lot of the cloud architects in our company want to go native to Azure or native to AWS. Since we are a NetApp… more»
GeorgeLavrov
Consultant
Consultant at I.T. Blueprint
Nov 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ease of management, the deduplication, storage optimization, SnapMirror, it has flexible in testing for different scenarios, rapid deployment of the test environments, and rapid recovery. The fast recovery… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's difficult to say if it has helped to reduce the company's data in the cloud right now without running it for a while. It's the same for the cloud costs. We are going through testing right now, and can't tell if it will affect their… more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the area's that need improvement are: * Cloud sync * Cloud Volume ONTAP * Deployment for the cloud manager These areas need to be streamlined. They are basic configuration error states to acquire late provisioning. I would like to… more»

What other advice do I have?

If Snapshot copies and FlexClones are licensed they work great. The challenge is that the client will not always get the FlexClone license, then it is more difficult to provide it in the future. Some of our older clients do not have a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When it comes to choosing the right solution for our clients, they trust our judgment in recommending something that they know is going to work for them. Most of our clients are looking for availability in disaster recovery data and… more»
Real User
Senior Manager, IT CloudX at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 01 2019

What is most valuable?

What is most valuable is that the system is the same as what we use on-prem. So the guys who are responsible here for managing NetApp feel comfortable with it& and that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution's high-availability features are cost-effective for us because we are able to use the cloud benefits to reduce the cost of DR. For example, if we have it in… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

In addition to the standard licensing fees, there are fees for Azure, the VMs themselves and for data transfer. The DR environment is billed by the hour and paid to Azure… more»

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

Before NetApp we used a home-grown server in the cloud, a Linux server with a big disk. It was less simple to manage. We're also using Avere, a storage solution that was… more»

What other advice do I have?

Implement it. Do not think about it. It's very simple and very useful.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We checked Dell EMC and HPE but we chose NetApp. The Storage team made the decision. One of the main reasons they chose NetApp was the existence of NetApp on-prem and the… more»
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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.

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