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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»

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

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

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 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
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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Matt Ebert
Real User
Storage Supervisor at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

Some of the most valuable features of ONTAP for us are the reliability and availability. We have a lot of built-in functionality within ONTAP to provide back-ups and restore at the volume level. Also, individually if we need to restore specific files within a volume. It's been very helpful us to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

An example of how ONTAP is improving our organization is through back-up and restore, as well as offsite replication capability. We utilize SnapMirror very heavily on our sites and then also to replicate it offsite to other sites in our organization to make sure that we have very fast local restores… more»

What needs improvement?

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.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate ONTAP as an eight. It has a lot of great features, some features that we didn't even know we needed until we talked with our account team and they walked us through some of the reasons for some of those features and then we look at implementing them. The stability of the environment… more»
Real User
Lead Storage Operations at Autodesk, Inc.
Dec 10 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Data ONTAP is it's very user-friendly, It gives the administrator or engineer a lot of scope to look into the locks. It has a fair amount of visibility into what is happening. We do not have to depend on the support all the time. If you have a fair amount of experience… more»

What needs improvement?

NetApp could certainly improve on the support side. They do not need to improve so much on the product side for now, because we have procured a high end system.

What other advice do I have?

NetApp is a user-friendly solution. I would recommend it to colleagues, because of its user-friendliness for implementation and running your operations. I use the on-premise version of this product. Our company is in the transition to the cloud. We are focused on cloud solutions going forward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not consider anyone else for NAS.
Asim Masood
Real User
Director of Applications at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
Jan 16 2019

What is most valuable?

It manages our environments with a single purview of data management, especially as each variant of ONTAP uses identical metadata and file system formats. Then, data can be universally managed and manipulated throughout the data fabric… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a number of systems that we run on-premise and have not been moved to AWS for various reasons. ONTAP allows us to manage our portfolio across two domains.

What needs improvement?

The navigation on some of the configuration parameters is a bit cumbersome, making the learning curve on functions somewhat steep. I would like them to make upgrading simpler. I would like it if they could offer a simpler upgrade guide… more»

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

Purchasing this solution through the AWS Marketplace was simple, which was why our organization chose to go through it. The AWS consumer-based pricing model makes it easy for developers to use their credit cards to spin up virtual servers… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are making good use of the product. It has a lot of features and is an efficient/stable product. The recovery using Snapshots is a big plus, alongside the flexibility in volume creation for Unix, as well as Windows environments. Its… 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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