NetApp FAS Series Competitors and Alternatives

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AaronMbowa
Real User
CTO at Dataposit Ltd
Dec 22 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the things I like the most about NetApps is that it is very easy to connect to the cloud and it is cloud-ready. I also really love the fact that they have stuck to their storage operating system for as long as I've been working with them. I started with them using ONTAP 7 and I think we are… more »

What needs improvement?

I think where NetApp may have missed the boat and created challenges for themselves is that the product is probably one of the most complicated boxes to configure now. Other vendors, by comparison, have really made the effort to simplify configuration. NetApp has not because they want to keep it as… more »

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

There are a number of products that I am familiar with that are in the same family of products as NetApp. I've used DMT (Database Management Tool). I've used Dell EMC Unity and I have experience with several EMC products. I'm using more than one solution concurrently because I'm a reseller, so I… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice for those who are considering using NetApps Private Storage is to get yourself trained on the solution. It is worth it because the architecture does not change very often and certification and skills will be valid for a long time. I would say they should get a reseller — of course, they… more »
John Boggero
Consultant
Consultant at ITIP
Jun 02 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the readability of the site system. FreeNAS is very efficient. It integrates well into either Windows or Linux environments. The reporting is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This solution supports our organization quite well. We are able to make the best use of VMware, very easily.

What needs improvement?

The support for S3 needs to be improved. The default settings for taking snapshots are not wisely-set.

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

For our configuration, we pay a little bit less than €10,000 ($12,000 USD) per year. The only other costs are for the hardware in the data center.

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

We also use TrueNAS, which is exactly the same product but it is commercially supported and it has technical support included. Prior to this, I also worked with a similar… more »

What other advice do I have?

One of the improvements in the most recent version is the support to better control the temperature of the equipment. For example, we are able to retrieve and monitor the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I also have experience with storage solutions from Nexenta and DataCore, which I evaluated at the same time as FreeNAS. In our trial, we found that you can migrate from… more »
Real User
NAS Storage Tech Leader at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 29 2020

What is most valuable?

The stability and performance of the drive are the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

IBM is not always as agile as other competitors when it is about cloud integration and user interfaces. They're not renewing themselves very often. They have been slow to evolve from the old GUI. The user interface should be improved, especially regarding performance analysis, which has always been… more »

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

Its price is fair. IBM is quite fair in price when you compare it with others. We also use Hitachi internally, and Hitachi is always a little bit more expensive. NetApp is also a bit more expensive. So, IBM has good positioning in terms of price.

What other advice do I have?

It is very strong in block storage for the database environment. It has very good quality because the compression, deduplication, and encryption are directly done by the disks, so there is no penalty on the processes of all controllers. If you need a platform that is oriented towards block storage… more »
Reseller
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 17 2020

What is most valuable?

The pricing of this solution is good, which is an advantage that positions this product well.

What needs improvement?

I do not like Hitachi NAS because it's an old-school NAS solution, compared to the other, newer-type solutions such as Isilon from Dell or Qumulo. It is an old-school gateway NAS solution, so for me, it is not good.

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

This solution is priced well and there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

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

I have experience with several NAS solutions including those by HP, Dell, NetApp, and Hitachi.

What other advice do I have?

It is not possible to improve upon this solution. Rather, they should just create a new product to completely replace this one. Overall, this is a good product for what it is, but it is old-school. I would completely renew the product. It… more »
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