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EboHagan
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 31 2018

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features offered is double-parity RAID, which guarantees that your data will stay intact. You can experience two disk failures and still be up. Another feature is the deduplication. It saves a lot of space. We're… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're able to keep data for a longer time because we are able to manage it well using the features that NetApp provides. It has also helped us to quickly deploy our test environment and finish all of our testing before we deploy on the… more»

What needs improvement?

I want to see the system automatically tier; we call it auto-tiering. When you use data, some of it goes cold. It is not hot data, so the system should automatically move that data to the SATA, while the hot data is kept on tier-one, the… more»

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

When I arrived at the company they were using NetApp, and we are still using NetApp. When selecting a vendor, I first look at how robust the solution is that they're proposing, and how available they are to answer calls if there are any… more»

What other advice do I have?

If I were to advise someone researching NetApp FAS Storage or a similar solution, I would want to understand what they really want. I would advise them to go with NetApp because it's unified storage. It supports both NAS and SAN… more»
SenNetAd299025
Real User
Senior Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 29 2018

What is most valuable?

It is good to have a unified storage where you can have block and file level protocols. It has been pretty stable, but the capacity requirements have changed overtime. Our utilization has been very… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has been a pretty stable environment, but over time our requirements have changed. Therefore, I don't think it's an issue with the system. We have put a lot of load on a lot more than what it can… more»

What needs improvement?

* Ease of management needs to be improved. * The power consumption for the FAS is a lot more compared to the new SSD arrays. Going forward, I don't want to be using the FAS again. I want to be using… more»

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

It's not a cheap system. It is very expensive. The pricing has been ridiculous every time that we had to renew the support. Initially, we have a three-year support contract when we bought the system… more»

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

We were previously using an old IBM SAN. We switched because we wanted to moved to a unified system.

What other advice do I have?

I wouldn't recommend NetApp FAS. I don't understand why anyone would go for NetApp FAS when you can get the NetApp AFF, which is an SSD array, for almost a similar price or probably even cheaper. Most… more»
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Michael Tschuk
Real User
Berater with 11-50 employees
Apr 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Robust Snapshot functionality * You can use it in two datacenters with SnapMirror-ing. It has a very good implementation of the Active Directory services, so implementation into a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

What the customers, the end-users, like is they can rely on the Snapshot technology so they can do their restores themselves.

What needs improvement?

One thing that was missing for quite some time was the support for flash, of solid state disks, that has now improved. Another issue is the price which, compared to competitors, is quite high. The… more»

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

Reasons for choosing NetApp include that it's probably the most solid, robust, and easy-to-implement solution.

What other advice do I have?

My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are to see that it has good market share already established, or that it has a robust roadmap with interesting products in the future, or that I have… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For file servers, one alternative is Microsoft using standard Microsoft Windows Servers. Another solution is Huawei OceanStor; with the latest, version 5, they support mouse functionality.
Ivan Silva
Real User
Storage and VMware Expert at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 28 2018

What is most valuable?

* Flexibility. * Saves space with deduplication. * All protocols on the same box. This means that you don't need to have a appliance to export. For example, an NFS volume on CIFs volume. * Easy integration to some cloud environments, like… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* NetApp improved our organization because their features are more friendly and create environment to tests, like dev. The FlexClone technology is easy to use. * The flexibility to create scheduling backups on the VMware platform is very… more»

What needs improvement?

NetApp for all these years has been improving their storage. The only area that could be improved is to lower prices for their All Flash FAS.

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

The price it not low, but comparing features to other vendors, the price can be balanced.

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

We have used some solutions like Hitachi, Dell, and EMC, but NetApp has more flexibility and we decided to stay with NetApp. * My first case was migrate all solutions from Hitachi Storage to NetApp FAS on SAN with brocade. * Migrated all… more»
Wouter Coppens
Real User
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 24 2018

What is most valuable?

It is very stable and integrates very well with other components.

How has it helped my organization?

It is very flexible. It integrates well with the public cloud and other components, so everything can be API driven. Therefore, it is very easy to automate it.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have further integration with some backup products. They have some of them already, but there could be more. We have already seen the new roadmap and a lot of our requested features… more»

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

We have always used NetApp, so we did not switch from another vendor.

What other advice do I have?

Use NetApp, it is good. There are more specialized products in the market, but NetApp is a very good general fit. We have a lot of product knowledge, and it is not 100 percentage perfect. However, we… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have almost all vendors in our portfolio: EMC, Pure Storage, etc. As our stand up, we use NetApp because we are pleased with it. Other vendors have good ideas, but they are not yet implemented in… more»
Ricky Santos
Real User
System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 07 2019

What do you think of NetApp FAS Series?

What is our primary use case?

We have deployed a four-node cluster to host multiple services like NFS, CIFS, FCP, and iSCSI with SnapMirror enabled across the cluster.

How has it helped my organization?

NetApp FAS has provided an HA environment that has improved the up time of our entire infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is the combining of HA and SnapMirror.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see an improvement in the licensing on Data Mirroring (SnapMirror) features. Currently, the newest release is not HCI friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In my nineteen years of being a storage administrator, I have never seen NetApp storage cause…
Real User
IT Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Aug 06 2018

What is most valuable?

We like its resilience. It's reliable storage.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see less latency and higher IOPS.

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

We did our research and, at the time, NetApp was what we chose. Our most important criterion when selecting a vendor is reliability. The price is, obviously, always an issue but reliability and the quality of the product are most important.

What other advice do I have?

If you need reliability, definitely go for NetApp. I rate it at seven out of 10 because it has been very reliable but not very good when it comes to IOPS and latency.
Albie Bokingkito Jr.
Real User
Storage and System Engineer with 10,001+ employees
Jul 01 2018

What is most valuable?

* Snapshots * SnapMirror * Storage efficiency Other tools, like OnCommand Unified Manager and Config Advisor, help us a lot in managing our environment.

How has it helped my organization?

Using the built-in Snapshots and SnapMirror technology, we were able to have better working data protection locally and off-site. The storage efficiency also provided maximum savings in our storage utilization.

What needs improvement?

None at the moment for the box itself. We are very happy with the current capabilities of this hardware. Hopefully, the AutoSupport can be improved to be more proactive in certain cases.

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

When getting new hardware, always tell the account manager that you are also considering other brands. They will be forced to adjust the price lower.
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