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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… 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… 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… more»

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

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

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Storage Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 14 2017

What is most valuable?

All SIFS and NFS are valuable. It allows our Windows and Unix teams to have a centralized point to share data between the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

NetApp allows us to take arrays and pass through. NetApp now has the capability of both SIFS and NFS that we didn’t have… more»

What needs improvement?

I’ve found that I use command line more often than I thought needed. Some things should be done in the GUI, and… more»

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

It’s difficult for us to get money, so make sure you get everything in order, because there’s no going back and saying… more»

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

Five or six years ago, we used a Hitachi solution with fiber channel.

What other advice do I have?

It does a good job at what it’s designed to do.
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… 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… 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Sales - Regional Southern California at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 14 2017

What is most valuable?

NetApp, as a design group, builds solutions that are reliable. Other companies don’t have the fortitude of NetApp. They have a very strong… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With NetApp’s dedication to the market, customers aren’t dealing with a fly-by-night organization. The company will follow through with support… more»

What needs improvement?

There’s always areas for improvement. For example, it’s not an inexpensive solution and it may not be for the cost-sensitive customer.

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

It loses points because of the price, but it can’t be everything to everybody.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you buy the product that’s right for you. If it's competitive to NetApp FAS, great, but just know both products before making a decision… 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… more»

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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… more»
Harri Waltari
Real User
ICT Network Administrator at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

* Reliability * Rich features * Ease of management * Excellent support A reliable and easily managed storage system is a key performance factor… more»

What needs improvement?

Naturally, there would be room for improvement. As I see it, there could be more interfaces, more cache, etc., but those challenges are solved by… more»

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

For a number of years now, purchasing a storage system has been actually purchasing software. There is no plain storage anymore, more or less… more»

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

During the years, we have had quite a few storage solutions, none of which did give us the same level performance, reliability, and manageability… more»

What other advice do I have?

You really can't go wrong with NetApp products, They perform well, are rock solid, offer good space saving technologies, and the support is above… more»
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