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Luc Bussieres
Real User
Senior System Administrator at a marketing services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 03 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the snapshots, the flash pool that we’re using, and cluster mode. When we are doing an upgrade, there is less of... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Compared to the previous solution, I would not say that it has really improved anything. We were with the HPE EVA before the NetApp. It takes... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see antivirus that works, and generally a working solution. They just provided Vserver DR, which is good. Now we need to have a... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

When we moved from HPE EVA to FAS, it was to have NAS services. For NAS, NetApp was probably the best one at that time.

What other advice do I have??

Properly define what you need first. After that, talk with people who know NetApp well, know how to set it up, and properly define the design... more»
SystemsEdffd
Real User
Systems Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 12 2016

What is most valuable?

Its flexibility: It will support anything; from Windows CIFS shares, to UNIX NFS shares, to block-level storage; on the same platform; on the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'm not sure that I can comment. This is what we've always used, so I have nothing to compare it to. It has a steep learning curve. Once you've... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the issues that we have had with NetApp in upgrading over the years is that migrating data from one system to another is one-way only. If... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We invest in a new solution when the existing solution goes out of its initial support. We have been looking for new options for about six... more»

What other advice do I have??

Take your time. It's a very dynamic market right now. Make sure that the information that you're getting on the system is for what's currently... more»
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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... 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»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... 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... 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»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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»
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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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»
Ivan Silva
Real User
Storage and VMware Expert at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 07 2016

What is most valuable?

It gives us the flexibility to work with all protocols on the same Storage Box. The WAFL (Write Anywhere File Layout)... more»

How has it helped my organization?

All the protocols on the same box can solve all the configurations problems. They also help centralize and simplify all... more»

What needs improvement?

Unify all backup software on the single tool to simplify the administration.

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

The price, sometimes, is very high, but the ROI is guaranteed.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

In the past, I used, and still work with, solutions like Fujitsu and Hitachi, but when I have an opportunity to work... more»

What other advice do I have??

Study the NetApp solutions, and before you implement be sure to do PoCs.
it_user332655
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... 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... 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»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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.
RegSoCal793
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... more»
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