NetApp FAS Series Reviews

NetApp FAS Series is the #3 ranked solution of our top NAS tools. It's rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) - NetApp FAS Series vs Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon)

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Real User
Computer System Administrator at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 27 2020

What is most valuable?

For us, the greatest aspect of the solution is the fact that it just runs. It is amazingly resilient. That's very important to us, because we are basically, with some exceptions, have a 24/7 operation. The newer features will be able to do things without interrupting the user experience, such as… more »

What needs improvement?

The one aspect of the solution that's negative for us is also more unique to us due to the fact that we did a MetroCluster. The tiebreaker piece that does the monitoring of the two different locations, and determines if one is not talking to the network normally (or if it's truly down) is a little… more »

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

We haven't really done anything with the leasing options that they have recently come out with. We have instead outright purchased the equipment and all of the software that we use from them. It doesn't seem out of the normal range for other vendors. I don't really have a big pro or con stance on… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with NetApp. The FAS Series itself is not as complex as a MetroCluster configuration of the FAS. I would say if you're doing the MetroCluster configuration, it's worth it to get a consultant to assist. Almost every time that I have used a… more »
Real User
Assistant Director, IT at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 09 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the valuable features of the solution is data consolidation and visualization - and snapshots of course. The solution is easy to manage.

What needs improvement?

We'd like to move to a solution that does more beyond just data, like starting to get more to servers and network specialization and data visualization and things like that. Server network and management specialization or consolidation. And also, trying to see a bit more single plane of glass in… more »

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

I think the pricing of this solution could be lower because really it's just storage consolidation these days. I think this technology has matured so much. It's time to make it slightly more competitive, it's on the high side for now.

What other advice do I have?

Obviously anyone looking at this solution must have primarily a data storage use case. If they have a strong case for data storage, it's a good solution. From there it's just a matter of managing work flows between SAN and NAS which requires planning. You can then manage your capacities very well if… more »
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Real User
Principal Architect Infrastructure Solutions at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is SnapMirror.

What needs improvement?

If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product. Some of our customers complain about not liking the UI, whereas others say that they love it. Also, some say that the FAS is too slow and some… more »

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

The price depends on the size and features. I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD. It would be very difficult to give an average cost. In some cases, there are costs in addition to the standard licensing… more »

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

I regularly work with solutions from NetApp, Dell, and HPE.

What other advice do I have?

The suitability of this product depends on the use cases and the environment. For places where we sell it, it fits well. In places where it doesn't fit well, we would typically go with another solution like NetApp All-Flash storage, or… more »
Ricky Santos
Real User
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
Mar 09 2020

What is most valuable?

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

How has it helped my organization?

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

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.

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

Licensing is still proprietary which is one of the advantage of some Netapp devices to some of the storage systems.

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

Previously we used the IBM N Series storage system. We switched because of its limited features.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated the HP and Dell storage solutions before choosing this product.
Paul Macharia
Real User
ICT-I Manager at KTDA
Jul 19 2020

What is most valuable?

The most important features are SnapVault, Snapshots, and SnapMirror.

What needs improvement?

Netapp closed their local offices in our country leading to no technical and sales support representation.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anyone who is considering NetApp FAS is that it is a good product and our only real complaint is the lack of technical support. If they live in a country where technical support is available then I recommend it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product originally, we evaluated others and were ultimately impressed by the Snapshots, ShapVault, and SnapRestore features. These were what we really wanted, and at the time, we could not find another product that had similar capabilities. We had been using NetApp for quite… more »
Sanjiv Khushu
Consultant
Chief Evangelist & CEO at Evantage IT Consulting Services Pvt Ltd
Dec 24 2018

What do you think of NetApp FAS Series?

What is our primary use case?

Used SnapMirror for replication and DR. It's a good case for a storage-based DR. Good results on RPO and RTO.

How has it helped my organization?

Efficient usage Good pricing Good solution architects and deployment guys are available Licensing is easy.

What is most valuable?

Lesser resources needed for snapshot and recovery Easy to manage Recovery process is easy Integration with other tools is available.

What needs improvement?

Integration with most of the third-party BR tools A clear roadmap for next releases should be available.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.
Aklilu Shiferaw
Real User
System Engineer at Symbol Technologies PLC
Jul 10 2019

What do you think of NetApp FAS Series?

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as general unified SAN storage for different workloads.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution provides us with easy management and great vendor support.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that this acts as unified storage, both SAN and NAS, for all types of workloads.

What needs improvement?

Dedicated storage efficiency accelerators could improve the overall performance of the system.

For how long have I used the solution?

Four years.

What is NetApp FAS Series?

NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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