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Real User
Storage Architect at US Navy
Nov 02 2017

What is most valuable?

Being able to immediately look at my data. See the sizing, where I'm at on different virtual machines. Also, the most important thing, is IOPS. We have people - we support their applications - that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We do a lot of databases within that app and we had a problem with a lot of our databases running slowly. Once we got OCI, we started seeing where the IOPS were really failing us. We actually found… more»

What needs improvement?

Maybe a little bit more graphical interface. Right now - and this is going to sound really weird - but whatever the biggest server is, the one that is utilizing the most storage space, instead of… more»

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

Our sales guy that came in, a wonderful guy, told us OCI was the greatest thing since sliced bread. He has an SE, he and I just hit it off. It was really his interpretation of OCI that sold us on it… more»

What other advice do I have?

When I look at a vendor, generally I look to see if I feel like I'm being fed a lot of bull or are they really talking to me. I look for a vendor that genuinely takes interest in what we're doing and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't know that there was anything else out there. Balance was their predecessor. We used the heck out of Balance. Balance was free but it became an unsupported product. OCI we bought, but we… more»
Real User
High Performance Compute at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The cost, reliability, and support are great features. We are in New Orleans, so being able to SnapMirror, moving the data to another place protected. Also, Snapshots have been very helpful. These are… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It houses our most important data for the whole Gulf of Mexico. As a whole, it works on the most critical data on NetApp right now. So, it's critical.

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

We like that it is one license and everything is bundled in together. We just made a major investment back in May of this year, so we'll have it for another four and a half or five years easily. Thus… more»

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

In 2001, we switched from LSI Logic. We were sort of building storage on a cheap at the time. Anyway, a guy who used to work here suggested NetApp, though it was certainly more per gig or megabyte at… more»

What other advice do I have?

NetApp is a major player. You should look into them. Their service around the world is incredible along with their support. OCI is moving at light speed. They are doing a good job on the trends. I am… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The last dozen years, nobody's been on our storage list. It used to be Digital Equipment Corporation, but that was so long ago.
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Jonathan Pure
Real User
Lead Systems Administrator at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of OCI is the ability to correlate a lot of different data sources together. It's very difficult to get a picture from just looking at the storage view. The fact that it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's improved the organization in that, when people complained about an issue in the past, we had to go to all these different systems to look at the performance data; going into vSphere, going into… more»

What needs improvement?

I think there's still a piece of it that's external, the Java interface. I think that's all starting to get integrated into the whole HTML5, and once it's all integrated together, I think that's… more»

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

We had used some solutions in the past, SolarWinds, just looking at vSphere monitoring, and we didn't have any one solution that pulled it all together. While SolarWinds is pretty good, the polling… more»

What other advice do I have?

When we select a vendor, we look for somebody who is innovating in whatever their marketplace is, and that has a good forward thinking strategy. Somebody who is leveraging good interface technologies… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking at - I believe it's now Brocade - but it was Riverbed that had a solution, and that had some dynamic performance monitoring. But I think OCI probably just made sense because we're… more»
Madhu Vinod Diwakar
Consultant
Technology Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

It is the reporting functionality. We haven't gone to the extent where we are using the anomaly detection, but from a reporting perspective and single-pane-of-glass perspective, to look at our heterogeneous infrastructure, it is doing a great job.

How has it helped my organization?

Right now, it's our single pane of glass to monitor our entire infrastructure. It is the first point of troubleshooting where we go to see any anomaly, or for troubleshooting any performance issue. It's doing a good job so far. We're happy. With a single pane of glass to look at, regarding any… more»

What needs improvement?

It's the interop matrix. And if there was a chance to orchestrate on a heterogeneous structure using OCI, that would be a great start; or at least a plugin to each one of them, that would be a great start too. Also, right now we don't have any management functionality using OCI. It's all about… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor to work with, the most important criteria for us are support and its foothold in the market. If you're talking about storage arrays, it's the federation and the high availability components. Recently we had some mishaps where we had outages. So, high availability of the array… more»
Real User
Storage And Backup Tools Manager at a tech services company
Oct 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Scalability: If you're from a large enterprise, it's easy for us to go into customer environments and pull the data out. It's very security-friendly. There's also the reporting suite, and the extensibility of that is fantastic. As well as we can replicate charge reports, so when you go from account… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Definitely, the single pane of glass for capacity management. Every customer has multiple vendors of storage, which allows us to bring those into a single report, deliver those, not just to engineers, but also to the operations level and business owners of those organizations as well, so they can… more»

What needs improvement?

The UI: They have been growing and changing. There's been some growing pains with that, but they are moving into the new HTML5 interface, which is fantastic. They are hitting on all the right points, but it's never going to be a perfect because there's always going to be something new, which means… more»

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

The instrumentation wasn't there, and that's what we deployed it for: storage, instrumentation, reporting, then accurate chargeback.
Real User
Lead Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 09 2018

What is most valuable?

I've found the performance and capacity trends to be the most valuable features. The solution gives us usage reports. For example, if there's some kind of a peak, it can tell us certain times that usage will go up and come back down. We are getting into the public cloud right now. We have the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has definitely improved our organization. For example, we have, in total, 46 data centers and we're trying to make them into four or five data centers. OCI has helped us integrate all the other vendors into one OCI. We are trying to see what its usage is around a specific time. Since we know what… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see some kind of email mechanism to send email alerts with system updates. Also, perhaps OCI could send a graph that gives yearly or quarterly reports.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a ten because of its ability to integrate with multiple systems. This gives me better performance numbers and gives me more information about where my loopholes are, where I need to target my customers, where I need to go back and retain storage. OCI is by far a really… more»
Real User
Team Lead Storage at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is definitely the reports, the complete analysis of the data. We also like the scalability, since it can work with Hitachi, Isilon, etc. That's also a very useful part of it.

How has it helped my organization?

We have not implemented in a full-fledged way yet, but we expect OCI will be beneficial in helping us save on costs.

What needs improvement?

We have traditionally been customers of NetApp, we have it all over the enterprise. So far it is satisfactory. But I would like to see NetApp focus more on availability and customer support. From… more»

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

We didn't have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

OCI is a very strong product, it has so many features and a handful of features that are really good, such as analytics and the reporting. We are not yet using the machine-learning features of this… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated other organizations, like Hitachi and Dell EMC.
Ken S
Real User
Storage Services Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to collect data from every other manufacturer like NetApp, HPE 3PAR - all the different storage products.

How has it helped my organization?

I can get the overall usage, performance and, later, we see all the details across the board.

What needs improvement?

I think there was an issue with the actual usage of some of the storage, so that could be a little bit more detail we can get in to. Also helpful would be cloud integration or even assessment in going… more»

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

We had individual siloed applications, utilities. 3PAR had one and VMAX had one, NetApp had one, so we had DFM etc. Each of those had each feature and function. Not as detailed as OCI. At this point… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor to work, the most important criteria for me are * response time * knowledgeable staff * detailed reports and those all worked out pretty well. It has given us a lot more… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The option there was HPE OneView. We were looking at it but I think NetApp came out much more detailed.
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