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StorageA970f
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.... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... 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... more»
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... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... 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.... more»
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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... more»

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... 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,... 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... more»
StorageA8a75
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... 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,... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

The instrumentation wasn't there, and that's what we deployed it for: storage, instrumentation, reporting, then accurate chargeback.
Brian Bargo
Real User
Storage Engineer at Web.Com
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

I like the performance side the most. When we have an issue going on currently in the environment, the graphing of all the data helps pinpoint... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'd say for the cDOT side of it, yes. We had a solution for 7-mode, but for cDOT we didn't really have anything yet, so it helped by making sure... more»

What needs improvement?

They've already got better stuff coming out. I don't know what else I could need, honestly. Before, they had the fiber channel for switches on... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We initially invested in OCI to improve our reporting in our environment because we wanted to be able to predict purchases in the future. So... more»

What other advice do I have??

We do web.com, basically web hosting. I don't think this product is uniquely valuable in our industry. I think its pretty much good for anyone... more»
StorageA7774
Real User
Storage Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 04 2017

What is most valuable?

What I get out of it: the day-to-day monitoring. In my role as an administrator, I'm primarily responsible for operational functionality, so I... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since we have to monitor multiple systems, it gives us a single pane of glass to look at all of our environments. Also, to compare and contrast,... more»

What needs improvement?

Alerting: It's not complicated, but with so many groups involved in setting up something like an SNMP trap, or even an email alerting system, so... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We chose NetApp because we look for a vendor who can provide value-added support, not just break and fix, but best practices, advice, roadmap... more»

What other advice do I have??

If you're going to do any reasonable-sized NetApp installation, you need to have it. You just can't manage it effectively without that level of... more»
SystemsA85df
Real User
Systems Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

It's probably the performance trending and the analytics that we have on that. We didn't have good insight into what our systems were doing... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are just allowing us to get a better view of our environment, because today we just don't know what's happening. I know it's going... more»

What needs improvement?

It has a lot already. But if they would just continue the platform support for other vendors besides NetApp on the OCI part. Just to get more of... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

No. Before, we were just using the native tools on ONTAP. We needed to have a way to look at our performance statistics.

What other advice do I have??

We're in the Finance field. But I wouldn't say this solution is uniquely valuable to finance. It's just good for all the storage environment.
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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... 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... more»
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