NetApp OnCommand Insight Room for Improvement

Storage Architect at US Navy
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 showing me that server and how much storage space, it just shows it to you in a big font. Literally in a big font. That's it. So if your server is named Max and you've got another server named Sue, and Max is taking up most of your space, all it's going to show is just Max is big, Sue is little. That's is really weird, because I really want to see more than that. You can click on Max, drill down in and see the stuff. But I would rather, on my front interface, say, "Oh, gosh, Max is using 10 terabytes. Sue is only using one. She's fixing to choke. Let me move some of this over." You can build those out, but initially when you bring up the dashboard, that was one thing they couldn't take away. They couldn't change that. It just looks kind of kludgy. I'd like it to look a lot more clean when I first login. It would help if it could be a little more user friendly at the beginning. Show me a little bit more that I need to see, that I find more relevant, without me having to build out templates. Maybe even have a drop-down that says you've already got the data there. But it would be a lot easier if I could just build the template out myself and, right now, I don't feel like we're comfortable doing that. We had to bring somebody in to do it. View full review »
Jonathan Pure
Lead Systems Administrator at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 probably going to be better. I'm looking forward to that. I think one of the weaknesses is pulling in systems outside of virtual environments, of physical hosts, and the like. I think it's something they're working on from what I've heard. But being able to look at some other things outside of what we typically monitor - we have some physical AIX environments. They can look into it a little bit but there's more that I can see being done in some of those outside-systems for virtualization. For virtualization and NetApp it's great, but for pulling in other sources where we're using NetApp storage, we're looking to get a little bit more data out of it. View full review »
Madhu Vinod Diwakar
Technology Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
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 monitoring. We have floor automation but I don't think we can include heterogeneous components into that. If there was a solution or plugin on OCI which could give us that functionality, where we could manage heterogeneous data sources, that would be great. View full review »
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Storage And Backup Tools Manager at a tech services company
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 there's always going to be something that has to be improved. View full review »
Lead Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Team Lead Storage at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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 7-Mode to C mode a migration happened and many features, like FTP and SFTP, were dropped. We have been using it, but there needs to be better communication when features are dropped because there are end users using it who might find it a shock: "Oh, why was that dropped?" View full review »
Ken S
Storage Services Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 towards, "Will this footprint be viable to move to the cloud?" That's an option we are thinking would help. View full review »
Jb Mercer
Technical Engineer at FBL Financial Group
Just make it one product, not in pieces like performance and discovery. Stop having all these individual pieces. Pricing by terabytes, not the end of the world, and that's okay. Stop if I want this, I have to buy that. Just release it as a single product. View full review »
System Administrator at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Perhaps integration with other platforms; any other monitoring, other kinds of storage platforms. View full review »
Fernando Vargas
Senior Data Protection Specialist at Cox Enterprises
I would like to see more performance features on the flash storage and also on the backup appliances. Also the ability to analyze NAS, NFS and CIFS protocols and cloud protocols. View full review »
Integrations Director at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We would like to see additional online training. View full review »
Storage Engineer at Cerner
Personally, some of the older things that HPE created originally, you could dig a little bit deeper into each client in certain ways that OCI doesn't quite do. With HPE we could look at very specific port-to-port on there, per array that we have. Whereas the OCI, you can still do that but the way it's done is a little bit... When I look at a host, I can't look at the entire host. I can only look at different LUNS on that host and that can be a problem sometimes. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
The ability to better manage the graphs and the dashboards: Resizing them, positioning them, and the ability to publish them outside of OCI to websites or SharePoint. Sold differently, the user interface (UI) would be easier. At times, it seems a little bit slow. We find when it draws data that there is a lag. The reporting tool is very cumbersome, and it is difficult to create reports out of it. That is the most complicated part of the tool and how to use it. View full review »
San Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Right now it monitors our entire datacenter, all the different Pure Storage as well as NetApp. It does multiple vendors. Its only drawbacks are it's expensive and the upgrades are somewhat difficult. It would be better if they could simplify the upgrade process. It's long and tedious. You have to be careful, or you could shoot yourself in the foot. View full review »
Eduardo Stephan
Storage Analyst at BCCSS
It would be helpful if it were easier to create queries. It's not very intuitive. View full review »
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company
It's really fragile. We try not to depend on it because every time we change something in our environment, it breaks. So reporting, performance, metrics, it takes a lot to keep this thing running. We have a really dynamic environment, meaning our machines are constantly being patched. They are constantly being rebooted, and OCI is not really that resilient. I'd like it to be more stable, simpler, and get Java out of it. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
There was a minor issue where we were receiving a notification that a cluster was not available, or communication to the cluster. OnCommand Manager could not reach a cluster, which is really much like a false positive. The minor issues were communications within the systems. View full review »
Gianfranco Lanza
Responsabile Data Management DC Area Nord Ovest at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Enhance SNMP monitoring in order to broaden the number of storages that can be discovered. Review the setup of the software and divide the DB from the application and web server. Also, modularize the software more. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Setup could be easier with some more integration with other products, but that's not really a NetApp thing. That's really the other products and how they integrate back with NetApp. Most of it is not them, it is how they communicate with other third parties. It is just the third parties, trying to get all the pieces to talk together correctly. View full review »
Technology Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
We would like to see the ability to produce more complex reports without having to go to Professional Services. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a marketing services firm
We can't encompass everything into it yet. E.g., the plugins for the other vendors' products that we can't currently monitor. View full review »
Raul Sanchez
Storage and Backup Administrator at T-Systems
I would like them to develop voice commands so that I can say to the product, "Create a volume." View full review »
Nas System Administrator at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Just more features, to be able to dig a little bit deeper into what it can actually report on. View full review »
Jose Perez
Performance Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see better graphics. We have seen regular graphs and pie graphs. I am sure that there are better ways to show this information. The graphical settings should also be easier to use. View full review »
Gary Yan
Staff Engineer at Trend Micro Inc.
I don't know, the product is very good. Maybe lower the price. View full review »
Venkat Kotyada
Senior Storage Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Email notifications * Data store recoveries * Moving into the cloud. They should include more of these type of things. View full review »
CIP System Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're not using it to its full potential, so it is hard to provide feedback here. View full review »
Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
They're moving away from the Java interface, but there are still some things that are only in the Java versus the web interface. View full review »
Ivan Silva
Storage and VMware Expert at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The product is not easy to learn from the materials provided. We still have questions regarding it. View full review »
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