NetApp OnCommand Insight Valuable Features

Storage Architect at US Navy
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 are all the time complaining about slowness. So we can go in and say, "Oh, you need to moved over to this node or this node". OCI is perfect for that. OCI has grown a lot over the last few years and we didn't realize until a few weeks ago, when we had our workshop, how powerful it really is, that it can actually automate and move stuff around for you in some ways. The biggest thing though, is just being able to get a visual, overall view of your environment to see if this node is being hammered or if this storage is filling up really fast. Just being able see it at a glance, when I come in in the morning, I'm drinking my coffee and say, "Oh, this place is about to fill up I need to move this." That's key. That makes sure there are no "gotchas." In addition, I get emails - I guarantee I have emails right now from OCI - that say, "Hey, we had a node that got over subscribed." Then, "Oh, its cleared now," that kind of thing. That's really nice because I'm never surprised, in the middle of the night if I get a call, I can look down at my email and say, "Oh, yeah there's a reason you're calling me, because that node is down or we're having issues with that." View full review »
High Performance Compute at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 helpful because we are in a hurricane zone. We test SnapMirror every year by doing disaster recovery tests in April. We do our Mirrors every hour. Within four hours during the last hurricane, we had our basic infrastructure up in Houston. We had stuff that we could bring up, so our data was protected, which is what it is all about. There are other admins who use a lot of the features, like FlexGroup and SnapMirror restore volumes, along with the dev and test stuff. So, we use a lot of the components. View full review »
Jonathan Pure
Lead Systems Administrator at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 allows you pull in your VMware information and the like, and see it all together, helps when you have an incident. You can correlate all that data together, and that's very valuable. View full review »
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Madhu Vinod Diwakar
Technology Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Brian Bargo
Storage Engineer at Web.Com
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 where the issue might be. For the reporting side, the data warehouse side, if you're good with that, it can get really detailed reports that are good for showing people, at any level of the company. For the performance side, obviously it's good for troubleshooting. View full review »
Storage And Backup Tools Manager at a tech services company
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 to account it's always the same data. You're not looking at form A here, and form B there. We can actually have a standard set of reports globally. The one thing that NetApp has done a very good job of is keeping up with the current technology out there, not just with what they're doing, but with what the industry is doing. When we have had to deploy something very quickly, this was several years ago, EMC released a new product, and we were the first people to have a functioning chargeback report in the industry, because they actually brought developers in, wrote the code, and allowed us to produce it. This ended being in the product. View full review »
Lead Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
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 storage area, and the future plan is to get that integrated into this one. We also have the PoC already running. The down-end is in place for us for the ONTAP Cloud Manager. There's cost, so once we know that we are full-fledged going to use it, then we plan to integrate that with OCI. View full review »
Team Lead Storage at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Systems Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 until we had that product. We also started installing the anomaly piece of that, so that's neat to see, and source. We're still just learning about that. View full review »
Ken S
Storage Services Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to collect data from every other manufacturer like NetApp, HPE 3PAR - all the different storage products. View full review »
Jb Mercer
Technical Engineer at FBL Financial Group
The Performance Manager: Where we get performance statistics. It is about the best method we have right now that we have for monitoring our individual virtual machines. View full review »
System Administrator at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
The ease of use, because we don't have much time to learn all the new things. View full review »
Fernando Vargas
Senior Data Protection Specialist at Cox Enterprises
It gives us the ability to report on all our storage environment. It gives us a way to monitor, visualize, and pinpoint problems. We can focus on and project usage growth. We can also monitor and measure performance of all the stores. We can compare, use it for capacity planning, forecasting, present usage. We can also compare performance over several years. Compare different products from different vendors and see how they perform against each other. There are many things that you can do with it. View full review »
Integrations Director at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
It gives us the ability to look at our storage and figure out what we are doing with it. Without it, we are sort of blind. We have all these different aggregates going on, and we don't know what's been stored where, so it allows us to look underneath the hood. View full review »
Storage Engineer at Cerner
The fact that it gives us a way to report usage for the arrays that we have, issues that we have. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
The ability to have insight into how our systems are being used. View full review »
San Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's a good, single place to go to see the storage performance on all of our clusters. View full review »
Eduardo Stephan
Storage Analyst at BCCSS
It's not vendor lock-in so I can collect data from different vendors, which is important for us. We are collecting data from Brocade, HP, NetApp, and EMC. View full review »
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company
It gives visibility to the VMs. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Performance monitoring * Monitoring events happening within the cluster * Notifications we're receiving, mainly for monitoring View full review »
Gianfranco Lanza
Responsabile Data Management DC Area Nord Ovest at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Performance monitoring of hundreds of switches and being able to see results in one dashboard. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Performance data. View full review »
Technology Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The ability to get reports out, to see what OCI is doing for us, and we can see what our capacity is. We can also see performance reports. So capacity and performance are two of the big things we use it for. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a marketing services firm
Some of the most valuable ones are actually being able to pull statistics off of the devices within our enterprise and correlate them to predict trends which are happening. View full review »
Raul Sanchez
Storage and Backup Administrator at T-Systems
The most valuable feature is the security. When we identify a vulnerability, it is easy to mitigate it. NetApp provides the solution. It's also easy to create and move volumes. View full review »
Engineer at TD
The analytics over it. The ability to connect to any type of storage device that I've got, then extract and report in a centralized manner on all my SAN infrastructure. View full review »
Nas System Administrator at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
* Reporting * The way it pulls the data * Performance analytics Everything for it is just amazing. View full review »
Jose Perez
Performance Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the five minute review. The machine learning features help me troubleshoot faster. View full review »
Carter Beil
Storage Admin at ZF
* The tracking of utilization of our storage systems. * Seeing the throughput. These are the most important metrics for having a working operating system and working storage system. View full review »
Gary Yan
Staff Engineer at Trend Micro Inc.
The product we use in our datacenter, and mostly I want to know about our datacenter's situation. In terms of the performance, before it was kind of is slow but now it is good. And the UI is good, after an upgrade, now it's a 7.3, I think. View full review »
Venkat Kotyada
Senior Storage Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
This is a very good tool to see everything on an overview: Where and what are the devices, how much storage you are using, how much Apple storage, and with what connectivity is being used. You will get a total view of your storage. View full review »
CIP System Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Performance monitoring. View full review »
Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The data analytics for helping track down issues. View full review »
Ivan Silva
Storage and VMware Expert at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The flexibility to use it. View full review »
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