NetApp ONTAP Room for Improvement

Peggy Balaberda
Storage Tech at General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc.
We're at 9.3 so when we go to 9.5 we would like the synchronous SnapMirror because our users would like that, especially the ones that do the conveyor belt of data. We'd like that. A lot of the other ones, I'd like just to see go to HCI, but that's just another investment to go to. I'd have to go back and look at everything else. For ONTAP 9, 9.5, we like to keep up with everything that's going on because we don't let anything lag too much. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
While its performance has been great, the configuration with the MetroCluster has been a bit of a headache. We've been working through it. However, it's a bit of a tedious process. With the MetroCluster, in theory, we should have good reliability. We have been having some issues just the finishing the configuration. Some of our DR tests have been not successful, so it's been a little troubling. We have had some issues with the architecture, because of the complex setup with the MetroCluster. While it is getting there, we've had problems. We've had some outages trying to get the system up, so it hasn't been very good, but I'm hoping we get there. This does not seem like it's necessarily a NetApp issue, but the architecting of it has been a little rough. Going forward, I want to see a simplified deployment and more straightforward recommendations on what is required for it. They're a little vague, and we've had some issues where we would like to have a tool that can scan the environment and find issues before deployment, fixing issues. So, when we're deploying it, we're not running into problems. Simplification would definitely help. View full review »
Storage Specialist at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
I think everything can be improved, really. The IT world is evolving all the time, so there's always a new challenge and always a new thing to improve. It is harder to say what that could be. In a perfect world, there should exist some kind of guide as to what kind of workloads you would be able to mix within the same cluster or aggregate. That would be something really good and useful for us because we have centralized everything in just one MetroCluster. Now we are not sure if that architecture is actually giving us a few headaches or if it is something different. We have more than 15 petabytes of space use and we have a really low percentage of failures. In the boxes that are not really I/O (Input / Output) intensive, they are working very well. View full review »
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David Boone
Operations and Server Manager at Denver Health
There is a lot a lot of functional integration that we look forward to for improvements. I'm learning where they're going and I'm very interested to see those improvements and how they can help us. View full review »
Rob Cargill
Technical Director at Venn IT Solutions
The additional features I would like to see in ONTAP, and NetApp would probably be the single pane of glass software. Over the years that's probably the biggest area that we've struggled with. NetApp has had a lot of good products, but a lot of them haven't necessarily seamlessly integrated with each other and you have to go to multiple management consoles to manage their software or their hardware. From a customer point of view, I think that single pane of glass where you could just add modules and enable functionality would be the most beneficial thing that NetApp could add. View full review »
Brad Schlicht
Infrastructure engineer at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see them have a continued focus on stability because there's so much software involved that it'd be really nice to just continue to have developers focus on that. It's the most important thing in the end, and other than that, I think they're working on a lot of the stuff that I personally am looking for, as well as more Ansible modules, and PowerShell modules. View full review »
John Kinkead
Technical Analyst at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
They use a lot of PowerShell for managing things and there are still a few things that you can't do through PowerShell cmdlets that you can do in the native CLI. It would be nice if they got more of those added in. View full review »
Storage Manager at Mekorot water company
What I would like to see in the next release is the ability to combine all the clusters. Make it so that they will work not just pairs. If I have a four-node cluster, I want it to work for four and not just four pairs of clusters. This is what I am expecting as an enhancement. View full review »
Team Lead ESS - Sr. Customer Support Engineer, Linux / Storage at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The solution is more for mid-range companies. The integration could be improved. There used to be an integration product called Snapper Tech, however, it's not available anymore. The vendor-partner relationships need to be improved across the board. The back-up side of the solution could be improved, as could the archive. We still have to rely on third-party backup programs and other archiving solutions. If it was offered by NetApp itself, it would be much better. The solution seems to be changing and moving towards the cloud and it will require many changes in order to be able to adapt to this shift. View full review »
Oliver Fuckner
Systems Administrator at Strato AG
Synchronous NetMirror and FlexCache features will be back again. This is really great. It will help us be more efficient but it will take some time until it really comes down and we can use it. We hope that SSD's will be cheap enough so that we can consolidate and save reg space in the future. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc.
It takes them a few seconds to do a failover. I hope they can reduce this to milliseconds or at least drive it down to less than two seconds. Some of their competitors are already doing this. View full review »
IT Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I'm waiting for end-to-end NVMe. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a individual & family service with 501-1,000 employees
I would like to see more integration of the features with the CIFS and SMB Protocols. We also want integration with iSCSI. Right now, there are a lot of gap between some bleeding edge technology and the assembly protocols. Therefore, I want to see those areas improved in the future releases. View full review »
Pratap Guduru
Chief Administrative Officer at a government with 10,001+ employees
The cloud features, the ability to go into the cloud would be a feature I'd like to see improvements on. They could also improve on their ability to back up storage. View full review »
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial UI integration could be quite a lot better. I would like to have deduplication and SSD features in the product. View full review »
Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It should have the ability to be very agile and release more cloud-centric products as compared to some of its competitors. We would like it to have the ability to run or manage a solution in the cloud. This would allow us to migrate our data on-premise to off-premise in cloud solutions. View full review »
Luis Henriquez
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The way you attach, move, migrate, and access LUNs is complicated, and if you do not know how to do it, it can be a great problem for your IT environment. View full review »
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