NetApp ONTAP Valuable Features

Peggy Balaberda
Storage Tech at General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc.
Ease of use is the most valuable feature for us. We brought a new storage person online, he knew another product, we easily taught him what he needed to know using Data ONTAP. He came up quickly, became very valuable to our team because he could use Data ONTAP. It was poof, he was done and became a valued member of our team. It didn't take him months and months to spin up on the product, so it's very nice. It took longer to spend on all the names we had and where all of our locations were. Data ONTAP was no big deal for him. We know how much space we'll save. We have compression. Within provision and dedupe, one volume that we have problems with is we do 30% and it's around 12 terabytes. It's a very large volume and we dedupe everything and we get huge savings. We over-allocate our aggregates and it still works, it's great, it's fun. We dedupe everywhere, we get huge savings. We went back and deduped the whole thing again, we could get more, so that's what we do. We go back and look to see if there's an option we can set and do it from the beginning, but still 13 terabytes, that's a lot of dedupe savings. Sometimes we get 50% or more in our savings, so we love dedupe. View full review »
reviewer1223520
Storage Specialist at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
The high availability is one of the most valuable features. But it is also nice that it is easy to do snapshots and to recover things using SnapVault. Those are great features. View full review »
David Boone
Operations and Server Manager at Denver Health
One of the biggest values that ONTAP provides is the ability to fail over between two data centers. Since we are a hospital, it gives us high availability and allows for us not only to failover in situations of a power outage, but also allows for us to do testing to ensure that the product is functioning properly. My impression of NVME is that it works flawlessly and it allows for us to be able to manage our environment in a more rapid fashion. For NVMe we've only partially just began to really start playing with it and test it. We're working on implementing on MetroCluster over IP. We haven't involved ourselves very heavily on it at this point in time. Because of the deduplication ONTAP reduces the footprint and makes the footprint much smaller. View full review »
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Rob Cargill
Technical Director at Venn IT Solutions
Definitely the most valuable features for ONTAP that we've come across are the Snapshot and cloning technologies. We take regular scheduled snapshots and from that we provision clones to SQL databases, which means that we can run multi-terabyte databases within literally minutes and do data analytics against those databases, pull them all down, and restart that process as many times as we like. It's a great use case because we used to be able to do that process every one to two weeks, but due to the restore procedure it would take twelve to sixteen hours to get any of those databases out back. Now, we can provision that in literally minutes. We can run that process a lot more frequently and get the answers back a lot more often. We've been able to save a lot of space in our NetApp storage mostly due to the deduplication engine that runs. Particularly in our VM datastores, we're looking up to 70 to 80 percent of space efficiency being achieved through that. Add into that compression and now compaction with the new ONTAP version it's certainly pushing those figures more up to 80 to 90 percent. View full review »
Brad Schlicht
Infrastructure engineer at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
The primary features that are most important to me, currently for ONTAP, are stability, first and foremost, and the ability to automate. ONTAP offers me PowerShell cmdlets and I can use Ansible via API to automate our day to day tasks. Previously, it was all the other software like, SnapManager, and Snapshotting, which a lot of other vendors didn't have. View full review »
John Kinkead
Technical Analyst at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
One of the things I find most valuable is the way they do the Snapshots, taking incrementals at points in time. We just upgraded to 9.3, which is not the latest version, and it has some adaptive QoS built in. We have been using WFA for that. I'm interested in checking that out. I'm really glad they added it. View full review »
James Warthen
Unix Admin at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For me and my users, the most valuable feature is the ability to mask Unix accounts to Linux accounts. View full review »
reviewer1333320
Team Lead ESS - Sr. Customer Support Engineer, Linux / Storage at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The reliability of the storage is the solution's most valuable aspect. The hardware of the solution is very reliable and there are hardly any issues at all. There rarely are failures, especially when you compare it to other vendors, which have a higher failure rate. For example, HPE tends to be more prone to disc failures. In the case of ONTAP, this is extremely rare. The OS is very user-friendly. Due to the fact that the architecture of the system is the same, once we learn ONTAP, we don't have to worry about drastic changes. Other vendors tend to change their products, and then we have to re-learn everything again, including the complete UI and configuration. With NetApp ONTAP, once you learn it, only a little bit of updating is required. The solution is very easy to configure. View full review »
Oliver Fuckner
Systems Administrator at Strato AG
The most valuable features are stability and performance, and that with the cDot feature we can move data around without any interruption. Also, the hardware maintenance is really, really, easy and fast. We are discussing ONTAP for AI. We are having a look at it, but we haven't used it yet. We have been using deduplication on our web volumes and have seen about 25 to 28% data reduction. That's not that much because mail storage is pre-compressed by the clients, and we do not save anything there. View full review »
SeniorSte931
Senior Storage Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc.
* It is easy to manage. * A novice can use it. * The Snap features of ONTAP. * It has all the good features that everyone wants. View full review »
ITEnginebc32
IT Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The valuable features include replication, Snapmirror. That's really useful for us. Also, FlexGroup is useful as it is capacity-oriented, so we can keep extending the space. View full review »
StorageE77ac
Storage Engineer at a individual & family service with 501-1,000 employees
* The capability to create no overhead Snapshots. * The capability to restore from Snapshots: file and add volume. * FlexClone is a great feature. * All the features are great with ONTAP. View full review »
Harikrishna Kamma
Storage Engineer L3 SME at Dimension Data
The best features within a database like data application, compression, compaction and SnapMirror, SnapWall, and encryption. NVME over Fabrics in a next-generation feature, which gives even faster access to the data than what we have with our agencies. Then we have the SSDs. So, improving ONTAP is taking off. On day one, when NetApp started, the cluster there were not with all the features that were in the seven mode. Then, gradually, keep adding novice 9.3, 9.4. Most of the features are from 7.3. They also have additional features like encryption, compaction, which are not there as well. View full review »
Pratap Guduru
Chief Administrative Officer at a government with 10,001+ employees
ONTAP provides the ability to dole out Qtree shares as needed. Team volumes is a benefit. View full review »
Software67e0
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
When it accesses regular files, it does so as an NFS workload, which retrieves data quickly. View full review »
Manager1516
Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It most valuable feature is its stability. A product has to be stable. View full review »
Luis Henriquez
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
* Total control of data in the cloud * Multiple consumption modes * Rapid deployment In addition, we have some databases hosted in this solution and are very impressed by the performance and speed of the solution. View full review »
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