NetApp StorageGRID Overview

NetApp StorageGRID is the #5 ranked solution of our top File and Object Storage tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Red Hat Ceph Storage: NetApp StorageGRID vs Red Hat Ceph Storage

What is NetApp StorageGRID?

Store and manage unstructured data at scale using NetApp StorageGRID for secure, durable object storage. Place content in the right location, at the right time, and on the right storage tier, optimizing workflows and reducing overall costs for globally distributed rich media. 

NetApp StorageGRID is also known as Storage GRID.

NetApp StorageGRID Buyer's Guide

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NetApp StorageGRID Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Storage Architect at TELUS Corporation
Real User
Nov 5, 2018
It has awesome scalability. We consume it with storage appliance nodes, then we just plug and play as we need more.

What is our primary use case?

We have set up an Internet-facing S3 service. We use and sell that to customers in that format. We also use it internally, though not that much. I set up the networking for the internal use case. It is mostly used for backup and archival workloads at this point.

Pros and Cons

  • It has awesome scalability. We consume it with storage appliance nodes, then we just plug and play as we need more.
  • I would like to see them integrate more with the monitoring platforms. It is a bit difficult to get automated monitoring of the system.
  • The processes around installation and upgrade need improvement.

Cost and Licensing Advice

  • The licensing that the S3 service provides them from a FabricPool standpoint is more attractive than the licensing from AWS or Azure.
  • We save money on storage costs from this solution since it allows us to have a source of revenue from customers consuming the service.

What other advice do I have?

Look at StorageGRID product because it hits that sweet spot of what you are trying to do as a service provider from an S3 perspective. There are a couple of opportunities that we're looking at for IoT analytics or machine learning in the near future.
Jeff Frankowski
Senior Systems Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Nov 1, 2018
It helps automate our storage infrastructure, but it does have its quirks

What is our primary use case?

For the amount of data storage that our engineers use, I need a big data storage grid. We use IoT, but I am unable to provide examples because of our classified environment. Our NetApp system administrators say that it runs well. It does have its quirks here and there, but it is an older NetApp system.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps automate our storage infrastructure and improve our operational efficiency.

What is most valuable?

With the amount of data storage that we use, it is helpful.

What needs improvement?

We want to move towards Azure in the cloud. Right now, the system is all physical.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Right now,…
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Enterprise Storage Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Oct 24, 2018
The speed of the disks removed the bottleneck from our storage

What is our primary use case?

Our only use case at this point is for security video for our campers' security cameras. We used to have it on individual servers, then we consolidated that into E-Series storage arrays to increase the performance of the disks behind the video. Before, it was a bottleneck to have our storage on the local disks. Now, there is no bottleneck at all with this work. It's fantastic. At the moment, we only do video. We may expand out the solution in the future.

Pros and Cons

  • The speed of the disks removed the bottleneck from our storage.
  • The only real issue that we have run into is, when we are cloning, we cannot do a thin provision clone, it has to be a full clone.

Cost and Licensing Advice

  • The price is attractive.
  • We chose NetApp because of price and performance.

What other advice do I have?

I would highly recommend this solution for video storage because of all the benefits it has given us. It gives us all the storage that we need while the performance is there. We have no bottlenecks and the price is attractive. I went to a session here where we could start doing automation with Perl scripting. It just hasn't been implemented yet. Now that we know that it is available, we might start doing that.