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NetApp V-Series [EOL] OverviewUNIXBusinessApplication

What is NetApp V-Series [EOL]?
NetApp V-Series storage virtualization controllers provide leading data protection, data management, and storage efficiency for your existing EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, Fujitsu, and NetApp E-Series storage arrays. Reclaim 35% or more capacity and reduce what you must spend for new disk drives to handle data growth by using NetApp storage efficiency features such as deduplication, thin provisioning, and compression. Optimize your workload performance with our broad flash portfolio.
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NetApp V-Series [EOL] Customers
City of Houston, Health Choice Network, SVC Bank, Plex Systems, Larsen & Toubro, IWD, JCVI

Archived NetApp V-Series [EOL] Reviews (more than two years old)

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Jose Manuel Sanchez Requena
Infrastructure Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Flexible, allowing us to provide NAS and SAN solutions with the same hardware

What is most valuable?

The main features of this solution are the reduction of readings (thanks to flashcache), the grouping of environments within the hardware (creation of Vservers and namespaces); and the versatility that this solution gives us to be able to move environments within it.

How has it helped my organization?

Certain of our clients carry out a lot of readings, and thanks to the flashcache these readings do not penalize on the backend. With this, we are able to contribute more IOPS with fewer disks.

What needs improvement?

According to my experience, for certain HPC environments, we encounter certain Memory/CPU limitations when we have a large number of IOPS. This is why, in order to support such loads, several cabs are required in parallel, complicating the configuration and administration.

Another handicap is the management of the LACP that, when we are talking about environments with less than 20 calculation nodes, may not balance correctly despite setting the RR option.

For how long have I used the solution?

This solution has been installed for two years, we have not had any incidents associated at the moment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, thanks to the high availability of all components, the solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No. We have done expansion, although theoretically we can expand up to eight nodes for SAN and up to 24 for NAS.

How are customer service and technical support?

They present different types of support. For serious cases they can even request remote access to the cabin. The answer, if you have alerts by auto-support, is usually quite fast.

In performance cases, they will ask for perfstat and usually they are not very fast, but the answer generally brings you some clarity.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No, the solution was built from the beginning with NetApp.

How was the initial setup?

In general, Data Ontap deployment requires technicians with an advanced NetApp profile. The solution is complex and introduces many concepts of virtualization in terms of storage and networks. The installation, in our case, was done by NetApp according to our premises.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The main advantage is the versatility of the solution, while being able to provide NAS and SAN solutions with the same hardware. In addition, it can act as a third-party disk virtualizer, and there is constant evolution of its software adapting to the new technologies. Economically, they are not especially expensive, so they represent a very good solution for projects that do not require a high end.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, given our experience, we knew it was the best choice for the project's needs.

What other advice do I have?

We are very happy with this solution as it brings us the scalability and stability of Data Ontap and the versatility of NetApp solutions in order to provide different types of services for our customers' requirements (NAS, CIFS, FC / FCoE).

Currently there are new trends in the NetApp world such as AFF and the new version of Data Ontap 9. I think they should be evaluated because they provide a number of very interesting advantages in terms of being able to attack the crude of all the backend discs from a single volume and better response times.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user722277
ICT Expert at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Connects third-party storage to back end with all NetApp functionalities available

What is most valuable?

You have the ability to connect a third-party storage back end, EMC VMAX in our case, and have all NetApp functionalities available. NAS on EMC VMAX was not possible in the past. It is nice to be able to connect to other storage and use all the NetApp functions (Snapshot, SnapClone, SnapMirror).

It was also the start of virtualization and we used V-series for ESX (Dev and Prod). Now, we have everything on FAS (NAS and SAN).

How has it helped my organization?

It enables us to protect the investment. We had existing arrays (EMC VMAX) and we reuse the free disk space, and use NetApp functionalities.

What needs improvement?

Supported back end storage is restricted to some storage from major players (HPE, EMC, IBM), so there is room for improvement in supporting more storage solutions.

For how long have I used the solution?

Five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had some performance issues. The V-series is connected back end to front end VMAX ports and you have to make sure the IOs are well balanced on each front end port. No issues on the V-series side.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Seven out of 10. Be aware that for support you are also dependent on the technical support of the back end storage. Sometimes they are not very helpful in supporting a NetApp appliance in front of their storage.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No.

How was the initial setup?

It is a bit more complex than a FAS, because there are special requirements. You need to read the implementation documentation.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Today (and this was not the case in the past), thanks to the NetApp FlexArray software, it's possible to connect FAS to third-party storage. I would advise to buying FAS and FlexArray licenses instead of V-series.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.

What other advice do I have?

FAS + FlexArray = old V-series.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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ITCS user
Product Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
For now, I will say it is still the best product
For now, I will say it is still an excellent product from NetApp which is able to provide full storage virtualization for storage arrays from EMC, HP, HDS, IBM, and Fujitsu, it also allow you to take advantage of NetApp storage efficiency, Integrated Data Protection, unified storage, and other capabilities without sacrificing the existing storage investment. The advantages from V-Series: V-Series reduces your total capacity requirement by at least 35% and typically by 50% or more using storage efficiency features such as deduplication on primary storage, thin provisioning, compression, and cloning. Integrated Data Protection (IDP) features simplify and accelerate data protection operations. Examples include NetApp Snapshot™ copies, SnapMirror® replication, SnapVault® disk-to-disk…
For now, I will say it is still an excellent product from NetApp which is able to provide full storage virtualization for storage arrays from EMC, HP, HDS, IBM, and Fujitsu, it also allow you to take advantage of NetApp storage efficiency, Integrated Data Protection, unified storage, and other capabilities without sacrificing the existing storage investment. The advantages from V-Series: V-Series reduces your total capacity requirement by at least 35% and typically by 50% or more using storage efficiency features such as deduplication on primary storage, thin provisioning, compression, and cloning. Integrated Data Protection (IDP) features simplify and accelerate data protection operations. Examples include NetApp Snapshot™ copies, SnapMirror® replication, SnapVault® disk-to-disk backup, and virtualization-aware and application-aware data protection with the SnapManager® suite. Connecting your existing storage array(s) to V-Series can provide a gateway that allows you to support all common NAS and SAN protocols including NFS, CIFS, Fibre Channel (FC), iSCSI, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). V-Series controllers are able to run clustered Data ONTAP® 8, so you can include your existing storage arrays as part of a NetApp cluster for even greater functionality. With reference to the Back to Basics: V-Series Open Storage Controllers discussion by NetApp team: http://www.netapp.com/us/communities/tech-ontap/tot-v-series-open-storage-controllers-1211.aspx
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.