If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Azure NetApp Files, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would recommend having a look at NetApp. We tried it and were ecstatic about it, so we found our solution. When we tried Azure NetApp Files, it was like, "Wow." So, we went for it. It has literally given me peace of mind. I invested a lot of brain energy last year prior to finding NetApp and identifying the right solution for us. Since then, I've forgot about this topic. I literally don't care about it anymore, as it has been working well and was the perfect fit. I didn't even look around. I would rate the solution as a nine (out of 10).
My advice that I would give a colleague or a friend in regard to Azure NetApp Files is definitely to look at NetApp. NetApp has a really good cloud strategy. We have other partners at our organization and we feel NetApp has the best approach.
My advice for anybody who is researching this solution is that it's a good opportunity for companies to save time on operations. Definitely, I would recommend Azure NetApp Files over AWS because I have seen more of them, and I prefer NetApp. We have built a lot of functionality ourselves in the form of traditional, homegrown scripts. Even though the snapshot capability was not there, we had the ability to do it using scripts. It was easier, I would say. AWS has been there for a very long time so it has that benefit. It's more mature than Microsoft Azure NetApp Files, but personally, as Microsoft users, we recommend this solution. This is a good product, but they have a couple of key elements in the works that need to be delivered within the next one or two quarters. At this time, I would rate this solution a six out of ten.
Using Azure NetApp Files got us out of a really difficult situation quickly, effectively, and at a reasonable cost. My advice to anybody who is researching this solution is to definitely try it out. Benchmark it against their existing solution to see if it can improve their throughput. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
The solution is solid. It works as designed. You get better performance and it is easy to use. It's a solid product. We are using the same applications and not doing anything new. However, we are thinking about it. I would rate it an eight (out of 10).
I recommend Azure NetApp Files. This solution just fits our needs, and I would rate it a ten out of ten.