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2019-09-15T16:43:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering NetApp Snapshot?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering NetApp Snapshot, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with the company. A lot of our data protection strategy is still centered around NetApp. We will be, over the next three years, migrating to a more cloud-enabled strategy that will still be centered around Netapp technology. We looked at all on-prem, cloud as much as possible, and a couple of points in between, but the problem with migrating from on-prem to cloud is that we were going to have to lift and shift a serious amount of data from the data center to the cloud. If you account for ingress fees and all those sorts of things, that's just part of the cost of doing that kind of business, but data availability would have been grossly impacted, and we don't have enough of a downtime window anywhere in our scheduling to effectively do that. What we elected to do was go all on-prem, one more round. Then we can figure out how to break the data transition to the cloud into smaller chunks. I bought five years of support for all my SSD-related hardware. I only bought three years for all my spinning disks. The plan is in the next three years to eliminate the need for spinning disks, but this buys me three years to move stuff to the cloud in a piecemeal fashion rather than trying to do it in a 'big bang'. I'm a big fan of NetApp. I'm not saying that they're the only storage vendor I would ever do business with. The days of the data center having one of anything are kind of passing us by. In the modern data center, we're going to end up with tiered everything. You'll have multiple public clouds. You'll have a private cloud. You'll have multiple providers for storage, multiple providers for compute. And essentially what we all end up with eventually is a data center where if somebody wants to spin up a server, they pick items à la carte off a menu with a price at the bottom of the screen and say, "Okay, I can live with that." The challenge will be to provide that level of service without incurring tremendous administrative overhead. The Snapshot technology rides along with the management interface on the controllers. I'm using 9.3, and the latest is 9.6. When we bring the new hardware in January, we will immediately follow it with an upgrade project. There are some new features that they've enabled that we can take advantage of. I'm not currently in a position to talk about what all of those are. I've done some reading and pretty much said, "Huh, that'll be cool one day," and then discarded it from my mind. We have implementation partners who will help with "Here's what makes sense for you." I'm looking forward to getting there, however, we're a couple of versions behind. They're pretty good at knowing what their marketplace is looking for. They are probably the most technologically proficient in the storage arena. There are other niche players that do one thing very well, and they might do it better than NetApp, however, when you look at storage as a whole, Netapp really stands out. It is the center of my IT universe. Everything else is helped out from it. I've got hosts that boot to it. I've got most of our VMs in NetApp volumes. If it is not in HCI, it's in the NetApp and that's probably 85% of our storage. It's significant. Between data and backup, I've got about a petabyte and a half. I'd rate it at a nine out of ten because of the searchability issue, and as I've said, NetApp may have a solution for that in a software package that I do not own. In the course of doing my job, I never have to sit there and worry about whether the storage technology is working right or not. It just does what it needs to do, and gives me the ability to focus on other things.

2020-12-20T08:03:32Z
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NetApp Snapshot is a product that we depend on and I recommend. It has helped us in the case of installations and other issues. Our main complaints are about the dashboard and configuration options. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-02-16T08:27:47Z
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My advice to people who are considering NetApp as a solution is that rather than just looking at the solution and what it does, they should look at it in relation to their business requirements. I believe that the sophistication of Snapshot is not necessary for every company because of what you have to pay for it. Any company that needs to make backups can use the products from any vendor who sells a product in this category because the product is going to make the backups. The advantage you have with Snapshot, in addition, is to have the availability to make very quick backups. So even if you do not want to use the resources to backup data by uploading it to separate storage, your backup is still available for you intact within NetApp, and you can then do the uploading. So that is a very good feature. No doubt about that. But this idea of evaluating need applies to all companies with respect to what they are doing. They need to consider which product fits them. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this NetApp Snapshot product as a ten-out-of-ten. In the case of Snapshot, you can quickly grasp how to use something within a minute by reading the documentation. Instantly, after you start using it, the process always becomes ingrained in your brain. The software is so well developed and mature that the processes are not changing often. To the best of my knowledge as someone who is using NetApp for 14 years, it is an important thing to have the processes in the application as well-thought-out and stable. Although there have been improvements over time, NetApp is a very stable application that is easy to stay familiar with. In fact, it may not be the application that needs to change so much as the clients using it. They may need to get some storage devices replaced because of the Snapshot features are so robust. That is also how NetApp gained ground in the market with that particular app: by being the leader.

2020-02-06T11:37:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We use a hybrid deployment model. If you do have a storage device, I would strongly recommend that you implement it, especially with the ransomware that's going around. It offers quick recoveries for users, especially on file servers. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

2019-11-13T05:29:00Z
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Our license is coming to an end shortly, at the end of the year, and we will lose the warranty so we're planning on implementing a replacement. We need to get proposals for the new NetApp or new Dell and see who is the winner. Dell has come up with other features, so there's a lot going on now. I would rate this product 10 out of 10.

2019-10-27T06:19:00Z
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We're using the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend the solution. I'd rate it nine out of ten.

2019-10-15T05:02:00Z
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If I have to rate this solution out of ten, I will give it a ten. It is a very good product and in the next version the developers can perhaps work on more automation.

2019-10-03T07:51:00Z
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We are using the private cloud deployment model. We just upgraded to the latest version of the solution. I would rate the solution eight out of ten.

2019-09-23T06:33:00Z
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I'm quite happy with the solution and the integration it has with other products. I would recommend it to someone considering it. I would rate it with a nine out of ten. Not a perfect ten because there is one point off to give it room for improvement.

2019-09-22T06:41:00Z
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Top 5Real User

This is a very good storage solution, but it is not extraordinary. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-09-15T16:43:00Z
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On a scale from one to ten, with one being the worst and ten being the best, I would rate NetApp's Snapshot as a six or seven. The problem with offering advice about this product is that it is just a component of a system. It is almost like somebody is asking you about how skilled you are with computers. If you think that skill with computers means you can push a button and something happens, you may be very skilled pushing that one button, but the skill is just pushing a button. You can press it or not. But if you have a whole keyboard, you won't press only one button. You buy the keyboard and use the whole keyboard. Some buttons will be pressed more frequently than other buttons. But you can not have a keyboard with half of the buttons or can't use a keyboard that is missing the one button you know how to use. On a keyboard, you can not say one button is more useful than another one. A keyboard is a whole thing. The NetApp solution is not just the Snapshot solution. This is a small part of the storage system. It is very useful — just excellent — but you can not use it without storage and other parts. You need the whole solution. It would be like buying a wheel without the car. You should not pay for something you can't use or have no need for in the first place. I can answer generally about the NetApp system, and I think it is a seven.

2019-09-15T16:43:00Z
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