2018-10-23T08:13:00Z

What do you like most about NetApp ONTAP?


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Top 10LeaderboardReal User

The product allowsfor the centralization of large environments.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The product is stable, easy to deploy and it just works.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardConsultant

Vauable features include the ability to manage our data anywhere, multiple consumption modes, and
rapid deployment.

2019-01-14T13:16:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
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Real User

ONTAP has improved my organization by lowering budget costs. Deduplication, compression, compaction, SnapMirror, SnapWall, the transaction happens from one to the other.

It's serving our needs just as expected.

2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
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Top 20Real User

ONTAP has really reduced our costs because we learned that we could use our storage with fewer machines and drive down data center costs.

2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I would rate this solution a ten because of what NetApp provides us from a quality layout. The partnership that they provide us and their assistance is very important and the work that they communicate with us on a regular basis is outstanding.

2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
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Real User

Scalability is perfectly fine. Right now I only have the two nodes and one shelf. I'll be able to easily upgrade additional shelves. They gave me plenty of cabling when I got the unit so all I have to do is disconnect and reconnect the cabling and that's it.

2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The stability of our ONTAP system has been awesome over the last four to five years, particularly with the software. The controls have been excellent as well. We recently went through a view of all of our systems and found a number of them had been up, over three years without any sort of reboots or downtime. We have been very happy with the stability of the systems.

2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
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Real User

We've seen return on investment for ONTAP specifically on the performance recently. Where we had our file storage solution sitting on a hybrid storage solution and we were having continuous performance issues, as our workloads went up we were able to put in an 8300 all-flash array. Since we've put that in, we've been under one-millisecond latency, and that's allowed us to not have delays in some of our EDI transactions. Our end customer integrates and interfaces with that technology. Fewer outages equal more business, more profit, more revenue, and immediate ROI. We've been really happy with the new All Flash hardware solutions.

2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
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Real User

When it accesses regular files, it does so as an NFS workload, which retrieves data quickly.

2018-12-11T08:31:00Z
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Real User

It most valuable feature is its stability. A product has to be stable.

2018-12-11T08:31:00Z
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Real User

Queries are being completed in less time. For example, we have seen a three times improvement when it comes to running a query. If query used to take an hour, now it takes 10 to 20 minutes.

2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
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Vendor

If you lose connectivity, it has one-sided redundant connectivity on the back-end for shelves, which is good.

2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
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Real User

It's much easier and faster to deploy our storage with ONTAP than some of the other solutions that we have.

2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
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Real User

You can scale it however you want, depending on your data center footprint.

2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
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Vendor

SnapMirror is a good solution, because we can take our production data and replicate it over to our DR data center with minimal administrative effort, which is huge.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Real User

It's very fast, NetApp is always dependable, so if we have an issue, they're very responsive.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Real User

We have been using it for our entire environment, so we use it in file shares and in our VDI environment, at least for user data. That has reduced our user login times by about 50 percent.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Real User

My experience with NetApp is its very easy to learn and intuitive. I can figure out just about everything.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It has multiple uses. It does everything in one box.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Top 20Real User

They always have new solutions for their customers. They also have good integration with other partners like Microsoft, VMware, and Oracle.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Real User

It has been very stable. We haven't had a significant outage.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

You can add storage capacity on the fly with Clustered ONTAP. You can add nodes and increase the entire horsepower of ONTAP.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

Previously we didn't have DR, but ever since we purchased the NetApp server, we are able to use Snap Mirror and then create DR scenarios, so that's been a huge benefit.
This solution has helped reduce the overall cost of storage space in our organization by allowing us to use one data center, instead of two, and then allowing us to replicate the data; so that saves us money to buy more storage.
We have been able to save space by using this solution.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

It is very easy to scale, so we started with a four-node cluster and added it to a six-node cluster. We've also done some other modifications in between.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

We are able to minimize the storage hardware. The compression and deduplication have helped reduce our overall cost of storage.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

One of the things I find most valuable is the way they do the Snapshots, taking incrementals at points in time... Often someone will say, "Hey, I deleted this thing yesterday, can you get this back for me?" It's good that we have all those incremental Snapshots at different points in time that we can refer back to, to get them whatever they need.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

It is easy to migrate data from one storage array to another storage array using SnapMirror technologies.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable feature is the throughput. You tend to get to your data very quickly. That's why we decided, eventually, to move into NetApp, because of the speed. Also, as a support engineer, this solution is easy to use, compared with SAN storage.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

It gives us a location to store data across multiple mount points.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

We use NetApp for its capacity, mid-range performance in the management stack, and its features set are unparalleled.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Top 20Real User

With the NetApp Data ONTAP Cluster, we get some features that are particularly helpful. For example, we can always add to and remove nodes from the cluster. The ability to move volumes online from the storage side, from one aggregate to another aggregate, or from one node to another node, keeps up the performance which helps us a lot.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable feature of the solution is to be able to do multiple clusters on one pane of glass. We used to have to log on to each cluster per NetApp to view statistics on it or the logs if something was wrong. But now we can use ONTAP to view all the clusters and it shows us if something is full of space or not.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

Today, because NetApp listened to their customers and improved their GUI, we can perform a firmware upgrade within minutes.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

The deduplication is valuable.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are going the direction of automation in the cloud. It has flexibility and supportability around NetApp solutions and products.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

It's easy to failover and failback

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

If we want to change things in models, such as add, replace, and adjust to another client, it is very easy.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

The product is good at deduplication. Also, the new automation feature is good, as it saves us a lot of time.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Consultant

We are saving more disk space which saves us more money.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

The technical support is great. It's the best I've ever encountered. I can email and have everything resolved at three in the morning within half an hour. I have had some late night calls to their guys techs, and it's been phenomenal.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

The initial setup was straightforward. It came in a box ready to go.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Vendor

The cluster version is flexible and easy to use.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It's more intuitive to use as they are moving away from command line into more graphical interfaces, which are somewhat easier to use.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

It is able to store a lot of data, and we can manage it with fewer people.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Its usability, scalability, and dependability are very good.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

We use a lot of SnapVault and SnapMirror features for disaster recovery and daily backups to meet SLAs.

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Real User

The scalability is very good. It enables us to use different product lines within the same operating system.

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Real User

Scalability is good. Now that we have the ability to add more nodes to the cluster, it's better. It allows us to grill our clusters allowing them to be larger and faster, without having to buy a whole new system.

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Clustered ONTAP makes it very easy to manage large amounts of data, measured in petabytes. One person can manage all that.

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Vendor

The initial setup and deployment were straightforward

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Real User

I love the replication technologies which keep a customer out of risk. At any time, we can do a seamless failover/failback, and have the latest data on it. The SnapVault is another excellent feature. It's used for remote disk-based backups so we don't need to depend on tape backups with their long restore times.

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable features are the data deduplication, the inline compression/compaction, and the encryption as well, the security aspect of it.

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It has the ability to bring up disaster recovery quickly.

2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
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Real User

We have been able to save about 10 to 15% on space using the space consumption features.

2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
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Real User

Efficiencies such as Flash Cache and Flash Pool allow us to make better use of slower, cheaper storage and have some faster storage sitting up front taking a lot of the caching and the reading. The way that has been optimized for the NetApp platform is better than the competitors. It has reduced our cost of storage because we're buying cheaper storage for the bulk capacity, which is really effective.

2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
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