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Azure NetApp Files vs. Cisco CloudCenter
July 2022
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Pros
"It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue.""Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment.""Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late.""Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc."

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"Since we have NetApp's internally, we use the SnapMirror predominantly for this process in the cloud which is beneficial.""Azure NetApp Files has been stable.""This solution definitely makes us more efficient in being able to provide storage quickly to our customers in the Azure Cloud.""Its security and ease of use are most valuable.""You can change it non-disruptively. You can increase the size and decrease the size online, which is a huge benefit compared to Azure disks. It just works seamlessly. You don't need to stop the instances.""It's elastic, so it scales with our demands. We can start small, then with the addition of customer loads, we can expand on-the-fly without the need to reprovision something."

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"Cisco has a lot of published information and documentation that helps users understand the product and its offering very well.""You can scale it easily."

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Cons
"Their pricing model needs improvement.""In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial.""There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way.""When I did need support because I was having problems with the solution, the first or the second line just didn't understand it. They were providing this only on a software as a service basis. So, they were asking all the wrong questions."

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"The pricing definitely needs to be improved.""Reserved Instances for Azure NetApp Files would improve more use cases, making them more valuable in Azure as the cost would be reduced.""The main hurdle in promoting this solution is the price. Its price definitely requires an improvement. It is more expensive than other options, so customers go for a cheaper option.""Azure NetApp Files could improve by being more diverse to integrate better with other solutions, such as Splunk and the on-premise version. There are some use cases that are not covered natively by Azure. It is not the best solution because it is not external from the cloud which for me is the best type of solution.""I have a hunch that storage could be now the most expensive portion of our monthly bill. So I can imagine that, not this year, but next year we will be talking about looking deeper into ways how we can optimize the cost.""We were looking for a clustered solution that has over-complicated things because we had it in AWS, which is Amazon. There was a solution for clustered NetApp. That meant there would be two NetApps that were not clustered because there was no solution for a cluster. We would like there to be an HA cluster solution."

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"They can add some of those features to make the platform more usable for different backgrounds and developer skills.""For many clients, the main problem with the solution is the price. Cisco is very expensive. If they could somehow make the pricing more competitive, that would be a big draw."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing model could be improved. We love that you can use it for free for looking at NetApp products. You only need licenses to look at non-NetApp products, but as soon as you do that, you start utilizing licenses that actually would have been free in the public. So, there is a bit of an anomaly in the licensing model."
  • "Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
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  • "It is expensive in small environments, which could be better. The reason is the four terabyte minimum. A one terabyte minimum would be better."
  • "We are currently on a pay-as-you-go model with the storage that we use."
  • "Its price is double the price of the premium disks, which is the main reason why customers don't go for this solution in the end."
  • "The price of Azure NetApp Files could be better."
  • "NetApp is a premium offering, so it's not a cheap product, but it is well-priced. It combines a couple of properties which customers like us are willing to pay. Could it be cheaper? Yes, but if you combine fully supported, fully managed, easily provisioned, scalable, and quick all in one product, it's a good selling point. You can ask a lot of money for all these. If you have a use case like we do, it's a perfect match. It's like the Porsche of storage solutions in the cloud. It is totally worth the cost."
  • "This solution is very expensive compared to the alternatives."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time… more »
    Top Answer:Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an… more »
    Top Answer:As I went through learning the querying, it could have been a little more intuitive. I'm still fresh into the system. In… more »
    Top Answer:Azure NetApp Files is a Microsoft Azure file storage service built on NetApp technology. The platform combines the file… more »
    Top Answer:You can change it non-disruptively. You can increase the size and decrease the size online, which is a huge benefit… more »
    Top Answer:It is expensive in small environments, which could be better. The reason is the four terabyte minimum. A one terabyte… more »
    Top Answer:Cisco has a lot of published information and documentation that helps users understand the product and its offering very… more »
    Top Answer:Due to the branding reputation and field experience, the customers in our country are very confident about the Cisco… more »
    Top Answer:We're an implementor, and therefore we deploy this solution for our clients. As a use case example, one client is a… more »
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    Also Known As
    NetApp ANF, ANF
    CliQr, CliQr CloudCenter
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    Overview

    NetApp Cloud Insights is an infrastructure monitoring tool that gives you visibility into your complete infrastructure. With Cloud Insights, you can monitor, troubleshoot and optimize all your resources including your public clouds and your private data centers.

    Extreme File Performance
    Azure NetApp Files allows you to target any of your business-critical file workloads with extreme file throughput with sub-millisecond response times.With three service levels you can change on-the-fly, you get the performance that’s best suited to the application.

    Simple, Seamless Experience
    A seamless Azure experience for your file services workloads. You can deploy and manage Azure NetApp Files directory from the Azure Portal or automate using the Azure API or CLI integration.

    Secure Your Data
    Built-in capabilities ensure your data is protected at all times in Azure: from always-on encryption to point-in-time data copies (without added capacity costs). And with Microsoft‘s world class support, you can rest assured that you‘re in good hands with Azure.

    The Cisco CloudCenter solution is an application-centric hybrid cloud management platform that securely provisions infrastructure resources and deploys applications to data center, private cloud, and public cloud environments.

    With Cisco CloudCenter breakthrough application-centric technology, users
    can:

    • Model: Quickly and easily build a cloud-independent application profile that defines the deployment and management requirements of an entire application stack.
    • Deploy: Use one click to deploy the application profile and related components and data to any data center or cloud environment.
    • Manage: Apply a wide range of application lifecycle actions to set policies to enable in-place scaling, support cross-environment bursting or high availability and disaster recovery, and stop the deployment.
    Offer
    Remotely Monitor and Optimize Your IT Operations

    Monitor and optimize all your organization's infrastructure even while working from home. Sign up for the 30-day trial to see how NetApp Cloud Insights helps to maintain availability, optimize cloud spend, and identify data security threats.

    Run your most demanding Linux and Windows file workloads in Azure

    Running performance-intensive and latency-sensitive file workloads in the cloud can be hard. Use Azure NetApp Files to migrate and run complex, file-based applications and simplify storage management.

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    Sample Customers
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    SAP, Restaurant Magic
    NTT, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), CollabNet, Pratt & Miller, PZFlex
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government7%
    REVIEWERS
    Retailer22%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider40%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government5%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise73%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise79%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure NetApp Files vs. Cisco CloudCenter
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure NetApp Files vs. Cisco CloudCenter and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Azure NetApp Files is ranked 3rd in Cloud Migration with 6 reviews while Cisco CloudCenter is ranked 8th in Cloud Migration with 2 reviews. Azure NetApp Files is rated 8.6, while Cisco CloudCenter is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Azure NetApp Files writes "We can expand our storage on-the-fly without the need to reprovision". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco CloudCenter writes "Easy to add nodes, offers helpful support and builds good workflows". Azure NetApp Files is most compared with NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Microsoft Azure File Storage, Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Microsoft Azure Block Storage and Wasabi, whereas Cisco CloudCenter is most compared with Cisco Intersight, IBM Turbonomic, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) and Cisco UCS Director. See our Azure NetApp Files vs. Cisco CloudCenter report.

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