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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerPath and NetApp ONTAP based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Storage Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Dell PowerPath vs. NetApp ONTAP report (Updated: September 2022).
634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"The user interface is good.""We have found the solution to be quite flexible and very scalable.""The most valuable feature of this solution is migration without disruptions."

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"The performance of the hardware is good.""From a storage standpoint, NetApp is the number one partner and the number one equipment manufacturer.""The solution is very easy to configure.""You can scale the product up or out.""The solution is certainly reliable.""The most valuable feature is the very high IOPS rating which you can achieve with it.""The MFS report is the best feature for us.""It is very easy to manage in terms of system management and GUI management."

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"The solution is quite stable, although they have not quite worked out all of the kinks.""The technical support is good but they are not available all the time.""While I utilize it for data migration, I would love to do that data migration in a GUI from an ease of use perspective."

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"The back-up side of the solution could be improved, as could the archive. We still have to rely on third-party backup programs and other archiving solutions. If it was offered by NetApp itself, it would be much better.""They need centralized controls.""I believe that the next release should be a bit cheaper.""The older UI is not ideal.""It would be nice if they make it so that one can operate the console without the need for interface-related comments.""The rate of technology could be improved.""The setup can be a bit complex, depending on the environment."

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  • "The price of the solution is fair."
  • "Pricing is good. I don't have any issues with the pricing of this solution."
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  • "The licensing prices are really high."
  • "ONTAP is expensive, but most storage systems are now-a-days and everything is included with the license - there are no additional fees."
  • "When you purchase NetApp for the first time they will provide you with the standard license, or a premium license, and even a standard bundle solution license."
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    Top Answer:Although PowerPath is very mature and has been on the market for more than 15 years there are still a lot of bugs that have been profiled with PowerPath, specifically during any OS upgrade. In certain… more »
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    Top Answer:The performance of the hardware is good.
    Top Answer:The cost is quite high. They need to work on making it a bit more affordable. We buy the equipment as a one-time purchase and then also purchase five years of support. It's a CapEx model.
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    EMC PowerPath: Host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.


    PowerPath automates data path failover and recovery to ensure applications are always available and remain operational.


    Adjust I/O paths constantly to leverage all available data paths and to monitor and rebalance the dynamic environment for the best application performance.


    Simplify and standardize data path management across heterogeneous physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments.

    NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. We provide a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. Together with our partners, we empower global organizations to unleash the full potential of their data to expand customer touchpoints, foster greater innovation and optimize their operations.

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    Sample Customers
    Healthcare Residential Service Company
    1&1 IONOS, Acıbadem Healthcare Group, Adder Technologies, Aero Vodochody Aerospace
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company26%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerPath vs. NetApp ONTAP
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerPath vs. NetApp ONTAP and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell PowerPath is ranked 3rd in Storage Software with 3 reviews while NetApp ONTAP is ranked 2nd in Storage Software with 8 reviews. Dell PowerPath is rated 8.6, while NetApp ONTAP is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Dell PowerPath writes "Really easy to set up with great functionality and flexibility". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp ONTAP writes "Fantastic performance, and reliability, as well as useful monitoring tools". Dell PowerPath is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas NetApp ONTAP is most compared with DataCore SANsymphony, Cloudian HyperStore and StorONE Storage-as-a-Service. See our Dell PowerPath vs. NetApp ONTAP report.

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