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NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP Room for Improvement

JV
Infrastructure Consultant - Storage, Global Infrastructure Services at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

If they could include clustering together multiple physical Cloud Volumes ONTAP devices as an option, that could be helpful. 

The ease of data migration between devices could be improved somewhat. There is already some flexibility which is better than just migrating the data. However, that could potentially be further improved.

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JeremyHarrison - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Analyst at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees

I think this is more of a limitation of how it operates in Azure, but the solution is affected by this limitation. There's something about how the different availability zones, the different regions, operate in Azure. It's very difficult to set up complete fault tolerance using multiple CVO nodes and have one node in one region and one node in another region. This is not something that I have dug into myself. I am hearing about this from other IT nerds.

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Shricharan Ganesh - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

It definitely needs improvement with respect to clustering and with respect to more collaborative integrations with Azure. Right now, we have very limited functionalities with Azure, except for storage. If CVO could be integrated with Azure that would help. When there is any sort of maintenance happening in the cloud, it disrupts the service in Cloud Volumes ONTAP. 

If those could be rectified, that would be really good news because it would reduce the administrative overhead my team and I are facing.

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John Boncamper - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Cloud Volumes ONTAP's interface could use an overhaul. Sometimes you have to dig around in Cloud Manager a little bit to find certain things. The layout could be more intuitive. 

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AE
Lead Storage Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees

NetApp has a big problem with the HA pair model on this solution. If you want to use it with CVO, you need to run lots of tests. The problem with HA pair and CVO is that it has a huge impact on performance. We also can't use HA pairs with CVO because the cost is higher. It is really more expensive than a single node since you have to pay for the data twice, using their single-node solution with an AWS or Azure data center and causing redundant data. We have had many meetings and discussions with our NetApp account manager and their engineers about this issue since we can't have redundant data. 

Since it is too expensive, we haven't implemented the HA pair solution. Since we don't have an HA pair solution, we make the trade off of data loss. This happened once. We were lucky that we didn't lose data because we were able to recover it.

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Sandeep Gawde - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Enterprise Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The only area for improvement would be some guidance in terms of the future products that NetApp is planning on releasing. I would like to see communication around that or advice such as, "Hey, the world is moving towards this particular trend, and NetApp can help you do that." I do get promotional emails from NetApp, but customer-specific advice would be helpful, based on our use cases.

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OJ
Senior Systems Engineer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The encryption and deduplication features still have a lot of room for improvement. 

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DF
Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

I'm very happy with the solution, the only thing that needs improvement is the web services API. It could be a little bit more straightforward. That's my only issue with it. It can get pretty complex. 

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WH
Senior Systems Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

They definitely need to stay more on top of security vulnerabilities. Our security team is constantly finding Java vulnerabilities and SQL vulnerabilities. Our security team always wants the latest security update, and it takes a while for NetApp to stay up to speed with that. That would be my biggest complaint.

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LP
Technology Advisor Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We have customers that are still using IBM mainframes and that very old SNA architecture from IBM. There are questions about how you interconnect the data on the mainframe side. Those requirements are just for our big customers. We have one, here in Brazil, that is very big that uses a lot of mainframe storage. But I don't know if it's worth it for NetApp to invest in developing products to include mainframes for a few customers.

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CB
Enterprise Architect - Office of the CTO at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

Something we would like to see is the ability to better manage the setup and tie it to our configuration management database. We manage our whole IT infrastructure out of that database.

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Ameet Bakshi - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant VP at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The only issue I can think of is metrics, but I think they have improved that in the newer versions already. There should be an easy place to see all your metrics.

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Sergio Simao - PeerSpot reviewer
Analista de Storage at Columbia Storage

I would like to see more information about Cloud Volumes ONTAP using Google Cloud Platform on NetApp's website.

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