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NetApp FAS Series Valuable Features

GA
CEO at BDPR Technologies Limited

One of the features that are so nice and which the bank loves so much about the NetApp FAS Series is its cloning feature. You can clone a database of any size, and when you clone it, the clone itself at the time it is created only occupies a very, very small footprint on the storage. It is when you sever the clone from the main database that you'll have a larger footprint.

For example: You have a database of one terabyte, then you clone that, and it will occupy just a few gigabytes. This means you now have a clone which you can use for a number of things: reporting, backup, or anything you like. You can even use it to test a new product you are trying to bring into the market. However, the moment you sever the clone from the main database, then it becomes WORM-free terabytes on its own, so that's one advantage.

The other advantage is that when you want to do a backup no matter the size of the database, you can do a snapshot. The snapshot takes up a very tiny space on the disc. From that snapshot, you can then take your data and migrate it to a backup storage. The backup storage could be via disc storage. It could be cheap and you can migrate it without any performance implications on the production systems, and that's very, very good.

You can also do replication. You can do one-to-one replication when you have a multi storage and replicate it to under storage, which is located long distance from where you are running your production system. You can do one too many replications and that is okay. You can replicate the data, not just to another data storage, but to multiple data storages, so there's flexibility.

This solution also has deduplication capabilities, so you can compress the data and deduplicate it so that the space to occupy, or the footprint becomes smaller. 

There is a lot of data management tools today, and in the past you have to buy your data management tools separately. At present, when you buy NetApp storage, all the software tools are made available to you as a bundle, so that's another thing I like about the NetApp FAS Series.

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Temitope Oladeji - PeerSpot reviewer
NetApp Product Manager at Hiperdist Ltd

I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system. Although it has the capacity to do multiple, you have to go the route to enable that. Sometimes it isn't convenient. You rather have a system for a particular protocol and another system for other protocols, especially in a big environment like mine.

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AdrianoSimao - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Project and Infrastructure Service Manager at CEDSIF - Ministry of Finance

The replication feature is noteworthy because it's faster than most and it uses little bandwidth. Then there's the friendly interface that the equipment offers. With this interface, it is very easy to manage.

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September 2022
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Luca Raimondi - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at NUM AG

The NetApp FAS Series is useful, because it makes restoring a single file easy, but after that, nothing more. It's just a repository of the virtual machine, so I could use it or another solution, but it's reliable, e.g. it has two nodes with high availability, so this is the reason we choose to use this solution.

This solution also accelerates virtualization, but not so much, because it's not an all-flash solution. The FAS2620 is a traditional solution with some cache, so it's not so fast, but it's enough for my company. AFF is all-flash, but this solution: FAS, is not all-flash, but people like it.

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AC
Broadcast System Manager at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
  • First of all, I think it is very suitable storage for media.
  • When editing and recording at the same time, its performance is quite sufficient.
  • The fact that it is redundant for the controller provides sufficient security.
  • I can share all volumes as a single space through the FlexGroup structure.
  • You can manage departments independently by creating more than one SVM.
  • Ontap is a very stable and reliable operating system.
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SE
Principal Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The file sharing feature is most valuable.

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MohamedAmr - PeerSpot reviewer
Infra Business Development Manager at GBM

The solution has tiers inside which means we do not only need to use SSDs.

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Akram Omer - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I have found all the features useful in NetApp FAS Series.

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VF
IT Manager at a maritime company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features are the NAS features and NetApp's excellent support.

It's user-friendly, and I am happy with the dashboard, customization, and security.

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DR
Senior IT Consultant at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like it. When it is up and running, it does the job.

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PP
Head of Professional Service Department with 11-50 employees

This is a good product. I like that the NetApp FAS Series can use both SAN and NAS at the same time, and that's what most customers are looking for. Especially, the features like Metro Cluster and Snap mirror are also really good.

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RA
HPC & Cloud systems administrator at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

NetApp FAS is highly stable and reliable, especially under a heavy load. That is what I like most about the NetApp.

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ErhanEvgin - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-founder at Forest Technology

You can use different protocols at the same time. Monitoring is also very easy in NetApp FAS Series. There is a free tool for monitoring. 

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MC
CEO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution is easy to use.

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AliSalem - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineering Manager at BTC Networks

The input and output per second performance are satisfactory.

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Buyer's Guide
NetApp FAS Series
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about NetApp FAS Series. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.