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NetApp OnCommand is the #5 ranked solution in top Storage Management tools. PeerSpot users give NetApp OnCommand an average rating of 7.0 out of 10. NetApp OnCommand is most commonly compared to NetApp OnCommand Insight: NetApp OnCommand vs NetApp OnCommand Insight. NetApp OnCommand is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 70% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 21% of all views.
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What is NetApp OnCommand?

NetApp OnCommand data management software allows you to gain a new level of control over your shared storage infrastructure, and gives you the visibility you need to achieve common data management across resources in the Data Fabric.

This suite of industry-leading management products unleashes the power of the ONTAP software, to help maximize system utilization, meet storage SLAs, minimize risks, and boost performance. Use the OnCommand portfolio’s intuitive graphical user interfaces, automation, and integration to simplify data management of your on-premises and hybrid cloud environments.

NetApp OnCommand was previously known as NetApp Operations Manager, NetApp SANscreen.

NetApp OnCommand Customers

Norfolk County Council, Yahoo Japan, Sheridan College, Citrix Systems, Avanade, Quasar Data Center, DG Khan Cement Co. Ltd.

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Pavan Kumar Mateti - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at SCO`Scope Consulting Private Limited
Real User
Provides monitoring and data protection features but lacks cluster and storage management
Pros and Cons
  • "In OnCommand Unified Manager, we can monitor the entire cluster as well as configure data protection through Unified Manager."
  • "At present, OnCommand Unified Manager has just the monitoring and data protection features. It would be better to add some features for entire cluster management and storage management. Automation should also be included so that instead of separately accessing Unified Manager and OnCommand Workflow Automation, we can work in a single window. It is very much required."

What is most valuable?

In OnCommand Unified Manager, we can monitor the entire cluster as well as configure data protection through Unified Manager. 

What needs improvement?

At present, OnCommand Unified Manager has just the monitoring and data protection features. It would be better to add some features for entire cluster management and storage management. 

Automation should also be included so that instead of separately accessing Unified Manager and OnCommand Workflow Automation, we can work in a single window. It is very much required.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working on different NetApp OnCommand products for around 13 years. 

NetApp OnCommand is actually a suite containing different products. Each NetApp OnCommand product contains different features. OnCommand Workflow Automation is about automation. OnCommand Unified Manager is the main product in NetApp OnCommand.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

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What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

Their technical support is very strong. They respond immediately. An auto ticket is generated, and accordingly, they respond. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When we compare with other similar kinds of products from Dell EMC and HP, the price of NetApp OnCommand is reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten. They need to add the OnCommand Workflow Automation feature, performance feature, and storage management feature in OnCommand Unified Manager.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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it_user396531 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Adminstrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
The system manager helps us to manage our NetApp server with a user-friendly GUI instead of a CLI. It needs improvements with storage provisioning and disk aggregate management.

Valuable Features:

The most valuable feature is the system manager itself. The system manager helps us to manage our NetApp server with a user-friendly GUI instead of a CLI, but sometimes we also need to use the CLI, because some features are not available in the GUI. Most often, we use it to create aggregates, storage virtual machines, volumes, shares (like CIFS and NFS), and also to present disks (from NetApp) on some other physical or virtual machine to perform several tests.

On the other hand, the GUI gives us fast (simple) configurations, simplified management, extensive administrative capabilities, unlocking the power of clustered Data ONTAP and also clustered scale-out storage.

Room for Improvement:

There are always areas for improvement, but they need - 

  • Intuitive browser-based GUI;
  • Wizard-driven configuration to get up and running quickly;
  • Automated non-disruptive (Data ONTAP) upgrade;
  • Storage provisioning and disk aggregate management;
  • CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, FC, and FCoE configuration;
  • Snapshot and SnapMirror management;
  • SnapVault support;
  • Storage virtual machine management;
  • Monitoring of HA pairs;
  • Support for SVMs with Infinite Volume;
  • User interface enhancements;
  • Support for storage Quality of Service (QoS);
  • Support for all NetApp FAS systems and FlexArray software;
  • Support for NetApp All Flash FAS; and
  • Built-in reports and dashboard summarizing data around inventory, capacity, and efficiency at the enterprise level.

It would be great if the GUI can perform the same configurations as the CLI can, but we know this is difficult to implement. For example, it would be nice if there could be an option (after ONTAP installation/configuration) to manually deal with root aggregates (of course with needed restrictions). In some cases, you need to modify its size if your storage is full or something, and of course if root aggregate has some free space (in our test cases we always had). 

Also, we are missing more graphical diagrams, maybe warnings or some help that can be useful to manage with NetApp more easily (in cases when you are not really sure if something could go wrong).

Deployment Issues:

We haven't had issues with deployment.

Stability Issues:

We haven't had issues with stability.

Scalability Issues:

We haven't had issues with scalability.

Other Solutions Considered:

We currently don't have flash arrays at our company, but we are very interested in how can flash arrays deal with our challenges to get the best results. With a purpose-built flash architecture, we can fundamentally change the way we approach storage. The nature of flash storage allows for much faster data transfer rates as compared to traditional spinning disks.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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