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2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What do you like most about NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP?

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What do you like most about NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP?

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JeremyHarrison - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Analyst at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-11-02T06:18:00Z
02 November 20

We're able to use the SnapMirror function and SnapMirror data from our on-prem environment into Azure. That is super-helpful. SnapMirror allows you to take data that exists on one NetApp, on a physical NetApp storage platform, and copy it over to another NetApp storage platform. It's a solid, proven technology, so we don't worry about whether data is getting lost or corrupted during the SnapMirror.

Shricharan Ganesh - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Architect at Hexaware Technologies
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-10-29T10:12:00Z
29 October 20

The storage tiering is definitely the most valuable feature... With respect to tiering, the inactive data is pushed to a lower tier where the storage cost is cheap, but the access cost is high.

DF
Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-10-22T05:36:00Z
22 October 20

Lastly, the API and web services are fairly good. That is an important feature too. We write some code to do different things. We have code that runs to make sure that everything is being backed up as we say it is and we try to also detect places where we may have missed a backup.

JV
Infrastructure Consultant - Storage, Global Infrastructure Services at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
Top 10
2020-10-11T08:58:00Z
11 October 20

With NetApp, you can integrate malware scanning or malware protection. This is something valuable that is not offered in SaaS solutions typically.

Sakthivel.Subbarayan - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Analyst at Baxter International Inc.
Real User
2020-07-09T06:27:00Z
09 July 20

There is unified storage, which provides flexibility. It is set up perfectly for performance and provisioning. We are able to monitor everything using a separate application. It provides error and critical warnings that allow us to take immediate action through ONTAP. We are able to manage everything, log a case, and follow up with the support team, who can fix it. That is how it is unified.

Amarjeet Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Architect at IBM
Real User
2020-07-05T09:38:00Z
05 July 20

The feature which I like the most is that it has the capabilities that the traditional storage system offers. It provides all the functionality. The deduplication and compression work exactly like ONTAP's traditional storage. So people who have experience with that find it very easy to manage.

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Parag Veerkar - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Architect (Hybrid Cloud Hosting) at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-07-05T09:38:00Z
05 July 20

Its features help us to have a backup of our volumes using the native technology of NetApp ONTAP. That way, we don't have to invest in other solutions for our backup requirement. Also, it helps us to replicate the data to another geographic location so that helps us to save on the costs of backup products.

RR
Lead Engineer Architecture & Engineering Services at Wolters Kluwer
Real User
2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
02 July 20

If you have a larger amount of data than normal in cloud, it is easy to provision and maintain. Waiting for the delivery of the controller, the configuration of enclosures, etc., all this stuff is eliminated compared to using on-premise.

NM
Sr. Systems Architect at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
02 July 20

The most valuable features are tiering to S3 and
being able to turn it on and off, based on a schedule.

NG
Storage Engineer at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
02 July 20

One of the most valuable features is its similarity to the physical app, which makes it familiar. It's almost identical to a real NetApp, which means you can run all of the associated NetApp processes and services with it. Otherwise, we would definitely have to deploy some hardware on a site somewhere, which could be a challenge in terms of CapEx.

DJ
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
05 November 19

The solution’s unified file and block-storage access across our infrastructure is invaluable. Without it, we can't do what we do.

JC
Pre-sales SE at ePlus Technology
MSP
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
05 November 19

The stability has been really good.

TzvikaKlinger - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at Poria
Real User
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
05 November 19

The initial setup was straightforward. We started with a small pilot and we then moved to production with no downtime at all.

OJ
Senior Systems Engineer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Real User
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
05 November 19

We are definitely in the process of reducing our footprint on our secondary data center and all those snapshots technically reduce tape backup. That's from the protection perspective, but as far as files, it's much easier to use and manage and it's faster, too.

JG
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
05 November 19

The most valuable features of this solution are SnapShot, FlexClone, and deduplication.

TL
Cloud Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
MSP
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
05 November 19

This solution has helped us because it is easy to use.

Ed Alexander - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Administrator at Red Hat
Real User
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
05 November 19

This solution has made everything easier to do.

PrakashKanniayan - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Systems Engineer at Ucare
Real User
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
05 November 19

The most valuable feature of this solution is that it makes our data readily available and we don't have to go through a lot of trouble to access it.

AS
Storage Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
05 November 19

Multiprotocol is the most valuable because Amazon was not able to provide us with access to the same data from Linux and from Windows clients. That was our value proposition for CVO, Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

AB
Storage Admin at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
05 November 19

ONTAP's snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are pretty useful in recovering your data from a time in a snapshot. That's pretty useful for when you have an event where a disaster struck and then you need to recover all your data. It's pretty helpful and pretty fast in those terms.

AbnerCordova - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
05 November 19

Replication to the cloud is the most valuable feature. Deduplication and compression are also very important to us. We are in the process of adopting to the cloud. We are going to AWS and we are trying to do a safety technician call out with integration to the cloud. NetApp allows us to move some of the volume to the cloud, at the same time that we continue providing the cloud services that we have on premises.

GeorgeLavrov - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at I.T. Blueprint
Consultant
2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
05 November 19

The fast recovery time objective with the ability to bring the environment back to production in case something happens.

BF
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
05 November 19

It gives a solution for storage one place to go across everything. So, the customer is very familiar with NetApp on-prem. It allows them to gain access to the file piece. It helps them with the training aspect of it, so they don't have to relearn something new. They already know this product. They just have to learn some widgets or what it's like in the cloud to operate and deploy it in different ways.

CA
Sr Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
05 November 19

The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are the best thing since sliced bread. Rollback is super easy. It's just simple, and it works. It's very efficient.

RazvanOprea - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Storage Engineer at Ripe NCc
Real User
2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
05 November 19

For us, the value comes from the solution's flexibility, speed, and hopefully cost savings in the long term.

PR
Storage Architect at NIH
Real User
2019-10-29T09:20:00Z
29 October 19

The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are good. Snapshot copies are pretty much the write-in time data backups. Obviously, critical data is snapshotted a lot more frequently, and even clients and end users find it easier to restore whatever they need if it's file-based, statical, etc.

John Hegyi - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Storage Engineer at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-07-23T14:14:00Z
23 July 19

Unified Manager, System Manager, and Cloud Manager are all GUI-based. It's easy for somebody who has not been exposed to this for years to pick it up and work with it.

Christian Gruetzner - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Architecture at All for One Group AG
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2019-07-18T11:31:00Z
18 July 19

NetApp's Cloud Manager automation capabilities are very good because it's REST-API-driven, so we can completely automate everything. It has a good overview if you want to just have a look into your environment as well.

YM
Senior Manager, IT CloudX at Mellanox Technologies
Real User
2019-07-14T10:21:00Z
14 July 19

We're using snapshots as well and it's a pretty useful feature. That is one of the main NetApp benefits. Knowing how to use snapshots in the on-prem environment, using snapshots on the cloud solution was natural for us.

Eyal Shimony - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-07-02T11:47:00Z
02 July 19

The FlexClones make all the management easier for us.

Fran Maita - PeerSpot reviewer
Analyst at 1980
Real User
Leaderboard
2019-01-14T13:16:00Z
14 January 19

Its functionality and technical support are adequate to help prevent failure due to errors.

Matt Ebert - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Supervisor at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
19 December 18

ONTAP has been very stable for us, specifically in the cloud environment. It allows us to have high availability as well as standalone systems if that's what we want within our specific workloads. Also, on-premise has been a very stable environment. We have very few outages and when we do, we work with support to get systems back online in a timely manner.

PP
Senior System Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-12-11T08:30:00Z
11 December 18

If anything happens, their technical support will come onsite and fix it.

MA
AWS Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-12-11T08:30:00Z
11 December 18

The most valuable feature is the ease of file storage.

RT
Lead Storage Operations at Autodesk, Inc.
Real User
2018-12-10T10:15:00Z
10 December 18

If you have a fair amount of experience with NetApp, you can work on it very easily.

Asim Masood - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Applications at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
Real User
2018-12-05T07:52:00Z
05 December 18

SnapMirror helps mirror metadata and data volumes between endpoints in a data fabric.

KR
Systems Programmer at a university with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
24 October 18

The ability for our users to restore data from the Snapshots is very valuable.

Related Questions
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 14, 2022
How do you or your organization use this solution? Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences. Thank you!
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Eyal Shimony - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
02 July 19
Our primary usage is as a repository for the application servers. It's mostly for NFS, with very good replication options and backup features. There are also tools that we need to put there and replicate between our on-prem and AWS locations.
YM
Senior Manager, IT CloudX at Mellanox Technologies
14 July 19
We are using it for storing files, to get high-performance access to files. We are also using NetApp for DR. We copy the information to the same system in other regions.
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Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
2 out of 21 answers
Eyal Shimony - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
02 July 19
We've been working with NetApp on pricing. They allow a special price if you are working closely with them. Since we have a lot of NetApp systems, we got some kind of discount. That's something they do for other customers, not just for us. The price was fair. In addition to the licensing fees, you're paying Amazon for your usage, the instances, the storage. It's using EBS drives or S3 buckets. So there are all the Amazon fees that you usually have. But overall, we compared the price we have with NetApp and the price for going with DFS and there was a difference, but it was worth the performance, stability, and to have the capabilities NetApp has for doing backups. All these features are covered.
YM
Senior Manager, IT CloudX at Mellanox Technologies
14 July 19
In addition to the standard licensing fees, there are fees for Azure, the VMs themselves and for data transfer. The DR environment is billed by the hour and paid to Azure directly and NetApp is paid on a yearly license.
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