2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your primary use case for NetApp ONTAP?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

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VP
Virtual Private Cloud Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2020-12-11T17:11:34Z
Dec 11, 2020

We basically use NetApp Storage as mass storage within our offering. We also use it for backup storage, storage for emails, and sometimes for archiving. Mostly it is actually general-purpose file storage.

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Rajesh Kumar Ramachandran - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Lead ESS - Sr. Customer Support Engineer, Linux / Storage at OHI TELECOMMUNICATION CO LLC
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2020-11-17T19:04:05Z
Nov 17, 2020

Our client's primary use case is for the storage aspect of the solution, mainly for the block size.

LC
Principal Systems Engineer - Datacenter Services at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
Nov 5, 2019

We use pretty much every part of the product in our company. The core of our company is in the United States and Germany and we are using MetroClusters usually for that kind of workload.

ErezShachaf - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Manager at Mekorot water company
Real User
2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
Nov 5, 2019

We use this solution for Hyper-V, VMware, SQL, Enterprise Vault, and Commvault.

it_user848262 - PeerSpot reviewer
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Consultant
2019-01-14T13:16:00Z
Jan 14, 2019

We use it to manage data in the cloud.

Peggy Balaberda - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Tech at General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc.
Real User
2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
Dec 19, 2018

We use ONTAP to take care of the filers. We have quite a few filers and we use it to increase and decrease storage and make new volumes. All the stuff we use Data ONTAP for makes managing all the filers very easy to take care of. The reason that we use Data ONTAP for everything is that we have it on all of our systems, we have a lot of customers. We use it for our virtual environments in which we make a big data store. Our way to tell people is to just pop in VMs and they use it. We have a cloud environment and a lab environment. We either do NFS VM stores, people just pop in VMs or we put them on iSCSI, they connect to the VMs and poof they're there. We have NetApp and then the networking, so we're right on top as an oxygen service. It's used everywhere, production, development, whatever you got, we're there.

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Harikrishna Kamma - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Engineer L3 SME at Dimension Data
Real User
2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
Dec 19, 2018

Our primary use case for ONTAP is for all of the protocols we use like CS, NFS, EFC, ISKC.

Oliver Fuckner - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Administrator at Strato AG
Real User
2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
Dec 19, 2018

Our primary use case for ONTAP is that our whole platform is running on ONTAP. We have all the client data that we're using on the files, in our data center.

David Boone - PeerSpot reviewer
Operations and Server Manager at Denver Health
Real User
2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
Dec 19, 2018

My primary purpose for NetApp ONTAP is for the MetroCluster. We have two data centers and we have it housed there for high availability and fault tolerance.

James Warthen - PeerSpot reviewer
Unix Admin at Check Point Software Technologies
MSP
2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
Dec 19, 2018

My primary use case is we have both Windows and Unix and they share file systems for compiling code. The big advantage with NetApp is the ability to file Linux symlinks in the Windows environment.

Rob Cargill - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Director at Venn IT Solutions
Reseller
2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
Dec 19, 2018

Our primary use is predominately NFS data stores, iSCSI LUNs for SQL databases, and CIFS file share.

Brad Schlicht - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure engineer at C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Real User
2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
Dec 19, 2018

My primary use case for ONTAP is for VMware. We also use it for exchange and file storage.

RC
Software Engineer at Dropbox
Real User
2018-12-11T08:31:00Z
Dec 11, 2018

I have use this storage appliance, which they have on-premise. It is for taking backup off onsite data. This is a storage and NAS device.

JP
Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-12-11T08:31:00Z
Dec 11, 2018

The primary use case is for storing flat files. The secondary use case is as a conduit for long-term archiving.

VR
Storage Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

We use this storage device for databases, storing databases, and VMware. When it comes to databases ,we have Oracle, SQL, and mission-critical applications. Therefore, we need very good response times, and we get very good response times from NetApp All Flash systems.

it_user834939 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Architect, Cloud Computing at Bell Canada
Real User
2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

We use it to manage storage for our customers. Our customers use it for mission-critical applications, such as backup circuits.

CD
Storage Engineer at Lockheed Martin
Real User
2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

Our primary use case is network-attached storage.

NM
Senior Storage Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc.
Real User
2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

We're using it as a file-based solution. The majority of our business users are file-based. We're also using it for virtualization for backup storage. Its programs are very good. We are also evaluating the All Flash FAS solution.

FB
System Administrator at BlackLine
Vendor
2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

Our primary use case is file storage. We use it for SMB CIFs and Fibre Channel LUN for Hyper-V.

BW
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

I work for an oil and gas company. We go out to the field and get oil from the ground. The primary use case is for development and preparation for production.

SR
Systems Architect at University of San Diego
Real User
2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

I have about 500 volumes that I manage, and I love it.

JC
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

We use it for everything, like the NAS and SAN functionality. It's a back-end for the host VMs and the Microsoft SQL Database, which is directly attached to them. We also use all-in-one file servers.

Ernesto Silvera - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
Oct 28, 2018

We are a NetApp distributor. We offer assistance for banking solutions, energy companies, and companies that do retail.

PG
Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
MSP
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for SMB and CIFS for different departments. It is also used for HIPAA and FTC compliance.

SR
Storage Engineer at a individual & family service with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it to store email files, mainly JPEGs.

EK
Storage manager at Apple
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

The primary use case for this solution is the storage and backup.

HS
Lead Systems Engineer at CACI International Inc.
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We're using it for all of our enterprise architecture. So, we use everything from CIFS, NFS, Fibre Channel LUNs, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, and iSCSI. Therefore, we're pretty much using the gamut. We have a little bit of SAS storage tier, SATA storage tier, and SSD as well.

RS
IT Engineer at Cisco
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for the security business. We use it mostly for capacity-oriented purposes, rather than performance-oriented.

JK
Technical Analyst at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

It's our main storage platform for our business applications. We have SQL and we do a lot of video editing. We also have a lot of media and sound data. Radio stations and TV stations keep some of their data on it.

MV
SAN Engineer at American Express
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We are using it for the cloud and storage: NAS and SAN.

DP
Storage Lead at Tata Consultancy Services
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We have an SAP HANA migration project going on. We bought NetApp a couple of years back, and our first solution was to migrate the data to the HANA boxes. In terms of mission-critical applications, the first phase of migrating the legacy systems was to migrate all the mission- and business-critical applications to the new platform. The customer has a lot of legacy applications. Most of the mission-critical applications have been moved. The only mission-critical application that is left is the website application that the customer uses. Once that is done, all of the mission-critical applications will be in NetApp.

SG
Systems Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it as a file-based storage. We store a lot of unstructured and application data. Mostly data which needs to be shared across multiple mount points.

LM
Technical Architect at Mentor Graphics
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for electronic design automation, build, and regression.

StorageE1250 - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We are using the NetApp solution to host our tier-two storage workloads. We use it for virtualization and as a database for applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and Oracle.

CP
System engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it to manage our NetApps.

DJ
Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use Data ONTAP to provide CIFS and NFS shares, as well as direct attached data stores for VMware.

JR
Director of IT at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for network shares and being aware of backups.

DL
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it with the All Flash FAS solution. There are a lot of the reasons that we chose this solution. We are going the direction of automation in the cloud. It has flexibility and supportability around NetApp solutions and products.

PM
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We are a storage provider for a government entity. We serve data to profilers and other government entities.

YM
IT Manager at a non-tech company
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

It is the easiest way to backup, restore data, and access data along with keep it secure. It has an easy interface to manage all the data.

RC
SAN Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for the NAS solution. We have a NAS infrastructure with NetApp ONTAP.

SC
Storage Consultant at TELUS Corporation
Consultant
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

* SnapVaulting * SnapMirroring * Backing up

JP
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

ONTAP runs our Tier 1 data center. We use it for running all our virtualization, backups, etc.

MW
Senior Manager Computer Storage at a individual & family service with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

The primary use case is as an application file server.

Nana Esigyan - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage and Backup Manager at Vodafone
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

ONTAP is the OS for NetApp storage controllers. We use it to provision storage or line volumes for our internal customers requesting storage either for databases, the storing of flat files, etc.

Miguel Gonzalez - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Engineer at Alliant Credit Union
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

It's our enterprise storage solution where we keep 95 percent of our data. We use it for our mission-critical applications: All our SQL, Exchange, data warehousing, and anything with heaving I/O processing.

NS
Senior Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for storing unstructured data.

Antoine Roseman - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at RACTSOL Corp
Real User
2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

ONTAP is currently being used for data backups, migration of data, and volume management.

JM
Systems Architect at Lockheed Martin
Real User
2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for enterprise storage. We use data ONTAP to solution and enterprise storage for our core data centers. We use a lot of SnapVault and SnapMirror features for disaster recovery and daily backups to meet SLAs.

AK
Storage Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for on-premise storage.

SM
Systems Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We primarily use it for our file server environment: all our home shares, group shares, etc.

it_user874347 - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Engineer at Evolent Health
Real User
2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for VMware.

MB
Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Real User
2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

The primary use case is to move from Fibre Channel to SolidFire.

SS
Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

One use case is user files, when customers are trying to place their unstructured data and then access it remotely. A second case is is VDI. All the VDI uses have their home drives hosted in NetApp. In addition, we use NetApp for general-purpose, such as Unix applications, database archives, big data, when they need a lot of reads and fewer writes. That data comes into NAS. In our firm, we use it for tier-three and tier-four, which needs less than 20 millisecond response times. Those types of applications are deployed in NetApp.

CV
Storage Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
Oct 24, 2018

We use it for all our storage requirements.

Mark Ramdas - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Engineer at Bank of NY
Real User
2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
Oct 23, 2018

We use it for cloud. We have a big VMware environment with CIFS, NFS, and other applications. Most of the data is on NetApp.

PG
Chief Administrative Officer at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
Oct 23, 2018

Our primary use case is for serving the file server files. File storage is for the member offices and accessing that data.

Adam Sando - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Solutions Specialist at Lenovo (United States)
Real User
2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
Oct 23, 2018

We use ONTAP for systems management, running and managing storage appliances. ONTAP, for us, is underpinning all the software that sits on top of our hardware. We manufacture the infrastructure side of NetApp appliances. We use the capabilities of ONTAP for our customers. It's a case of implementation of that software and using that software to manage the storage arrays we're putting into our clients' environments. We also use it for PoCs. We'll deploy the software and demonstrate it for customers.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 1, 2021
How does Azure NetApp Files compare to NetApp ONTAP? Which would you recommend and why?
See 1 answer
Nov 1, 2021
Azure NetApp Files is a Microsoft Azure file storage service built on NetApp technology. The platform combines the file capabilities of Azure and NetApp to move critical file-based applications to the cloud. Azure NetApp Files provides high-performance computing at high-speed and is SAP and HIPAA certified. Azure NetApp Files helps for cloud-based workloads that need low latency and high performance. When you need to access a large volume of data, other features we like are its elasticity and the support for multiple protocols. One downside of Azure NetApp Files is that it is not available in the Azure Free tier. Also, it is relatively more expensive than other Azure options like file storage. NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is an enterprise-level storage management solution. NetApp gives you not only storage management but data protection too. NetApp ONTAP supports multiple use cases, like block-level storage serving NAS and SAN, backup, archive, DevOps, databases, and disaster recovery. We like having the same consistent storage experience on Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud. Other features we like from ONTAP are the dynamic mapping of storage devices and the central management of storage components. The solution provides compression and deduplication. NetApp Cloud Volumes enables our administrators to design, configure, and deploy storage in a hybrid cloud environment. You can also scale the issues easily. Integration with third-party tools is limited, though. Migrating storage workloads between cloud service providers can also be a hassle. From the three major providers, its integration with AWS is the best. The documentation is a bit poor. You can not manage storage across hybrid and multiple cloud environments. ONTAP is more suited for organizations with large storage volumes or that need high performance for their cloud environment. Conclusions It will depend on the use case. Cloud Volumes ONTAP is specifically designed to manage large storage volumes. If you can afford the extra cost, Azure NetApp Files can provide a more comprehensive solution for smaller organizations.
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Sep 6, 2022
Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with NetApp ONTAP. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
2 out of 9 answers
ErezShachaf - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Manager at Mekorot water company
Nov 5, 2019
What I would like to see in the next release is the ability to combine all the clusters. Make it so that they will work not just pairs. If I have a four-node cluster, I want it to work for four and not just four pairs of clusters. This is what I am expecting as an enhancement.
LC
Principal Systems Engineer - Datacenter Services at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 5, 2019
I think everything can be improved, really. The IT world is evolving all the time, so there's always a new challenge and always a new thing to improve. It is harder to say what that could be. In a perfect world, there should exist some kind of guide as to what kind of workloads you would be able to mix within the same cluster or aggregate. That would be something really good and useful for us because we have centralized everything in just one MetroCluster. Now we are not sure if that architecture is actually giving us a few headaches or if it is something different. We have more than 15 petabytes of space use and we have a really low percentage of failures. In the boxes that are not really I/O (Input / Output) intensive, they are working very well.
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