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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with NetApp Cloud Insights?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with NetApp Cloud Insights.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

PeerSpot user
4 Answers
Director of IT at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
20 October 20

As I went through learning the querying, it could have been a little more intuitive. I'm still fresh into the system. In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial. Getting that, out-of-the-box, would be helpful. There is training that has been provided. I just haven't gone through all of it yet.

Alex Tsoi  - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Consultant at TELUS Corporation
Top 10
11 October 20

Their pricing model needs improvement.

Storage Engineer at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
19 August 20

There are some very specific things for improvement in the Cloud Secure product. I have already given this feedback to the product managers regarding this area.

Ed Alexander - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Administrator at Red Hat
Real User
19 August 20

There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way. We do get by with it, but typically it requires engagement with NetApp to get us the reports that we need.

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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Oct 20, 2020
Hi Everyone, What do you like most about NetApp Cloud Insights? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
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Storage Engineer at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
19 August 20
It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue.
Ed Alexander - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Administrator at Red Hat
19 August 20
Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc.
Matt Armington - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Program Promotion at YOUTH OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION INC
Jul 15, 2021
What is the most important first step for a company to take when moving towards mainframe migration?   Where should evaluation of potential solutions begin in a large financial organization?  Which users' input is most valuable?
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Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
15 March 21
Gathering Clear Requirements Making sure the requirements can be met or that sufficient work-arounds are available or can be developed to move forward.  Partial or full migration? Partial due to a limitation in the cloud and can be phased in at a later time once developed? Private Cloud (on premise or in own DC) or in the Public Cloud? Security is always important for any business, especially Banks. Are there any special security requirements. Public Clouds usually raise the question of security and really depends on which one, how they are managed and the level of visibility into the access to the data. Dependencies. Are there any platform, application or service dependencies that also need to be available in the cloud? This could be a networking / connectivity issue requiring a bridge between the current world and the cloud world. It could also require an enhancement of the cloud environment to support some dependencies. Compute power and storage capacity are generally not an issue anymore for this, but understanding the required level of compute and storage to meet the current and future needs to replace the mainframe will help provide the TCO equation. Evaluation of potential solutions should begin by determining whether the solutions can be both private and public, scalable and secure. The power and flexibility of a solution that can work exactly the same as a private or public cloud builds a lot of confidence with the Banks - as they know they can start private and expand out to public as they need to. They are not locked into one or the other.  Banks would like to have the efficiencies and scale of clouds, but may not be immediately ready to go to a public cloud. They may also not be ready to put everything in the cloud at once. Therefore, selecting the easiest, yet most effective components to put into the cloud is the best way to go - and doing it in the private cloud could remove a lot of security and stability doubts. Talking to the application / platform owners first would be most valuable. They should understand their own app requirements, dependencies and end-users' expectations. Once you can identify the above aspects for each app, you can work out which apps and when they can be put into the cloud. You will find common requirements, dependencies and blockers. The goal of the cloud should be to raise efficiencies and competitiveness. It will not be a quick project to migrate, so it requires a mid-term view in terms of returns and setting expectations. Start with some good, solid wins in the migration that will allow the team and management to see the benefits sooner and fuel the success of subsequent migration work.
Mir Gulzar Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager IT at Synergy Computers
15 July 21
Q1. What is the most important first step for a company to take when moving towards mainframe migration? Ans>  The central approving/regulatory authorities (like a State Bank). Q2. Where should evaluation of potential solutions begin in a large financial organization? Ans> The pathway should be.... adopt/setup a private on-prem cloud solution and evaluate there first. Then, you can engage cloud service providers of your choice. Q3. Which users' input is most valuable? Ans> DBAs and Business application team. Remarks: Regulatory authorities Approval, On-prem cloud setup, Ensure Security & Simplicity, Evaluate Scale of transaction per min., data growth per year, new products road map, before moving toward the private cloud.
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