5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 23, 2016
We worked with a company called Highvail. The knowledge and talent the Highvail team brough to the table coupled with our own resources made this a great implementation from an ease of implementaion perspective as well as a learning initiative.
PLAN! Measure 3 times and cut once. Implementation is so easy that you want to do it right the first time because it will be more difficult to redesign while trying to maintain uptime.
The ease of use and automated nature of the converged infrastructure.
Being an early adopter had it's downside. Initially support was not easy to find. However now that it has been around for some time the support has gotten way better.
We had some issue with procurement, however we were on a very short timeline. So for the vendor to resolve those issues and deliver on time was astounding.
If we could start again from scratch I would take a little more time to plan our implementation. The deduplication capabilities of the NetApp are astounding. After a storage redesign we were able to realize a 70% deduplication rate of our production data. This takes careful planning, also ensure when installing something integrated of this magnitude you understand the architecture of your networking and VLANs.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 19, 2016
implementation went well and performance has exceeded expectations
keep current on your storage platform (OS)
performance and reliability
be proactive for us and recognize the need to upgrade
be proactive about staying current and upgrade
great support when needed
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 14, 2016
NetApp gave us the ability to standup a mature SAN infrastructure that had many of the bells and whistles we were looking for like deduplication, replication, and ease of Administration. The NetApp solution was all encompossing and more cost effective compared to other vendors like EMC and HP.
Find a vendor that can support not only your SAN Infrastructure but all of the other technologies that make up the hyperconverged architecture.
NetApp's software contains all of the features you need for your SAN. No bolt on products or add-ins are requried. It also integrated with our backup software.
I don't like that there is no simple upgrade from 7-Mode to C-DOT. I have to purchase additional swing or replacement gear to upgrade.
Identified the need to segregate production from backup SAN controllers.
In our initial NetApp installation we did not segregate our primary and backup storage controllers. I would recommend that other customers consider this as we did with subsequent installations.
We have not experienced any major issues with our NetApp SANs other than disk failures which are resolved quickly using their Call Home service.
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Aug 17, 2016
Quick snapshots have worked well. SAN folders permissions have not worked well. My team is telling me that there is no way to figure out detailed list of SAN folders where a particular account has permissions and what kind of permissions on SAN folders.
Better technical support.
Tech support was not that good.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 31, 2016
FlexPad as an Integrated stacks are starting to gain traction in storage. They are mainly aimed at organizations that want preconfigured & pretested systems for highly virtualized environments. These stacks combine storage, hypervisors, networking and management as an alternative to building best-of-breed systems.
Older architect design.
Got SolidFire early.
Maybe due to so many new options to choose from.
NetApp offers FlexPod, a reference architecture consisting of its FAS storage platform with Cisco Systems Inc.’s networking gear and Unified Computing System (UCS) and VMware Inc.’s vSphere hypervisor technology. EMC’s partnership with Cisco and VMware extends to its go-to-market strategy. EMC, Cisco and VMware formed the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) Company, which sells Vblock products based on various EMC storage systems and the same Cisco and VMware pieces included in FlexPods.
The support side from NetApp is decent.
Intergrating with CISCO UCS + no suppress during deployment.
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