Reviewed on 15/01/2019
NetApp OnTap is crucial for our daily business
Comments: My overall experience with NetApp OnTap has been great. When it was implemented we consolidated geographically dispersed storage systems into several NetApp clusters in 2 datacenters. Having all of our data manageable in one pane of glass has been great.
Pros: OnTap provides great tools for managing and administering our storage infrastructure. The best feature is the OnTap Unified Manager which puts all of your storage information in a single pane of glass.
Cons: When using OnTap, there is a learning curve if you are coming from other storage providers such as Dell or HP. It was not very easy to get right into and figure out, but NetApp does offer training to help with this.
Reviewed on 09/09/2018
Versatile but challenging
Comments: Stable & versatile, but you need to have an advanced degree to administer or monitor.
Pros: NetApp has always risen to the top of the list in terms of versatility and reliability. We’ve always appreciated having the options to connect to our data however we need (CIFS, iSCSI, NFS), and over the 6 years we’ve had it in operation, it’s been extremely stable & reliable.
Cons: Administration has been a challenge. Their On Command dashboard has improved over the years, but still leaves much to be desired. Not very intuitive, and can be difficult to navigate. You need a separate VM for performance monitoring, and it is also cumbersome to use. And our worse frustration is system upgrades. Through their support website, you can generate a detailed upgrade guide, but it’s 28 pages long, full of dozens of complicated CLI commands. It should not be this difficult. Other vendors have one click upgrades.
Reviewed on 01/02/2018
NetApp is a flexible storage that is easy to use
Comments: easy data management
Pros: the rapid recovery of data by using snapshots, the new data management by using fabric pool and the integration with all the tools that they provide
Cons: the low marketing ans specifically that sometimes in price NetApp can't compete with another major storage brands
Reviewed on 07/03/2018
I have been administrating Netapps storage servers for nearly 20 years.
It just works!
Sold stable predictable performance and availability.
Consistent time proven upgrade paths.
The need for "forklift" upgrades as hardware approaches and of life.
High support costs that increase drastically at the end of the initial contract period.
Reviewed on 30/05/2018
The Ontap OS is great. Very simple and easy to use
Pros: Creating flex clones is a great help in test or development environments. Also a great way to quickly and easily restore data
Cons: compared to other storage vendors Netapp is not always able to compete with the pricing that they have to offer
Reviewed on 02/04/2019
Netapp Cluster Engineer/User
Comments: Storage allocation/monitoring.
Pros: Ontap software is user friendly, easy to customize and set up alerts
Cons: Older version wasn't as user friendly, cluster mode version is much better.
Reviewed on 13/12/2018
Good Storage System
Pros: Work well so far with intensive IOPS load. Running VDI on this storage and there is no IOPS bottleneck
Cons: Expensive solution and software add-on can cause a bomb.
Reviewed on 20/09/2018
Great storage, too complicated
Pros: A lot of features, very efficient, saves money
Cons: very hard to set up and configure, moderate learning curve.
Reviewed on 27/03/2018
We use ONTAP to support our Virtual Machines in our school district
Comments: Provides the needed flexibility for our VM environment
Pros: Nice user interface. Stable product. Recovery using snapshots a big plus. Flexibility in volume creation for unix and windows environments.
Cons: Cumbersome navigation to some of the configuration parameters . Learning curve somewhat steep on some functions.
Reviewed on 01/04/2019
OnTap is a great interface for your SAN
Comments: We use OnTap to manage our Netapp SANS
Pros: OnTap is easy to use to setup and manage any NetApp SAN. It's intuitive and quick and easy to deploy more storage.
Cons: It uses Adobe Flash which sometimes crashed when using it.