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Score 7.1 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

It's perfect for a large environment with a small IT Staff. It is a great solution that is already built into the VNX product and provides the best way, in my opinion, to quickly create a network file share environment. I hesitate to say that many negative things about it but it can be difficult to back up. In an all virtual environment with virtual backup software, it is near impossible to back up without a separate solution. We are a Veeam customer and cannot use Veeam to backup the NAS files in a fast reliable way so we rely on a separate backup software just to back up the NAS files.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS is a great platform to solve a large variety of different problems. It is ideal for large organizations that have a variety of different business scenarios and locations. This ability allows global support organizations to have standard tools and methods even in a variety of use cases and site sizes. On the flip side, this flexibility is also sometimes the weakness of the platform. In very specialized use cases/areas such as low latency with flash this can be a detriment. We still seem to use specialty arrays to solve these point requirements.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

  • The downtime has been zero since implementing the solution 6 years ago.
  • It provides a safe effective way to provide network storage for all users with an easy interface to provide user rights.
  • The read/write speeds are much faster than Windows.
  • It does not rely on a separate server for performance. This is due to the fact that it is not subject to Windows updates or memory/processor constraints of a Windows based OS.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp FAS series

  • Backups are a piece of cake with Snapshot technology.
  • Disaster recovery plans are made much easier with SnapMirroring to remote locations.
  • The support is incredible. Auto Support makes it incredibly easy. The Auto Support website also gives you a great view of your NetApp deployment.
  • Redundant paths make updating and maintenance much easier with no downtime.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

  • Reporting is not very easy to figure out.
  • It requires some training of admins to figure out the best way to manage the shares, quotas, and permissions.
  • It's difficult to migrate to/from when implementing. Short of using copy based tools and scripting there is no other way to move on old file server to the NAS or to move files out of the NAS onto a Windows based server share.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp FAS series

  • We have had too many troubles with the controllers, had one die completely, and are now fighting an issue where the two don't communicate.
  • They try to nickel and dime you with extra costs for additional features.
  • Software upgrades are too difficult.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

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NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS series 8.0
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It does have a really nice and easy to use web interface to do pretty much anything you need with it. It was very simple to configure our volumes and luns and connect them to our VMWare environment using the interface. It has options to rename, shrink, grow, and other things with our luns and volumes. It was nice and easy to read graphs to see where you stand on your storage usage at a glance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

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NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS series 6.2
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I've said it before. I'll say it again. NetApp has fantastic support. The Hardware Universe and the Auto Support websites give you incredible information. This info is not just generic model info but it is driven by the data sent by your actual filer. When you get on a support call they can see everything currently in place in your environment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

They both provide the same functionality and, while Windows files systems in a Virtual setting are much easier to backup, Celerra is much more reliable. The Celerra servers do not require frequent rebooting, patching, or planned downtime like a Windows file system. In the event a patch or update is required for the Celerra there are typically multiple server points to provide a second pathway and prevent downtime. The boot times for a large Windows file share server is much longer than that of the EMC solution as well. There are many tools for a Windows based server, both by Microsoft and third party software vendors, and very few tools that provide the same functions for the Celerra. There are still plenty of tools available that can run on a Windows machine to run against the Celerra though. The Celerra will require more than basic file server skills and little to no Windows file server skill sets will apply to the administration of the Celerra, outside of the typical sharing and permissions.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp FAS series

We ultimately went with the NetApp FAS series based upon the recommendation of our trusted reseller. The device implementation fit directly in with the bigger infrastructure plan/rollout we were in the middle of. However, I did my due diligence when researching the recommendations, and after careful comparison and fact checks, NetApp rose to the top as the most mature and stable platform that did exactly what we needed, and at a price we could accept.
Vin Campbell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

  • NO WINDOWS UPDATES! This has been a huge positive impact for our environment.
  • The administration is very simple, once you have properly learned how to use it.
  • The backups and user file auditing have made things difficult. The fact that we still use it with these two difficulties speaks to how much we still prefer it to a Windows based file system.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp FAS series

  • We rely on NetApp FAS for data replication as well as application and data protection integration capabilities.
  • Negative impact is it has a 5 years life cycle and as a result we find leasing the equipment has provided better ROI than the expense associated with owning and maintaining after the life cycle support ends.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

NetApp FAS series

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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