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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Oracle ZFS

In our case, we use ZFS to store MySQL data. Our MySQL data is of paramount importance, and we need to ensure that the storage that it is kept on is not only fast but also reliable. We can not risk an event that would wipe out all our data. For this reason, we use ZFS to create software RAIDZ to maximize storage redundancy on each MySQL server. We also utilize the ZFS instant snapshot tools to get fully consistent backups of our data without needing to take servers offline for hours at a time.The snapshotting tools are excellent, and allow you to migrate the snapshot data off disk very easily, and import it onto new disks just as easily (so restoring from backups is a cinch).We find ZFS to be a perfect solution for this use case, and I'd expect anyone with similar requirements would see the same benefits.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

Oracle ZFS

  • Software RAIDZ. Create storage arrays using best available RAID technologies for excellent disk stability
  • Array images and backups. Allows administrators to instantly create disk snapshots, to minimize time disk is unavailable (on the order of seconds, not minutes or hours).
  • Automatic de-deduplication/compression. ZFS will automatically de-dedup data on disk, allowing for more efficient use of the entire disk for unique data. It will also automatically compress data stored on the disk, allowing for even more usage of the available disk space. Great for infrequently accessed backups (There is some performance cost to compression).
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

NetApp FAS series

  • Deduplication job runs at certain times and creates a large CPU overhead for the system
  • Management of a volumes, disk groups, LUNs, etc. is a burden to manage and is not efficient with storage capacity
  • Upgrades are complicated and not "non-disruptive"
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle ZFS

  • The CLI tools have a bit of a learning curve to them, there are a lot of tools and commands available. Learning all of them is a large task.
  • The documentation is very dense. This is great, but makes it hard to get up to speed, incrementally, quickly.
  • It's still (relatively) new, so I'd expect getting buy-in from larger enterprises to be a bit of an up-hill battle.
  • Deploying on an existing system requires a completely separate storage array, as you need to reformat and set-up the storage devices without any data on them. This might be prohibitively expensive on time or resources to deploy on existing storage infrastructures.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS series 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Oracle ZFS

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Support Rating

NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS series 9.7
Based on 5 answers
NetApp support in Brazil is managed by its partners. We know in other countries, such as the US and NO, they have support directly from Netapp. We have a very good NetApp partner working with us since the beginning, on both the implementation and daily support. Very few cases needed to be escalated to NetApp support, most of the cases are handled and satisfyingly closed by the partner.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle ZFS

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Alternatives Considered

NetApp FAS series

Removing PureStorage, which I consider to be ahead of the rest, NetApp FAS series does its job very well and it is not necessary to pay a lifetime support.
omar lopardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle ZFS

ZFS is so far beyond the other filesystems available right now, offering full suites of tools for data management, backup, recovery, maintenance, monitoring, etc. It's not even fair to compare them.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NetApp FAS series

  • This device took the place of 6 full servers initially, then 6 or more virtual ones were added later. Enough said.
  • Support -- I can't say enough about this. Having that hard drive arrive, without me asking for it, was awesome. Having the tech arrive without me asking for him was priceless.
  • For the initial outlay, we spent a lot, but I'd say we got most of the ROI back within the first year on this device.
  • Really nothing negative to say from an ROI perspective.
Vin Campbell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle ZFS

  • Less risk in data loss, due to higher stability and better disk level backup features
  • Faster recovery times in the event of failure, minimizing offline time in the event of failure
  • Great disk performance and stability, less failures means less down time.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

NetApp FAS series

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

Starting Price

Oracle ZFS

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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