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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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

GFS is well suited for DEVOPS type environments where organizations prefer to invest in servers and DAS (direct attached storage) versus purchasing storage solutions/appliances. GFS allows organizations to scale their storage capacity at a fraction of the price using DAS HDDs versus committing to purchase licenses and hardware from a dedicated storage manufacturer (e.g. NetApp, Dell/EMC, HP, etc.).
Charles Inglese | 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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

  • Storage resiliency
  • Speed (especially in load-balanced read scenarios)
  • Flexible configuration options
James Freeman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

  • Documentation; using readthedocs demonstrates that the Gluster project isn't always kept up-to-date as far as documentation is concerned. Many of the guides are for previous versions of the product and can be cumbersome to follow at times.
  • Self-healing; our use of GFS required the administrator to trigger an auto-heal operation manually whenever bricks were added/removed from the pool. This would be a great feature to incorporate using autonomous self-healing whenever a brick is added/removed from the pool.
  • Performance metrics are scarce; our team received feedback that online RDBMS transactions did not perform well on distributed file systems (such as GFS), however this could not be substantiated via any online research or white papers.
Charles Inglese | 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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

Red Hat Gluster Storage 8.0
Based on 1 answer
In stable production use, it's probably a 9 or a 10, but the upgrade and maintenance processes are hugely prone to error, outage, and detract from the otherwise excellent experience of owning and operating Red Hat Gluster. If you're on a current version and don't need to upgrade it, then it just works and thus is easy to use.
James Freeman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS series 7.7
Based on 3 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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

Red Hat Gluster Storage 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Red Hat's support is second to none once you get past their first line support and taken seriously. This often requires management escalations and causes frayed tempers because the first line support are rarely competent in the products and fail to read and respond adequately to queries. Once you get beyond this barrier (and sadly for Red Hat, it is a barrier), you reach some really clever people, some of whom actively maintain the code for Gluster, and then the support is unrivaled.
James Freeman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

Gluster is a lot lower cost than the storage industry leaders. However, NetApp and Dell/EMC's product documentation is (IMHO) more mature and hardened against usage in operational scenarios and environments. Using Gluster avoids "vendor lock-in" from the perspective on now having to purchase dedicated hardware and licenses to run it. Albeit, should an organization choose to pay for support for Gluster, they would be paying licensing costs to Red Hat instead of NetApp, Dell, EMC, HP, or VMware. It could be assumed, however, that if an organization wanted to use Gluster, that they were already a Linux shop and potentially already paying Red Hat or Canonical (Debian) for product support, thereby the use of GFS would be a nominal cost adder from a maintenance/training perspective.
Charles Inglese | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

  • Positive - Alignment with the open source community and being able to stay abreast of the latest trending products available.
  • Positive - Reduced procurement and maintenance costs.
  • Negative - Impacts user/system maintainer training in order to teach them how to utilize and troubleshoot the product.
Charles Inglese | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

NetApp FAS series

General

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

General

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

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