NetApp FAS series acting as a CIFS business server
July 29, 2019

NetApp FAS series acting as a CIFS business server

Albert Buendía | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with NetApp FAS series

Two NetApp FAS series are being used as CIFS servers. They serve all the department's folders for the whole organization. So, we replaced our typical Windows servers with a NetApp solution. Why? Basically, for two main reasons. First, for security purposes. We make volumes snapshots every hour. In the case of a ransomware infection, we resolve the incident by managing snapshots. The second reason we switched was so fileservers don't have a typical NetBIOS name. We use NetApp for our CIFS servers in conjunction with Active Directory DFS so folders and files have no dependencies of a fileserver name. This is great.
  • Volume snapshots
  • CIFS server
  • Snapmirror between both NetApp storage instances
  • Hardware snapshots with backup software
  • Software Management
  • Bundle software is hard to implement and use
  • Tecnical support is lacking, at least here in Spain
  • Positive impact for bridging information security gaps.
  • Overall business satisfaction improvements.
NetApp is best as a Windows file server virtual machines alternative and is perfect as a native CIFS server. We backup with NMDP protocol.
Pure Storage is the winner for virtual machine storage with its incredible performance.
Best suited as a good alternative to typical Windows virtual file servers. It is less appropriate as a virtual machine repository.