NetApp FAS with CDOT: Jack of All Trades, Master of Unstructured CIFS/NFS Data
March 12, 2021

NetApp FAS with CDOT: Jack of All Trades, Master of Unstructured CIFS/NFS Data

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS controllers are being used to store critical system data for operational sites. They provide the primary storage platform for VMware-based storage at a number of locations. Applications running on NetApp FAS controllers range from infrastructure-based services (VMware, Monitoring, Anti-Virus) and application servers. Deployments range from standalone FAS to MetroCluster deployments.
  • Unstructured data
  • Lifecycling of hardware (C-DOT)
  • Metro level high-availability (MetroCluster)
  • MyASUP integration
  • 7-mode's licensing model was more favorable.
  • Some CLI commands are too cumbersome without automation, driving users to the GUI.
  • Physical cabling can be daunting for new users or DC facilities.
  • High availability architecture.
  • Scalability (up and out).
Like most other unified solutions, NetApp excels in one particular area, unstructured data. Whilst it can, and does support the presentation of block-based volumes, I do not view it as a strong suit for NetApp. When comparing to other products, the two Unified products that I see it compete with are DellEMC Unity or VMAX/PowerMax with eNAS. The VMAX/PowerMax with eNAS is probably the most Tier 1 enterprise-class solution, but the complexity of integration between the two products, and the inability to manage things such as your own upgrades should be reviewed with care.

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NetApp FAS is well suited to environments running VMware with an IP-based fabric. Whilst I have used FC storage fabrics, other storage arrays manage FC better than NetApp. So if you have a requirement for a large number of RDM's in VMware or WSFC disks, another product might suit you better. NetApp FAS also excels in environments with Linux-based deployments that require the consumption of NFS-based volumes.