2008-03-11 10:16 PM
Ok, all right ... I'll admit to fishing but would love to hear from NetApp users checking out the community. Do you love everything about NetApp? Did you simply inherit a datacenter full of NetApp gear? Or ... ??
2008-03-12 08:12 AM
This is naughty question
I can mention here the odious reasons (snapshots, flexclones, snapmanager for exchange, unified storage, ...) but I think that there are 3 things more important:
NetApp is a technical oriented company whit a very open culture
NetApp try to make the difference with software, vitalization and data management
(most important) I have a very low TCO: 0.75 Full Time Equivalent for managing 0.5 PB (500 TB).
2008-03-28 02:01 PM
We forget what snapshots means for your storage environment. As a NetApp user, you find this a normal feature of a storage device; you take without thinking 10 snapshots, 100 snapshots and even 200 snapshots of a volume. People who don't use NetApp never take snapshots (maybe only one for taking a backup) and when a NetApp customer talks about their snapshots use, the not netapp user thinks that you are crazy and stupid.
I was in discussion this week with 20 other colleagues (of large companies) and only the guys with a NetApp gear toke snapshots.
A long story to say that indeed snapshots is still one of the most famous features of NetApp.
2008-04-02 12:49 AM
I would like to add one pro:
Support of NetApp is superior!
I'm working in a support company where we maintain several vendors (HP, Cisco, Brocade,..), but NetApp has, without doubt, the best hardware support.
I must also mention that there are various levels of support - read €€/$$.
If there are some nasty problems, NetApp support engineers are always ready to help.