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"It is a solid and a quite simple solution, which is a good combination. The customers like the simplicity and its scale-out capacity. They like the support pricing, and even the extension capacity pricing, a fixed price, which the executive is offering in Czech market.""The solution easily integrates with the backup targets, such as Veeam.""One of the main features is the landing zone, it is a particular space where the information is not duplicated."

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"You can use different protocols at the same time. Monitoring is also very easy in NetApp FAS Series. There is a free tool for monitoring.""The solution has tiers inside which means we do not only need to use SSDs.""For us, the greatest aspect of the solution is the fact that it just runs. It is amazingly resilient. That's very important to us, because we are basically, with some exceptions, have a 24/7 operation.""Can use both SAN and NAS at the same time.""It's an easy product to use that is stable and has good performance.""I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system.""The most valuable feature for us is the combining of HA and SnapMirror.""The most valuable feature is SnapMirror."

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"The one place where we are sometimes losing the opportunity with ExaGrid is that a few customers still require a fiber channel connectivity, which is not always possible.""When speaking about a scale-out, you want to have better equipment. You cannot just add a disc to the foreign equipment. You have to buy another one and put it together, like parallel.""The solution could improve by switching to a flash-type solution rather than the spinning drives that they currently use. However, we have not had any failure with the spinning drives. The flash-type drives are more up-to-date and are something that is in their roadmap."

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"Its licensing cost can be improved.""Its operating system is very cumbersome. However, after you set it up, it runs pretty smoothly. Its file system is not very dynamic. It is very static.""If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product.""The user interface could be improved.""Currently, the newest release is not HCI friendly.""Technical support needs to be improved, as there are no longer partners in our country.""The solution could do more than just data.""I would like to see NetApp add incident support."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The current agreement has 21 terabytes of free space and it cost approximately $35,000."
  • "The previous solutions I have used both included the Backup Software and the Appliance making it hard to compare to this solution. However, overall the solution is reasonably priced for the features you receive. ExaGrid EX Series is priced better than HP, Dell, and possibly Commvault which I have compared in the past."
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  • "I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "I don't recall the price, but in general, pricing can always be better."
  • "It's not cheap, but at the same time, it's also inexpensive. It's somewhere in between."
  • "We purchased it for four years, and it wasn't expensive. It was reasonable. Every company has a different agreement with NetApp. We got everything we wanted with all the bells and whistles and all the features and functionalities."
  • "The NetApp FAS series price is very competitive compared to other solutions on the market it is a good choice."
  • "NetApp FAS Series could be less expensive."
  • "We are on a perpetual license."
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    Questions from the Community
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    One of the main features is the landing zone, it is a particular space where the information is not duplicated.
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    The current agreement has 21 terabytes of free space and it cost approximately $35,000.
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    Product support could be improved. It is next day support when it comes to parts.
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    I like it. When it is up and running, it does the job.
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    It definitely depends on the contract. It depends on where you buy it from, which features are you going to use, and what is your personal benefit of the features that you plan to use for the system.
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    You always need a huge amount of hardware to fulfill a given setup. Its deployment can be complex, especially if you go MetroCluster.
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    Also Known As
    EX Series
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    The ExaGrid EX Series hyper-converged secondary storage for backup product line consists of eight appliance models. Each appliance is sized for a full backup and for long-term retention. Any ExaGrid appliance can be mixed and matched in the same scale-out system with any other size or age appliance, allowing customers to buy what they need as they need it. This pay-as-you-grow model allows up to 25 appliances in a single scale-out system.
    NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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    Sample Customers
    NCI Group, North Attleborough Public School, North Kingstown School Department, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Prudential Douglas Elliman, Rathbone Brothers PLC, Rio Hondo College, Ruder Finn, Sarah Lawrence College
    Children's Hospital Central California, Plex Systems, PDF PNI Digital Media, Denver Broncos, PDF KSM Legal, Clayton Companies, Virginia Community College
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Company Size
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Find out what your peers are saying about ExaGrid EX Series vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    ExaGrid EX Series is ranked 9th in Deduplication Software with 3 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 3rd in Deduplication Software with 19 reviews. ExaGrid EX Series is rated 10.0, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of ExaGrid EX Series writes "Good simplicity and scale-out capacity". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Reliable, scalable, and stable storage solution which offers multiple features". ExaGrid EX Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), HPE StoreOnce, Veritas NetBackup Appliance, Quantum DXi Series and Dell EMC Avamar, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon), HPE StorageWorks MSA, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), IBM FlashSystem and Veritas NetBackup Appliance. See our ExaGrid EX Series vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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