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NetApp Private Storage is #8 ranked solution in top NAS tools. PeerSpot users give NetApp Private Storage an average rating of 8 out of 10. NetApp Private Storage is most commonly compared to Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon): NetApp Private Storage vs Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon). The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 27% of all views.
What is NetApp Private Storage?

NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Cloud is a family of enterprise storage solutions that lets you use multiple industry-leading clouds and maintain complete control over your data on dedicated storage systems from NetApp.

NetApp Private Storage was previously known as NPS.

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What users are saying about NetApp Private Storage pricing:
"The price of NetApp Private Storage is similar to other solutions. There is typically an annual license required for this solution."

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Joshy Varghese
Managing Director at Evenor Info Solutions Pvt Ltd
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Has its own dedicated operating system, so it will not be affected by any wireless piggybacking or malware
Pros and Cons
  • "NetApp has its own dedicated operating system, so it will not be affected by any wireless piggybacking or malware. That's the beauty of NetApp's operating system."
  • "They need a little more technical people in Akola. Most of the NetApp people are in Bangalore, Mumbai, or Delhi, but there are very few in Akola. I think NetApp has few technicians in Akola because they mostly rely on partners to service this area."

What is our primary use case?

NetApp Private Storage is a network-attached device that helps us manage our storage easily. In addition, it allows for easy, seamless connectivity to our storage solutions.

How has it helped my organization?

Two years ago, a client was hit by a ransomware attack. They have more than 60 servers and many workstations. The malware affected all the servers and databases. But, everything stored using NetApp was not affected. When the malware struck, NetApp was blocking that IP address, so it didn't harm the video files. That is the main advantage of this product. Our client was pleased.

What is most valuable?

NetApp has its own dedicated operating system, so it will not be affected by any wireless piggybacking or malware. That's the beauty of NetApp's operating system. I'm a hundred percent satisfied.

What needs improvement?

If I am using a product in the data center, they will give us a cloud-based DR solution. In the past two years, they have started using that kind of solution as well. We have DR solutions so our data will be safe in the cloud if any disaster happens.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been dealing with NetApp Private Storage since 2015.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I am a hundred percent keen on this product because we're getting a lot of positive feedback from clients. Last year, we heard a success story from another client. That client was affected by malware. The breach wasn't reported to NetApp, but it automatically raised a case ID. And NetApp sent a new hard disk to that client. The client was shocked. And fortunately, that client called. They said, "I got a hard disk from NetApp, but we have not raised any ticket for this. Could you please ask an engineer, to verify that?" And my engineer visited the site and found out why they have sent a fresh, a new, hard disk to a client. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have implemented some storage using the NetApp service, and next year we can easily upgrade it. Add-ons are also possible with this product. I think the scale depends on the model number of the storage device. Some support around 500 users, another model can handle 2,000 users,  another is 5,000 users, etc. So it depends on the model specifications.

How are customer service and support?

They need a little more technical people in Akola. Most of the NetApp people are in Bangalore, Mumbai, or Delhi, but there are very few in Akola. I think NetApp has few technicians in Akola because they mostly rely on partners to service this area. They have support. The service provider is there, but there are few techs. There is no dedicated support. They have so many service providers, but they have some limitations. Most of the service providers are engineers who will be working with NetApp, HPE, or Cisco. There is one service provider that has many engineers, but we suggest one dedicated NetApp service person. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we used a Dell solution, but we transitioned to NetApp, so some clients converted from Dell to NetApp as well.

How was the initial setup?

The implementation also is straightforward. We can quickly implement NetApp. Before implementing, we submit a customer procurement order to NetApp. We pre-configure the device for the customer so it's plug-and-play. Lastly, we assign the IP address and quickly configure it. It takes half an hour at most, and one person can manage it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

NetApp has a standard license that's calculated according to the size of the user base. And if you need additional support, they have Pro support and Pro-Plus support. Pro-Plus support means they will assign a dedicated person to support this product online. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate NetApp Private Storage 10 out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior Engineer for Planning and Deployment of VAS Systems and Services at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Easy to use, simple to integrate, and offers good stability
Pros and Cons
  • "Integration with other NetApp solutions and merging them is manageable."
  • "I'm not sure how easy it is to use on the cloud versus on-prem. If they have different user experiences, they should work to make the two as similar as possible to make it easy for a user to understand both even if they only deal mainly with one."

What is our primary use case?

We've primarily used the solution for private storage. 

It is used as a Cinder backend for an OpenStack cloud and for NFS storage and as block storage.

What is most valuable?

It's fairly easy to use. You can teach yourself. I'm mostly Googling to find my answers.

Its flexibility and ability to configure volumes is its most valuable aspect. I have no problem configuring the product for different kinds of use cases and configuring throughput or configuring some kind of logical volumes and so on. It's pretty easy to configure flex volumes on the NetApp solutions that I use. 

The scalability is okay. 

Integration with other NetApp solutions and merging them is manageable.

The initial setup is pretty easy.

The stability has been very good.

What needs improvement?

I'm not sure how easy it is to use on the cloud versus on-prem. If they have different user experiences, they should work to make the two as similar as possible to make it easy for a user to understand both even if they only deal mainly with one.

For how long have I used the solution?

I'm working on part-time contracts for future deployment and therefore I've been using the product for maybe six months. Not just using it, but setting it up and so on.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. it's reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution scales quite well. If a company needs to expand its usage, it can.

We do have plans to increase storage usage in the future. However, it's not my decision. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never reached out to technical support. We've never needed assistance at that level. Usually, I can find anything I need online. Therefore, I can't speak to how helpful or responsive they are. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not too difficult. It's also easy to set up different scenarios if you need to and use them for various use cases. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I didn't order NetApp and I didn't make the decision to buy any kind of storage solution. I'm just a developer of a storage solution that uses NetApp. In my current organization, my employment is not limited to NetApp and using NetApp. I can't speak to the exact pricing.

What other advice do I have?

For NetApp, my personal experience is as an integrator, however, can't speak to if we are using NetApp at the moment in our company. There are some other kinds of storage solutions, however, it's not currently NetApp. Personally, I have experience with NetApp, however, not in my current company.

I use it in the cloud solution. It is on-premise, however, it's on-prem in an enterprise cloud solution for enterprise purposes. It's located in some kind of private cloud solution.

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. I'm mostly been happy with the product so far.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Systems Engineer Systems Engineering & Adm. at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Enables us to add storage none disruptively and has great uptime
Pros and Cons
  • "Very stable and very scalable."
  • "The hardware does not last as long as it could with new software."

What is our primary use case?

It back ends some ESXi through NFS shares. I think our database people use it some as well and we have SnapMirror. We've done snapshots for a long time and I found pretty good value there. SnapMirror, we just started using probably about six months ago. SnapMirror replaced MDMP and it's a lot faster. I mean we get backups off-site way quicker than we did with MDMP and MDMP is going to go away in about, I'd say a couple of months. I would say it's probably impactful of probably somewhere in the 1,000 to 5,000 users.

What needs improvement?

The one thing I've noticed with NetApp when you buy hardware and you can use it for a while and then you have to get new hardware. I wish the hardware would last a little bit longer. Instead, in three to five years, you have to get rid of it because the latest software won't run on it. So the upgrade cycle is kind of expensive. I think Flash is always good, NVMe, that's good. Dedupe and compression improvements always help.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using NetApp Private Storage for over three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I'd say it's the best we've got. In terms of quality and uptime, it is the thing to have. We consider it to be top-shelf.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've always been very impressed with being able to add storage none disruptively. We've always been able to do that.

How are customer service and technical support?

I think they're top grade. We have always had a good experience with NetApp.

How was the initial setup?

We've had third party support pretty much the whole way.

What about the implementation team?

We've had third party support pretty much the whole way. Slate has helped us quite a bit over the years. We're hoping to get away from that, but I don't know how much of that we can do based on our abilities, our in house abilities. In the past, it's been sort of like one to one and a half, plus we probably hire a quarter FTE of an integrator or a vendor.

What other advice do I have?

I would say compare with whatever is out there. I think that NetApp makes a quality product. I would rate it at a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, good technical support, and priced reasonably
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is stable."
  • "The solution could improve by having better support experts. For example, they do not have clear instructions on configuration."

What is our primary use case?

NetApp Private Storage is used for storing files and replication.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by having better support experts. For example, they do not have clear instructions on configuration.

In the next release, they can improve by having inline deduplication.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using NetApp Private Storage for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

The performance depends on the sizing and configuration.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have more than 10 customers using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been satisfied with the technical support of NetApp Private Storage.

What about the implementation team?

We have three individuals that do the implementation and maintenance of the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of NetApp Private Storage is similar to other solutions.

There is typically an annual license required for this solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend that because technology is changing it would be best to use a software-defined solution. Here in Thailand, software-defined solutions are slow to come to the market making it more difficult for customers. NetApp has to market the solution better to be able to capture more customers.

If your company has the budget for NetApp Private Storage I would recommend it.

I rate NetApp Private Storage an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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