- Easy to manage.
- It's quick. It's very fast.
- We've been getting something like 27-to-1 compression, so it's been really good.
Because of the speed and storage efficiency, we have no complaints from the customer and we don't have to buy as much space, because we can compress it.
I know we're looking at cloud solutions, so maybe if they have something cloud-based, that might be something. It could be important soon. Right not it's not but it could change soon for us.
We haven't had any down-time yet. So far the disks are really reliable, so I'm happy about that.
We haven't had to buy any new flash for a while because of the compression. So far, being able to compress the data has been able to help us save money on buying more disks.
I haven't had to use it yet. I've been able to do it myself so far.
NetApp's been responsive on other issues. So far, on the flash side, I haven't had any issues to have to call them.
We needed something quick for our SQL DBAs, so that was the recommended path that we take, and it's been great so far.
We were using the 600 Gig drives, regular SCSI drives, and they weren't fast enough. We switched because of the complaints of how slow the disk worked prior to us moving over to the flash.
We had a vendor help us, but it seemed like it was pretty straightforward.
Our primary use case is for SQL databases. We use it for block storage.
We are more likely to consider NetApp for a mission-critical storage system, based on our experience, because of the speed. We have a cluster, so the high availability. Those are the two.
Most important criteria when selecting a vendor:
Those are the two, my major factors.
To a colleague in another company who's researching a similar product I would say, "Go for it." If they don't want to be woken up in the middle of the night saying their backups are slow, they've got to go with the fast disks.