NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Review

Good performance, easy to operate and maintain, with good support

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution for databases.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the performance of the database access.

It's simple in operating and for maintenance. Also, they provide a warranty for the I/O output.

What needs improvement?

All-Flash is made by Solid State Disk, it's not like HDD or spinning disk.

The price is important, and we would like to have it less expensive.

Better integration with other brands is important so we would like to see it easier to integrate.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately one year.

We are using one of the older versions, with a capacity of 12 TB.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable. All-Flash has drives that are very stable. If dropped it's not broken. It's not the same as a hard drive and the old-style hard drive. It won't be damaged by a power surge.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 50 users, some are administrators and others are different businesses.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. If we have some issues, especially from NetApp, they give us an early warning system. When there is a potential error, it will come up and let us know immediately that it will occur. This prevents it from crashing.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

It's very simple to run the application and run the database. It's more measurable with little to no variables.

It took less than a week to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

We did not use an integrator, we used the resources from our company. We have a team of five engineers to deploy and maintain this solution.

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

NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is an expensive product.

What other advice do I have?

I will continue to use this solution. I think that the technology is still the latest one. 

If there is more development storage technology in the future with other venders then I will consider using another solution.

Depending on the business needs, there are variables to consider with the expense. It's still worth purchasing as the support is good and also the performance is very good.

Some of the engineers are still considering changing to a cheaper solution but they worry that the support and maintenance will not be as good.

I would recommend this solution. From my experience, this is still the best product available.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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