NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Review

Very stable, good performance, much faster than other solutions, and has native cloud integration


What is most valuable?

Its performance is most valuable. This solution is much faster than other as well as older storage solutions. The performance of the system is very good. We are getting 50 times better experience than the older storages. We are using AFF 300. It also has native cloud integration and most of the features.

What needs improvement?

Its pricing should be better. Its price is competitive, but they need to improve the pricing. They have different licensing models, which they need to improve.

My expectation was cloud integration, which they have, but it is a different license. Therefore, people cannot enjoy it. If I want to use it, I need to pay extra. There is a cost involved for everything, but it should reach everyone. It is similar to having a Rolls-Royce, but you need to pay extra for the key. If you want the key, you need to pay.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have around 3,000 users. We plan to increase the usage of this product.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good. I am satisfied with their support.

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

I have been using only NetApp in this company, and it is good. I also have experience with solutions from Hitachi, EMC, Dell, IBM, HP, and others.

How was the initial setup?

It is very easy. It hardly took four hours.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator for deployment, and we are satisfied with the experience.  

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

They need to improve its pricing. The storage market is dying. So, they need to improve the price because it should reach all people. NetApp is one of the top ones, and they are charging a little bit of royalty as compared to other storage solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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