NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Review

We reduced database queries from 32 hours on HP EVA to less than 10 with this, but monitoring and management handling in enterprise environments could be improved.


What is most valuable?

It's fast! It can perform one million IOPS.

How has it helped my organization?

The database queries on our old system (HP EVA) took nearly 32 hours, but on the new one in under 10.

What needs improvement?

Monitoring and management handling in enterprise environments could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've used it for one year for our Oracle database.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We've had no problems deploying it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had no problems with stability. It runs consistently.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has scaled to our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer support issues have normally been cleared up in one business day, so it's been really great.

Technical Support:

Normal issues like performance problems and parts replacement are infrequent and are taken care of quickly.

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

We previously used HP EVA, which was slow and old. We switched from HP to NetApp because the customer got a 7-Mode FAS for a different situation and asked what he could do about the slow speed of his EVA. We recommended EF.

How was the initial setup?

In two hours, it was up and running.

What about the implementation team?

I implement it for our customers.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At first, we thought we could expand the 7-Mode FAS for our client, but the workload was not matching to the system, so we chose the EF.

What other advice do I have?

If you need very low IOPS and throughput and an easy to install and stable solution, then this is the perfect one for you.

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