NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Review

Enables us to segregate one storage unit from another but it should have better integration with other products


What is our primary use case?

We use NetApp for storage.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution allows us to segregate one storage unit from another.

What is most valuable?

Being able to partition different virtual volumes of storage is really valuable for us. It is pretty simple to manage.

What needs improvement?

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any improvements other than perhaps better integration with some of our Cisco products.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is pretty stable. We haven't had many issues with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I am not very familiar with how well it scales. Ever since I started it's been the same so we haven't really grown into it.

How are customer service and technical support?

I never had to use their technical support, so I don't have any opinion about it.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I would probably switch to one of our new HyperFlex environments, which includes everything that we need. Right now with NetApp, we have to manage the storage and computer networking separately. With the HyperFlex solution, we could manage all three components in one place: storage, computing, and networking. That would be much easier.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

The more you can make it integrate into one solution, the better it is. It is less of a headache than having to configure three or four different things. One solution and one GUI is just the way to go.

I would rate the solution about seven out of ten. It would be closer to ten if it supported integration with other products, not just Cisco.

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