NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Review

Good capacity and management software, but it comes at a high price


What is our primary use case?

We are a tech services company and this is one of the solutions that we provide for our clients. We also use this ourselves.

Personally, we use this as a unified SAN solution. Our clients use it for CCTV and media applications. For example, one of our clients uses this to handle video data for game development. Depending on the customer and their requirements, we will configure an all-flash storage solution for them.

What is most valuable?

The capacity is very good and better than in past models.

The management software is very good. It supports reporting and different policies that are useful.

What needs improvement?

The price of the All Flash solution is very high.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with the NetApp All Flash Arrays for the past two and a half years. In total, I have been working with NetApp for almost six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The All Flash Array is stable and highly available.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable and you can just add more storage.

How are customer service and technical support?

We are satisfied with the NetApp technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is simple. Compared to solutions in the past, it is very simple.

What about the implementation team?

I have done three All Flash deployments with the help of my team for different clients.

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

This is an enterprise-level solution and the costs are very high. Adding more capacity will increase the cost.

What other advice do I have?

NetApp All Flash is a system that I recommend for a rapid storage solution. It is good for organizations such as banks and media companies.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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