NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Review

High availability, easy to deploy, and provides ability to assign performance margins to specific workloads


What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as storage for our application server. It is used in the virtualized environment in our data center. It hosts our critical applications such as databases and our critical application workload.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to set a specific margin of performance to a specific workload. This feature is unique to this vendor and the competitors do not have it.

What needs improvement?

I would like to have the ability to replicate data between All Flash and other NetApp storage systems.

Better monitoring should be implemented.

For how long have I used the solution?

I began working with NetApp All-Flash Arrays about two years ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is very stable. We use it for our critical workloads and it is used on a daily basis.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. We have more than 500 users in our company.

We also have plans to extend its capacity.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been in touch with technical support and I would rate them an eight out of ten.

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

We did not use another enterprise-level storage solution before this one. We switched to NetApp All-Flash arrays because of the high availability and the ability to assign specific margins of performance to individual workloads.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy. It includes a very good Cisco NetApp deployment engine that makes it very simple.

What about the implementation team?

We did the installation on our own.

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

This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive.

What other advice do I have?

For anyone who has critical workloads like Oracle databases or DB2, NetApp All-Flash Arrays will suit their needs, as long as it fits within their budget.

I would rate this solution a nine 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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