NetApp HCI Review

Offers the possibility of modular scaling and it is easy to use


What is most valuable?

What I really like about this solution is that it is a global facility and that the technology is provided by HCI. I like the possibility of modular scaling regarding your computer and the integration to continuation alignments.

What needs improvement?

I would like to have more variety, like GPU cards.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using NetApp HCl for about three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I haven't experienced any bugs, glitches or crashes, so it is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is great because it can scale independently. It's the best in its class when it comes to scalability. Our usages vary between 300 and a few thousand users.

How are customer service and technical support?

When we tested the support system, they offered maximum support. The connection time was fast and they answered all my questions regarding integration to server environments. 

How was the initial setup?

The complexity or ease of the initial setup will depend on the specific customer. The deployment shouldn't take longer than about 15 to 30 minutes if everything runs smooth.

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

All the licenses are included when you buy the program.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated and looked at other options. It depends on the customer, but we looked at something for our customer who had certain requirements for models and formulas regarding the criteria. The customer asked me to look at the most suitable solution for him.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others would be to test it and buy it if does what they want it to do. Everybody has to take care of themselves regarding this, and only they can decide if this is the best solution for their use case or not. There is no way that I can say that this will be the answer to all your problems. It would be ridiculous. In my opinion, HCI is a good product, easy to use and scalable. 

In the next version, I would like to see bigger GPU types and synchronous mirror between sites including transparent failover because in Germany or Europe it's quite common. Out of ten, my rating will be an eight.

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