Angel Barra MadrigalConsultor and Co-founder at OS4IT
Val SondoyiTech Lead at Complete Enterprise Solutions
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Tech support has been absolutely amazing. I think on the technical aspects as well, my staff is able to get great support from the NetApp technical support resources that we have. What I love about NetApp is they have a health care division. At times, it's such an amazing thing because if we have a healthcare-related issue, there's no one better than having prior CIOs from health care organizations that NetApp has hired, and that are part of the health care team, to help out with any of those initiatives and support problems. Support has been absolutely phenomenal."
"This solution has reduced our data center costs because when we went from the 8000 and 3200 series that took us from 20 racks of storage down to two."
"The solution’s thin provisioning has allowed us to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. We use thin provisioning for everything. We use the deduplication compression functionality for all of our NetApps. If we weren't using thin provisioning, we'd probably have two to times more storage on our floor right now than we do today."
"The most valuable features of this solution are the deduplication and the ability to move data to different clouds."
"The most valuable features of this solution are snapshotting and cloning."
"The overall latency in our environment is very low because it's All Flash and we've got 10 Giga dedicated to the storage network"
"Speed, reliability, ease of use are the most valuable features."
"Our AFF 8040 is currently helping us in terms of response time and speed because it is a flash system. Most importantly, it enables our SQL Cluster to respond to database queries and things a lot faster. It minimizes latency."
"The solution is stable; we've had no problems at all."
"Technical support is very good. I do use it from time to time and it's always excellent."
"It is just as stable as any other high-end solution."
"I think that Dell EMC is one of the best technical support services in Ukraine."
"The setup and installation is much simpler now, because Dell has standardized the configure process."
"The interface is easy to use which makes the product user-friendly."
"In terms of stability, it's good enough. It's okay."
"Performance-wise it's high speed. It's also more stable and scalable."
"The All-Flash models are pretty fast for the vast majority of our remote workloads."
"This solution makes it easy to manage storage, provision new workloads, and scale-up."
"This product is perfect for small, and mid-range customers who need to pay less, but still, get enterprise-level capabilities."
"Integration is easy with this product."
"The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter."
"The total cost of ownership has increased a little."
"We would like to have NVMe on FabricPool working because it broke our backups. We enabled FabricPool to do the tiering from our AFFs to our Webscale but it sort of broke our Cobalt backups."
"Something I've talked to NetApp about in the past is going more to a node-based architecture, like the hyper-converged solutions that we are doing nowadays. Because the days of having to buy massive quantities of storage all at one time, have changed to being able to grow in smaller increments from a budgetary standpoint. This change would be great for our business. This is what my leadership would like to see in a lot of things that they purchase now. I would like to see that architecture continue to evolve in that clustered environment."
"It would be very useful if we could do the NFS to CIFS file transfer, but it is not supported at this time."
"The cost of this solution should be reduced."
"It has not reduced our data center costs. NetApp charges a pretty penny for their stuff."
"We have had issues with CIFS presentations and outages, so if that was removed, we could do seamless upgrades without affecting CIFS presentations. That would be an advantage. That's about the only improvement I can think of."
"We currently use some thin provisioning for our planning system, but we will probably move away from thin provisioning because our Solaris planning system actually has some issues with the thin provisioning and way Solaris handles it, since Solaris uses a ZFS file system. The ZFS file system doesn't like the thin provisioning changing things and it brings systems down, which is bad."
"The lower model, the 3000, should have duplication. It doesn't right now. It's only from 5000 that this is offered, but it depends on the performance. It could be they don't offer it on lower models because the duplication is too much of a burden to the performance."
"The cost of the solution could be better."
"I don't think the solution is very scalable."
"While the price is competitive, in the next release it would be better if they could reduce the fees."
"Compellent comes in the form of a component that's not true of a unified storage platform."
"The connection should be better integrated with the network to offer a better view of the system."
"It's not very efficient anymore. There are better products out there."
"The interface could be improved. It should have an application point of view."
"We would like to see the concept of Storage Groups brought back to this product line."
"This solution would be improved with the addition of flexible raid volumes."
"This product needs to have better integration with enterprise backup solutions and archiving devices."
"Currently, the protocol SNMP is not implemented. That's a problem, as we follow this protocol and I can't check the integrity of this equipment."
"Support Responsiveness & time to fix bugs should be improved."
"The pricing is good."
"It consolidates a lot of our storage into one or two chassis, which makes money savings in our data center."
"We have used the solution’s thin provisioning to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. We use thin provisioning on all of our flash arrays at this point. It gives us the choice to be able to overprovision and take advantage of compression, compaction, and thin provisioning all at the same time. We can get more out of the purchases that we make."
"I would like it to be a lot less expensive, but it's been a very good solution for us."
"The price of the upgrading of the solution is high. I could buy a whole unit of All Flash FAS 300 with a shelf for around $285,000. Yet if I want to add one additional shelf, it'll cost me $275,000. So they want you to upgrade by replacing it. It's cheaper to buy a whole new unit than to just scale out. The upside is they last. AFF lasts us three or four years. So that's a good investment."
"It definitely reduces costs because it simply takes less power to run these systems. While the SSDs don't take power, they are in general very big right now. So, the running cost has decreased for a lot of our customers."
"One of the reasons we like this solution is that all of the features are included with the one license."
"We would like it to be free."
"The pricing of this solution is competitive."
"The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive."
"Support typically depends on the array. It can range anywhere from $7,000 to a couple of hundred thousand dollars."
"This product is too expensive compared to others, and I don't see any value in using it."
"Pricing depends on varying life cycles."
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