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Researched Dell EMC Unity XT but chose NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS): Improved performance of backup and restore, with good data protection features
Researched Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System but chose Dell EMC Unity XT: Our users don't have any technical needs because it's up and running
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Data efficiency is the most valuable feature because of the dedupe and compression."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to do QoS."
"We have SQL clusters across the United States. It has sped up our IOPS and made it a lot easier for users."
"The most valuable features are the low latency and high-performance."
"The most valuable features are high performance and encryption. It also provides aggregate level dedupe."
"The most valuable features are the IO performance that we get, the cluster part, and the increased workload and performance with the SSDs."
"The most valuable feature, primarily, would be speed. That's why we got it. Storage is costly but it's very, very fast. Very efficient, very fast."
"Replication would be one of the most valuable features."
"We like the way it integrates with our environment. These features help us use multiple soft applications. The new features of going off the grid and replicating really help us. They give us an advantage versus traditional storage resources."
"For me, the most valuable feature is the ease of management."
"It is lightning fast, low on power and heat, and has a small footprint with great performance."
"Unity's are more easily administrated, so we need fewer people to do the administration. We have less overhead because of that."
"We have Dell EMC engineers helping us out and doing some over the shoulder training. They are working with our customer right now doing data migration over to Unities from the legacy Oracle stuff. While they're doing this, they're showing people how the Unities work and the ins and outs of the software interface."
"It gives me the flexibility with its ability to replicate to itself and the ability to use the Dell EMC Cloud as an option. That's always sitting there and waiting if we need it."
"It is pretty stable. I like the stability, because everything works like it should. We made it all redundant. So, we don't have anything to worry about."
"A lot of the Unisphere interfaces are greatly improved in terms of monitoring capabilities, alerting, and ease of use. Setting up the storage and the file system are all just a few clicks away."
"It's actually shaking hands with the workflow solutions much better than any other storage."
"I would like to see aggregate level encryption in the next release. This is critical."
"I would like them to roll in global monitoring instead of having to buy another product for it."
"The initial setup was a little complex, because we weren't very knowledgeable in the NetApp at the time. We were using a third-party, and they didn't have a lot of technical individuals, so it took a while to get it out."
"We'd like to see improvement in the time to retrieve from the Cloud, whether it's on-prem to cloud and whether it's public or private cloud."
"We don't have many issues related to the appliance itself. In terms of the OS, we do get some hiccups here and there."
"The system is pretty stable but most of the ONTAP versions are not really stable. There have been multiple bugs in different ONTAP versions."
"It's a little behind on security. It's starting to get into multi-factor authentication, they just started to introduce it but not for all products."
"The SRA stuff that intergrades with SRM is a problem point. It's a pain point. The support personnel aren't always knowledgeable on that product. At times, they are not even aware what product is supported and what is not, when one has been deprecated and there is a new one out, and what the bug fixes of the newer version are."
"We would like an AI feature that would protect the backup and minimize the consumed space so we can maintain the quality of the backup. This would help us minimize our IT cost in terms of the backup procedures."
"There's always room for improvement with the UI. That can be a little cumbersome at times."
"As the solution continues to grow and gain more traction, things will come up that will just continue to deepen the integration between VMware, vCenter, and all those other components. Anything in the divisibility there and additional tools is always great."
"We went to the PowerMax because of the needs that we have for the business. We're doing true enterprise-level storage. So we went from Unity to PowerMax to give us that tier that we were looking for."
"What I'd like to see is a little more detail on the networking side. I can go into where it's showing me the replication, but when I go into the network it just gives me broad-based information. I don't know which replication job is actually feeding it. I have to go in and rely on other apps."
"I would like to have secure mobile connectivity going forward. This would help me be more proactive."
"We noticed in the last release of code that there were some inefficiencies around getting our data efficiency up in terms of dedupe and compression."
"If you compare it with VMAX, where we communicate with the box through Solutions Enabler and there are a lot of commands and a lot of flexibility, the command line for Unity needs to enhanced."
"It has to be flexible according to the customer's requirements. It has to be aligned with the customer business and the business environment."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"Disk level encryption is already in the solution, but it is very costly. Its pricing should come down."
"From an application standpoint, we have seen a lot of return investment on the speeds and responsiveness of the actual storage."
"The total cost, the pricing of it, has gone up quite a bit."
"Our TCO decreased significantly because we were paying maintenance on nine different arrays throughout the country. We've condensed those down to three arrays, and our maintenance fees from the IBM product dropped by over a half million dollars a year, saving us $500,000 USD."
"Our TCO has increased by 15 to 18 percent."
"Using NetApp, our total cost of ownership decreased by 17%."
"With other options, you need to buy a couple of different products to achieve the same outcome."
"The pricing is good."
"Just from an overall power and heating usage, it costs substantially less than some of our existing solutions"
"We bought extended warranties out of the box because our customer has a bad habit of managing warranties."
"While it has a good price to start, they could always make it cheaper."
"It scales, but then you have to buy additional stuff."
"With the large Unity that we bought, it has saved us about one and a half rack space. That's our return on investment on our flash array. We also need less Fibre Channel connectivity."
"The return on the investment was simply speeding up our entire vSphere stack, which allowed our developers and engineers to get their workloads done faster and simpler. We were experiencing VM snapshot times of 45 minutes to two or three hours, and it shrunk it down to under five minutes."
"Our costs are roughly $200,000 a year."
"The solution is extremely functional for the price that we pay for it. It is worth the investment."
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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Well, Is one thing NetApp Storage has vs other brand is the mix of protocol CIFS with NFS booth working together in the… more »
Top Answer: We reduced our floor space by reducing 44 racks units to four rack units. It has helped us with our data center… more »
Top Answer: We don't like the cost. We would like to buy more.
Top Answer: Many insightful answers already provided. I would just add the following based on my experience. With so many… more »
Top Answer: This question may be moot now. Oracle EOL'd FS1 and RIF'd most of the FS1 staff a while ago. While both ZFS (now ZFS7)… more »
Top Answer: It's actually shaking hands with the workflow solutions much better than any other storage.
Top Answer: There are always bottlenecks for many other storages. I don't know about this Oracle, for specifically Oracle but… more »
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Also Known As
|NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS||EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity|
NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud. Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.
Dell EMC Unity, powered by Intel Xeon processors, delivers the ultimate in simplicity and value, enabling your organization to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud.
Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms optimize SSD performance and efficiency, with fully integrated SAN and NAS capabilities. Cloud-based storage analytics and proactive support keep you available and connected.
The Oracle FS1-2 flash storage system, Oracle’s premier preferred SAN storage solution, delivers enterprise-grade storage capabilities that are optimized for flash media and coengineered with Oracle software. Using the Quality of Service Plus (QoS Plus) feature, the Oracle FS1-2 flash storage system places data across flash and disk storage to maximize performance, efficiency, and cost based on usage profiles and business priorities. The Oracle FS1-2 flash storage system takes application-engineered storage to a new level by providing out-of-the-box tuned storage provisioning profiles for Oracle Database and key applications, including Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange, and VMware support including VAAI. With the Oracle FS1-2 flash storage system, you can consolidate storage while achieving predictable performance for multiple diverse workloads in enterprise computing or multitenant environments.
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Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm20%
Computer Software Company41%
Comms Service Provider17%
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