Anonymous UserChief General Manager at a energy/utilities company
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"No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center."
"The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available."
"They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth."
"The scalability is great, because it can scale independently."
"It's an all-flash solution. NetApp guarantees 3-to-1 or more than 3-to-1. It has guaranteed performance, like 15K IOPS per node."
"We like SnapMirror and we've been using it for many years. We also like the object storage tools, as well as cloud sync for customers wanting to integrate between the cloud and local."
"It allows me to move a VM set and require extra performance. I can easily move them onto it and have it just run."
"When you are doing lifecycles for your equipment, you can just swap out pieces of equipment. We used to do one big iron to another big iron, and that's a major migration hassle. Whereas, with this environment, you can go with small nodes, one at a time, and do a refresh."
"It is easy to set up, and you don't have to do much work to get it to do what it needs to do."
"It has reduced our hypervisor footprint by around 20%."
"The NetApp Deployment Engine that comes with it makes the actual deployment and usage very easy. That's our primary focus and it's hyper-converged. That's something that we want to use as well."
"Upgrades are carried out manually."
"Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."
"Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage."
"In the next version I would like to see bigger GPU types and insurance for including transparency."
"The price should be lowered. It's a little expensive."
"It would be great if they took something like kernel storage and integrated straight into the NetApp as well."
"Because I like block mode, I'd like to see SAN connectivity. I would like to be able to easily put it into my current environment."
"There have been some drive type of issues where we have to apply a new code level. Storage nodes kick certain drives until they act as though they have failed when really they haven't. You just have to reinsert them, then they go on about their happy way. It's sort of a bug."
"I would like to see a better upgrade process, like the one that ONTAP has."
"HCI has not enabled us to consolidate workloads or break down silos and has not increased application performance. It has also not resulted in more efficient use of compute resources."
"The deployment process has room for improvement. I would like for it to be a cookie-cutter deployment."
"There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
"All the licenses are included when you buy the program."
"You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point."
"This solution reduced our maintenance costs. We were going to have to pay one to two million dollars to put in compute nodes. We are avoiding those costs."
"Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee."
"The licensing fees are renewed annually."
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Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 20th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 22 reviews. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 7.4, while NetApp HCI is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes writes "A unified support structure is an important asset; manual upgrades should be automated". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "A strong and efficient product that can scale storage and compute independently". Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VMware vSAN, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Sangfor HCI, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI. See our Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs. NetApp HCI report.
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