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"The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, so we get more out of our storage. The replication is also important.""It's very stable. It's always there when we need it. With the Dual Controller, if one drops out, the other one comes right online. We don't use any iSCSI so there is a little bit of a latency break but, over the NFS, we don't notice that switch-on. We can do maintenance in the middle of the day, literally rip a whole controller out of the chassis, and do what we need to do with it.""With the new version, they have the FabricPool which works for me. I can extend the hyperscaler storage.""Batch times went from approximately seven hours down to about two and a half. Functionality during the day, such as taking or removing snapshots and cloning instances, is higher than it has ever been.""Setting up storage for an application (storage provisioning) is quick and easy. Maybe a quarter of the time is now spent getting the application up and running, or even less.""The initial setup was very straightforward. It was intuitive to set up storage volumes and get the networking functioning. Their engineer was very helpful. We got the current array on our production site the very same day it was shipped in. We had it up on the network and started to put some storage on it.""Over the past 18 years, it has been extremely easy to upgrade to newer products and technology. We can upgrade as we move along. So, we have been able to keep up with the newest technology with zero downtime.""We have never had a failure. We can upgrade as we move along with zero downtime."

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"Our customers have given very positive feedback about InfoSign, which is the management software for this solution.""In my opinion, HPE is making good progress and moving ahead with InfoSight, which is predictive analytics and artificial intelligence.""One of the most valuable features is the ease of deployment."

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"The NetApp EF-Series gave our organization easy access to our data bases.""The replication and mirroring features are very good.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.""This storage solution is both stable and scalable, and it works for our needs.""The stability, speed, and reliability are the solution's best features. The information is also very secure.""The solution allows us to segregate one storage unit from another.""The main advantage of this solution is performance.""Rapid deployment, easy integration management and cloning of areas."

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"I would like to see a little more flexibility in customizing some of the SnapMirror stuff. We have been having a little trouble and, in the first round with tech support, they say, "Well, this is how we do it." It's not exactly throttled but it's limited in the number of connections it makes. We would like to be able to tweak that, to increase it a little bit, because we don't have half a dozen large areas that we are protecting, we have more like 40 or 50 areas. They run into each other a little bit and I don't want to spend time on them.""It would be great if they had a single pane of glass or a single dashboard where all the NetApp ecosystem storages could be viewed and monitored simply. That would help my Operations.""I just got through the session where it looks like they are going to support Oracle running on Linux with SnapCenter. That is one of the main things that we are hoping to get integrated.""I would like to see if they could move the virtual storage machines. They have integrated a DR, so you can back to your DR, but there's no automated way to failover and failback. It's all manual. I'd like to see it all automated.""We only had a few upgrade issues.""I've had a few cases where support wasn't able to answer the question or they took quite a while.""A while ago, they performed quite slowly.""Implementation needs to be improved."

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"This solution would be expensive for small business and it could be priced more competitively for that market.""The interface needs to be more user-friendly in that sense that installation and management are still a bit on the high end.""On the hardware side, you should have the ability to expand capacity to larger numbers."

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"This solution has limited storage.""It was difficult to implement and lacks some additional features that would be useful, but as a solution fits a particular need for our organization.""The pricing could be cheaper and it should have documentation in more languages, specifically, Russian.""We need a center related to NetApp in Egypt so that we can deal with them directly.""NetApp could improve the speed of the rebuilding rate.""There could be better integration with some of our Cisco products.""This solution does not have any compression or deduplication.""Their problems are on the software and the controlling of the storage where they lack segmentation and federation."

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"The total cost of ownership has decreased a great deal. As far as percentages, it's hard to gauge, but we did have quite a few personnel staying up, making sure batches ran well every night. Now, batches are being done by 8:00 in the evening, so we don't have to do that anymore. When you start adding the employee hours that we have for people working in the off-hours, and it is not an issue anymore, I suspect TCO might have gone down 25 percent.""Look at the different options that NetApp offers. Look for a model and option which fits your needs correctly. Don't buy a low-end product for a high-end job.""NetApps offers a lot of different options. Just take your time and work with the consulting teams. Lay out what your needs are to ensure you are purchasing what will help you be successful.""We have been able to utilize and leverage equipment which was purchased a decade ago up until this past year. So, we were running disk shells for 13 years and all we were doing was upgrading the filings and controllers, and using the same disk shells. Therefore, we were able to do something where we didn't have to invest that much. Recently, we had to upgrade all our disk shells, but it was a lot less because the technology had changed a lot since those times. It is faster now, and we have SSDs. We have larger drives that are 4TBs and 6TBs. Everything can condense so we are saving disk shell space and rack space. We are paying less now than we did at that time""I would like the pricing to be cheaper.""Our space savings through dedupe and compression is over 50 percent, so we are saving. I think our 8080s has 20TBs. We are saving at least 10TBs and that's over 50 percent of the capacity that we're using.""Always consider whether you can afford the solution.""Our total cost of ownership (TCO) has decreased by 40 percent."

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"The price of this solution is good for medium-sized and large businesses.""From what I see, this is competitively-priced and HPE are doing their best to stay competitive.""The price to capacity ratio is good."

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"The pricing of this solution is competitive with other vendors here in Egypt.""The pricing is comparable with other competitors and similar in mid-range solutions, and for high range solutions, it would depend on our requirements or needs.""Adding more capacity will increase the cost.""This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive.""NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is an expensive product."

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NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FASPrimeraNetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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Overview

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.

HPE introduces HPE Primera, a new storage platform designed to deliver superior simplicity, availability, and performance for mission-critical applications
HPE Primera advances the HPE Intelligent Data Platform, a portfolio of products and solutions designed to help customers transition from delivering storage to unlocking business value with intelligent data

The NetApp EF560 all-flash array is an all-SSD storage system for applications that demand extremely high levels of performance and reliability. Requiring just 2U of rack space, the EF560 all-flash array combines extreme IOPS, microsecond response times, and up to 12GBps of bandwidth with leading, enterprise-proven availability features.

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Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
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RP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei Animation
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Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company13%
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HPE Primera is ranked 14th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 3 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 11 reviews. HPE Primera is rated 9.0, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HPE Primera writes "Easy to deploy, performs well, and the cost-per-capacity is good". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "Doesn't require much maintenance as it's quite easy to use and very robust as a storage system". HPE Primera is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT and NetApp NVMe AFF A800, whereas NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, Dell EMC Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray, SolidFire and IBM FlashSystem.

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