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"The features that I found most valuable are SnapMirror and SnapVault; these provide DR and backup for data redundancy.""The valuable features are the fabric pool. We are taking our cold data and pumping it straight into an estuary bucket. Also, efficiency. We're getting about two and a half times upwards of data efficiency through compaction, compression, deduplication, and it's size. When we refreshed from two or three racks of spinning discs down into 5U of rack space, it not only saved us a whole heap of costs in our data center environment but also it's nice to be green. The power savings alone equated to be about 50 tons of CO2 a year that we no longer emit. It's a big game changer.""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"

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"The deduplication features and the graphical user interface (GUI) of the solution are the most valuable to me.""The initial setup is straightforward. Deployment takes about a day.""It is very easy to use.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the price to performance ratio.""The majority of our customers find this solution simple to use.""This is a stable product that we can use for DR in production."

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"This is an all-flash storage array. It is the best solution for large batch processing. There are some customer databases that have tens of millions of records in one large database. That's where VIOLIN performs the best. VIOLIN stands out for million of IOPS with ultra-low latency. VIOLIN can provide about two million IOPS in a 3U unit. We have a latency of less than one millisecond."

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"I would like to see an improvement in the high availability of the NFS and CIFS sharing during upgrade and patching; this would help to avoid downtime.""I would like for them to develop the ability to detach the fabric pool. Once you've added it to an aggregate it's there for life and it would be nice to disconnect it if we ever had to.""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."

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"An area of this product that has room for improvement is the NAS capability.""The speeds of the disks themselves need to be faster. The disks are not flash. When we opened our hard drive from the inclusion, I saw a converter, and it's not entirely flash.""The initial setup was very complex.""This solution does not support VMware VVols 2.0.""There are some limitations to this product because they do not have unified storage.""If they implement a backup solution directly into the OceanStor then it will be a valuable feature."

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"Its overall usability can be improved. It takes some time to know small things here and there to make sure it is working properly."

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"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.""We benefited from implementing all-flash by reducing our data center footprint. We took it from 30 racks to just over five. This is one of the biggest savings for us.""One of the reasons we like this solution is that all of the features are included with the one license."

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"The pricing is very competitive.""There are lots of features included with this solution and some of them require additional licensing, such as creating high availability storage using a cluster.""There are some costs in addition to the standard licensing fees, depending on the requirements.""This product is not too expensive, and the price is competitive on the market."

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"Software licensing is a part of the hardware. There is no separate software license. When you purchase the hardware, it has everything included. It has a one-time initial purchase fee. There is also the annual maintenance and the support maintenance cost. Support and maintenance are a part of the new hardware during the initial one year or three years. After that, support and maintenance are optional."

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NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FASOceanStor Dorado V3 All-Flash Storage System
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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.

Huawei's OceanStor Dorado V3 all-flash storage is the ideal choice for enterprises' mission-critical business. It is the industry's first commercial use of NVMe all-flash storage, and it delivers high-performing, reliable, and efficient storage services.

Quartet™ is the name of VIOLIN’s software-driven flash storage product portfolio. Quartet™ helps customers access and use more of their data, while reducing the complexity and expense of managing the infrastructure behind it. The Quartet Platform was purpose-built to the highest industry standards and has four components:

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Sample Customers
Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra GroupTelecom Italia, Hi3G Sweden, KPNBlueScope Buildings, GameVil, VRT, IKYU Corporation
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company16%
Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Retailer8%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider22%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider49%
Computer Software Company20%
Financial Services Firm5%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise79%
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Huawei OceanStor Dorado is ranked 15th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews while VIOLIN QV2020 is ranked 22nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 1 review. Huawei OceanStor Dorado is rated 8.4, while VIOLIN QV2020 is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Huawei OceanStor Dorado writes "Easy to manage, easy to provision storage, and it is a good price to performance ratio". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VIOLIN QV2020 writes "Best for large batch processing and stands out for million of IOPS and ultra-low latency". Huawei OceanStor Dorado is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, IBM FlashSystem, Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas VIOLIN QV2020 is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Nimble Storage, Dell EMC Unity XT and IBM FlashSystem.

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