AlirezaDanestehpoorSenior Storage Engineer at Hyundai autoever
Chetan WoodunSenior Consultant at a tech services company
Anonymous UserIT Storage Specialist - Solutions Architect at Sorint.Lab
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 initial setup was straightforward."
"The solution has improved our organization by speeding up our operations."
"The most valuable feature is the availability."
"We get a quick response in case any component defaults. We have seen the benefits mostly."
"The solution is easy to scale as needed."
"Excellent and efficient support, and the product is a good price."
"Great value for money."
"Generally stable with good technical support."
"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."
"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 management is not a good feature in all of Huawei products. It's not easy or simple. Huawei has some problems with management and handling storage information from one interface."
"The deployment took a little longer."
"The upgrading process needs improvement. Deploy it and notify the customers when new versions and stuff comes out. I don't think they're doing that well."
"Huawei is not that cheap."
"The technical support has been a let down for us. It's something the company has to work on. We haven't been satisfied with their level of service."
"The user interface is not so user friendly."
"Integration with mainstream solution technologies could be better."
"Could have a more stable, lighter Metro and better logging system."
"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."
"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."
"Pricing is very fair."
"Huawei OceanStor is priced very well but is a bit complicated."
"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."
"Most of my customers pay for the license on a yearly basis. It can be expensive depending on the capacity number."
"They need to improve its pricing. The storage market is dying. So, they need to improve the price because it should reach all people. NetApp is one of the top ones, and they are charging a little bit of royalty as compared to other storage solutions."
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.
OceanStor Dorado V3 is the industry's first all-flash storage that puts NVMe into commercial use. It is specially designed for enterprises' mission-critical businesses, meeting the most-demanding performance and reliability requirements of databases, VDI, server virtualization, and SAP HANA.
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.
Huawei OceanStor is ranked 17th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 10 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 14 reviews. Huawei OceanStor is rated 8.2, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Huawei OceanStor writes "Good management and technical support, but it is not too cheap also". 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". Huawei OceanStor is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, Huawei OceanStor Dorado, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, IBM FlashSystem and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC SC Series and Dell EMC PowerStore. See our Huawei OceanStor vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays report.
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