NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays vs. SolidFire

As of June 2019, NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews vs SolidFire which is ranked 7th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 14 reviews. The top reviewer of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "A consistent platform that can take the same amount of data in less amounts of space from our previous solutions". The top reviewer of SolidFire writes "Some of the valuable features are compression, deduplication, and thin provisioning". NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Pure Storage FlashArray. SolidFire is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Pure Storage FlashArray and VMware vSAN. See our NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays vs. SolidFire report.
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Pros
The benefits are better up-time, better response time.It provides multi-protocol, which is what gives the edge when it comes to big lineage PC workloads.I would have to say performance at this point, because the application it is based on is so diverse.The management of it is very simple. that is the most valuable feature.

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The quality of service for minimum iOS, to maximum iOS in a multi-terminal environment is very powerful. The SQL service feature is the best part of SolidFire.Overall performance of the solution.The scalability and being able to implement it quickly.Individual settings you can put on each individual volume, if you want to do that.We can add a node, we add compute, we add storage, and we've had really good luck with that.If we get complaints about any kind of performance metric issues, whether it's storage related or something on the virtual side, we use it to pinpoint what the actual issue is.SolidFire is one of the products that does have great APIs right out-of-the-box. It works great. The tools and the other stuff seem to work a little better right out-of-the-box than the ONTAP stuff does, C-Mode.Being able to provide quality of service as promised.

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It needs a better management tool.They could improve overall scalability through performance. Denser capacity, which is doable, it is what the competition is doing.Better support technicians for CAPP.The management interface, while very reliable, it seems a little old now and could maybe use a little modernization.

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I think there is room for improvement needed with its storage capability. A bigger node is needed.It's a very good Windows-type solution. But we do a lot of legacy systems and the like. So it's getting that incorporated into it that would help us.A little better segregation of the multi-tenancy. Right now, it's just VLAN-specific, that's all you can do.We had some false positives, power supplies failing, and that's really been about it. We had a couple of glitches during some upgrade processes but nothing that was really concerning to us.For example, the ease of use with the reporting. Right now it's not impossible, but you have to know Sequel. It's a little time consuming to get those customized reports in there.They could do a file-based NAS: SolidFire NAS-based. It's probably not its niche, but that is our direction, not to use block, and it's block. Solid state block is what it is.I would like to see integration with the cloud, number one. Being able to spin SolidFire in the cloud.So feature-wise, I would say more reporting tools that could be merged into it.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
he price point that we're getting is very competitive in the market. Since we are buying in such a large quantity, they gave us a huge discount.The price point for EF is considerably lower than the alternatives.

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We would probably use SolidFire more, except we're getting more bang for our buck with our purchases of ONTAP right now, and the deal we made with NetApp, so it's more of just a cost decision

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Also Known As
NetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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Overview

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.

SolidFire delivers all five core elements needed to deliver newfound storage agility to your next generation data center and beyond. With SolidFire you can deploy new applications and capabilities faster, provide more agile and scalable infrastructure, increase application performance and predictability, enable automation and end-user self-service and raise operational efficiency and reduce cost.

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Sample Customers
RP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei AnimationCalifornia Public Utilities Commission, RFA, 1&1, Ultimate Software , Endicia, ezVerify, MercadoLibre, Sungard Availability Services, ServInt, Elastx, Hosted Network, Colt, Crucial, iWeb, Datapipe, Databarracks
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Healthcare Company33%
Media Company27%
Manufacturing Company13%
Hospitality Company7%
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Retailer33%
Comms Service Provider11%
Transportation Company11%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
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Pharma/Biotech Company46%
Transportation Company17%
Financial Services Firm13%
Computer Retailer8%
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