NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Reviews

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Alberto Alberti
Reseller
Senior System Engineer at ICTeam
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

What I really like about this solution is that it is easy to use and the implementation was straightforward. The availability is another feature that stands out for me, as it offers a variety of ways… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The NetApp EF-Series gave our organization easy access to our databases. What's great about this solution is that it speeds up our data store because it is a cheap solution for flash performances.

What needs improvement?

One thing that may need to improve is the software monitoring as it is based on a work station that is serviced to give support to the management. The manager may not be as fast on board the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our license is fully integrated now, so we don't have any additional payments. We do use volume cryptography, but I believe it is free.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our client used another solution before but they found that the NetApp EF-Series is much faster when it comes to performance. And they saved a lot of money with the cost of the fast drives.

What other advice do I have?

I will rate this solution a nine out of ten because it has limited storage. Before you take on a project, you must know how much storage you need, but once you focus on the system, it will give you… more»
Real User
CTO
Sep 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The main advantage of this solution is performance. This solution does not have any compression or deduplication, but instead gains better performance through concurrency.

What needs improvement?

We cannot share data in what is described as a trunk port, which is a disadvantage. Technical support is an area that needs improvement. In the next release, I would like to have staged access. The administrator would be able to connect to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are not talking about using this for all of our data storage, as that can be very expensive. We have singular pricing for the solutions we use. Vendors who provide all-flash storage have singular pricing that depends on a couple of… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

If we compare this storage solution with Concurrent, the price is the same, but the performance is much better. The pricing is comparable with other competitors and similar in mid-range solutions, and for high range solutions, it would… more»
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Real User
IT Storage Specialist - Solutions Architect at Sorint.Lab
Jul 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are those that involve the replication process and mirroring. These are very valuable for safeguarding data.

How has it helped my organization?

The product allows us to configure and manage the services we choose to provide and to offer the service to the customers. In our organization, there are at least ten people using this solution to service many customers. This solution is dependable for us and our clients and that is what we needed… more»

What needs improvement?

The product might be improved with additional features for encryption. I think they do not do enough with encryption and that would make it more flexible and useful. I would also like to features that better support the product implementation with cloud solutions. If the problem we need to resolve… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. It has various small flaws like not being very scalable, difficult installation, lacking good encryption and better cloud support. However, we use it for what it is currently designed to do. From one to ten, I would say it earns a seven for the… more»
Infotechengine67
Real User
IT Engineer at agiba
Sep 17 2019

What needs improvement?

We need a center related to NetApp in Egypt so that we can deal with them directly. If the pricing of equipment were more discounted in Egypt then it would be better. The implementation could be faster.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing of this solution is competitive with other vendors here in Egypt.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did use another solution prior to this one, and we switched because of the technical support. It had originally started off quite good, but after a while, it was no longer good, which is why we switched.

What other advice do I have?

This storage solution is both stable and scalable, and it works for our needs. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
Omar Capaetti
Real User
Assistant Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Sep 22 2019

What is most valuable?

Being able to partition different virtual volumes of storage is really valuable for us. It is pretty simple to manage.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution allows us to segregate one storage unit from another.

What needs improvement?

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any improvements other than perhaps better integration with some of our Cisco products.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I would probably switch to one of our new HyperFlex environments, which includes everything that we need. Right now with NetApp, we have to manage the storage and computer networking separately. With the HyperFlex solution, we could manage… more»

What other advice do I have?

The more you can make it integrate into one solution, the better it is. It is less of a headache than having to configure three or four different things. One solution and one GUI is just the way to go. I would rate the solution about seven… more»
MaximChepukov
Real User
Engineer at ALC Vitalyur
Aug 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.

What needs improvement?

The pricing could be cheaper and it should have documentation in more languages, specifically, Russian. They should develop faster building for the next release.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The prices are average but in the last year we bought three of these and it was expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a nine out of ten. In order to make it a ten, they should make the price cheaper. I would recommend it. It is very stable, fast, and offers good support. It fits our needs. We don't have issues with it. If you need a stable solution, you should choose NetApp. We have two NetApp… more»
Максим Чепуков
Real User
Engineer at ALC Vitalyur
Sep 21 2019

What do you think of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays?

What is most valuable?

The stability, speed, and reliability are the solution's best features. The information is also very secure. The user interface is very intuitive.

What needs improvement?

For us, in our country, the solution is a bit expensive. They should try to work on a better pricing model for our market. NetApp could improve the speed of the rebuilding rate.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I'm satisfied with technical support. I've called them several times and they were very good.  

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very easy. Deployment only took one or two…

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What is NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays?

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.

Also known as
NetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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