NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Reviews

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Antwann Rawls
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at Marq Solutions
Oct 24 2017

What is most valuable?

I would have to say performance at this point, because the application it is based on is so diverse. Having low latency is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ideally, the organization is trying reduce the footprint. Our current footprint is all on Lazy Theta and flash hard drives… more»

What needs improvement?

Better support technicians for CAPP.

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

The price is perfect. The price point that we're getting is very competitive in the market. Since we are buying in such a… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Currently, all of our technology is on Legacy FAS systems that are end of life. We have taken the last one we can go to… more»

What other advice do I have?

Take advantage of the node transfers that you can have with the SEs and getting to know them at their level where they are… more»
Real User
System Administrator at a hospitality company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 23 2017

What is most valuable?

It's pretty easy. If you ever have to add another target, it's pretty easy to go through, you just add a new one, map the drives out to our ESXi… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's quick. That was our big requirement, it had to be fast enough that there's no latency in our applications between when the end users are… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm not too hands-on with it, so I don't have any major input on things it needs or things it should have. As long as its functionality is there… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I don't think we were previously using a different solution. Our business was finally letting us spend some money on some good hardware and we… more»

What other advice do I have?

Our use case is both corporate storage and for all of our datacenter and back-end enterprise applications. We store it all on the flash, so it's… more»
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Real User
It Team Lead at a tech services company
Oct 15 2017

What is most valuable?

* The management of it is very simple. that is the most valuable feature. * It's been very reliable so far. * Its high… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It increased the speed of our current hosted VMs and their performance. It has provided a little bit of ease on the… more»

What needs improvement?

The management interface, while very reliable, it seems a little old now and could maybe use a little modernization… more»

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

The price point for EF is considerably lower than the alternatives.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using the E2700 and had a lot of performance bound VMs, so that was the goal behind getting this solution.

What other advice do I have?

You can't beat it for the price. With support, everything has been really well. I would say this would be something I… more»
Real User
Platform Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The ease and the simplicity of setting it up. The managing and the administration's quite easy. It's easy to provision the storage.

How has it helped my organization?

It's easier to set up so I don't have to spend a lot of time administering it, and setting it up. Whereas the FAS systems are a little bit more… more»

What needs improvement?

I can't think of any right now. I've only had it for a couple of months.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Nexsan. The requirements of the end user dictated we get a different system from what we already had. We're a big NetApp customer, so we like to… more»

What other advice do I have?

For the E-Series, it's going to be used for parking cameras, for camera storage, security cameras. Because of the functions, for video and the… more»
Real User
Senior Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 01 2017

What is most valuable?

Low latency.

How has it helped my organization?

We use if for low latency, high performance, OLTP database. It's dedicated to a single application. The benefits are better up-time, better… more»

What needs improvement?

It needs a better management tool.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using ONTAP, a FAS system before, and we couldn't deliver the performance that was needed. We were missing our SLAs. We looked at some… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of important criteria when selecting a vendor, and how important consistent low latency is compared with other criteria, I think what's… more»
Jigar Halani
Consultant
Practice Head For Hpc And Big Data at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 31 2017

What is most valuable?

* It provides multi-protocol, which is what gives the edge when it comes to big lineage PC workloads. * It also gives you a very good throughput using the controllers. * It is a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Performance * Reliability The primary use case for our EF-series system is High Performance Computing (HPC) big data analysis. The AF system is dedicated to multiple applications.

What needs improvement?

Our file system sitting on a controller. They could improve overall scalability through performance. Denser capacity, which is doable, it is what the competition is doing.

What other advice do I have?

Go for NetApp. It has the better stability.

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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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