NetApp HCI Pros and Cons

NetApp HCI Pros

Steve Lamesey
Vice President at Hardwood International Corp
This is a strong product and it works very well, and the processes around it continue to grow and mature.
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Ketan-Patel
Pre-sales Solution Architect at SHI international corp
It is a unique product with simplified setup and independent control over storage and compute.
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EdwardHoppe
Senior SAN / Systems Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
When you are doing lifecycles for your equipment, you can just swap out pieces of equipment. We used to do one big iron to another big iron, and that's a major migration hassle. Whereas, with this environment, you can go with small nodes, one at a time, and do a refresh.
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reviewer948963
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
HCI definitely improved how flexible we scale, and our entrance into the cloud. The features are very rich, in terms of both avenues. It's helped us flexibly move and shift our workloads around, back and forth.
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reviewer1223523
Senior Infrastructure Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It is easy to administrate the solution, and the company handles its technical support well.
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reviewer1223565
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the SolidFire interface.
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Sean Henry
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Stability is one of the things we absolutely have to have, because if the HCI is down, our assembly lines are down, and that could potentially lead to our customer being down. If our customer is down, that's $10,000 a minute; and any time the assembly line is down, that could potentially lead to overtime. We don't get to charge one and a half times for something we billed just because you happened to build it on overtime. Any technology we bring in, has to be built for what I call "three in the morning." It can't be built for whenever everybody's in the plant, everybody can watch it, and everybody can babysit. It has to be built for three a.m. when you've got a skeletal staff there, and you just have to know that it's just running. As I stand here, right now, I don't have to check my phone, I don't have to check my email. I know it's running. Period
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Sean Henry
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
In terms of helping us with storage persistence across private and hybrid clouds, we do store data internally and in Azure. It has allowed us to consolidate a number of workloads, across our old NetApp and a number of our older storage arrays, into a single unit and have that unit also working with Azure.
Scalability was another thing I was looking at. The solution, by its very nature, is designed to be expandable and flexible, so you don't have to buy performance you don't need today, but you're also not stuck with something you can't expand.
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Scott-Hansen
Storage Engineer at HS UCI
The most valuable aspects are that it's an all-in-one solution and it's very self-contained.
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PeteNinis
Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature, currently, is the density of the system as hardware. I'm able to leverage the density of the product and remove bigger hardware which requires more space, cooling, and power costs, obviously. There are cost savings, obviously.
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NetApp HCI Cons

Steve Lamesey
Vice President at Hardwood International Corp
I would like to see the implementation process improved.
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Ketan-Patel
Pre-sales Solution Architect at SHI international corp
It is easy to install now, but could potentially be even simpler.
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EdwardHoppe
Senior SAN / Systems Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
There have been some drive type of issues where we have to apply a new code level. Storage nodes kick certain drives until they act as though they have failed when really they haven't. You just have to reinsert them, then they go on about their happy way. It's sort of a bug.
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reviewer948963
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The fact that it doesn't have all the data points we need and all the historical data that I would like. I find that a lot of the performance analysis is done through support, where they have something that we don't have. It would be nice just to have all that on-prem.
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reviewer1223523
Senior Infrastructure Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The product needs better support for installing the operating system on the machine.
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reviewer1223565
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
If you want to have a really dense data center then it's hard to have a big chunk of cabling going through everything.
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Sean Henry
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
I would like to see higher level graphics support because we are going to be doing some virtual desktop for our CAD software, and I want to be able to support AutoCAD and Cantillo on remote desktop machines.
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Sean Henry
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
I'd like to see some additional graphics capabilities because I'd like to look at some virtual desktop integration for CAD software.
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Scott-Hansen
Storage Engineer at HS UCI
I would like for them to fall a little closer to like the VMware release model. The new features and new solutions tend to come from the VMware side. I would like for NetApp to follow along closely with VMware's release schedule.
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PeteNinis
Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
My biggest pain point is the installation part. I would like to see the appliance itself remove the entire switch that goes behind it and figure out how to do all the cluster interconnects within the box itself.
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