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NetApp HCI Pros and Cons

NetApp HCI Pros

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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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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EH
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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DL
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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Chief Information Officer at Lucart
The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option.
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PC
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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JB
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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SH
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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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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PH
Network Professional at a aerospace/defense firm with 501-1,000 employees
The ease of deployment is a positive feature that allows us to scale easily.
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NetApp HCI Cons

Vice President at Hardwood International Corp
I would like to see the implementation process improved.
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Pre-sales Solution Architect at SHI international corp
It is easy to install now, but could potentially be even simpler.
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EH
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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DL
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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Chief Information Officer at Lucart
Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash.
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PC
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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JB
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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SH
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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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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PH
Network Professional at a aerospace/defense firm with 501-1,000 employees
It would be nice to have better access to tutorials and a test environment for simulations.
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Learn what your peers think about NetApp HCI. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: October 2021.
540,884 professionals have used our research since 2012.