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Sean Henry
Real User
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features that the HCI brought was power, simplicity, and flexibility. I don't have a staff of hundreds, I have a staff of seven. We're providing support for three companies across… more»

How has it helped my organization?

If my people are chasing issues on old hardware, and in the weeds, we're not doing anything that management sees as value. They don't see any value in email being up, they expect email to be up. This… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

We had a project that was overdue by about two years, that couldn't get the performance that it needed. The vendor couldn't spec what we needed. The most valuable feature would be the performance. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight. We've only had it since March so I don't have much experience with it but I have no doubt that moving forward it will move up to a nine or ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked into Nutanix, Cisco, and NetApp. We chose this NetApp because one, we already had a relationship with NetApp and I know the quality of their work. Two, the unit was built from the… more»
Sean Henry
Real User
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 23 2018

What is most valuable?

It was designed from the ground up to work together. It’s not disparate technologies that the vendors put together and decided, “These can work together.” It was designed from the ground up to work… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It significantly reduces downtime on two of our assembly lines. In addition, it allowed us to move forward on one of the products that we’re going to use to improve as a company, to potentially allow… more»

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see some additional graphics capabilities because I'd like to look at some virtual desktop integration for CAD software.

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

In the first use case, we weren't getting the performance we needed from the old solution. In the second use case, I had an aging infrastructure that I knew I needed to replace. It was simply finding… more»

What other advice do I have?

Definitely, have a look at this solution. It is simple, and I don't mean "simple" in a negative way. If you're not a company with a staff of hundreds, and most IT departments don't, you need something… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Cisco and Nutanix were the other big ones that we looked at. The reason we didn't go with Cisco, to be honest, was that they made it clear they didn't think a company of our size warranted their… more»
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IT2ced
Real User
IT Specialist at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Nov 06 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its data literacy gives us so much flexibility for our development group to be able to stay on task. * The solution integrates well with all the other applications that we use on our environment. *… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The integration that it has with some of our data recovery tools, like Veeam, has been helpful. We just had an incident where we had to recover the whole company. We were attacked, so it was… more»

What needs improvement?

It is difficult to get acclimated to all the new features quickly. The onboard process could be improved to bring clients up to speed faster.

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

We were not using a previous solution. We had a lot of feedback from our developers that they were trying to improve their DevOps operation. We looked into it, and it made sense. We adopted HCI, and… more»

What other advice do I have?

The solution is a lifesaver. If you ever have some type of disaster and need to recover from it quickly, you can't get any better than this solution. It made all the difference in the world. We are in… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered HPE, Dell EMC, and NetApp.
KevinRapson
Real User
Director at Citrus Consulting
Oct 07 2019

What is most valuable?

We like SnapMirror and we've been using it for many years. We also like the object storage tools, as well as cloud sync for customers wanting to integrate between the cloud and local.

What needs improvement?

I'm pretty happy with the product altogether. I'm pretty much a fan of the product. I think we've started to move more and more into Kubernetes and I think that's an area where we start to grow more I think. Probably the engineering guys would know more than I would what could be improved. From my perspective, I'm happy with the solutions as is. As I said, we'll start getting more and more into… more»

What other advice do I have?

The best thing to do is to make sure that you understand exactly what outcome you're looking for because there's quite a wide range of technologies with NetApp. I believe they cater to all of the different environments, but you need to make sure that you build the solution according to the applications and outcome that you're looking for. I'd rate it as ten of ten, from my perspective.
Real User
Engineering Team at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Oct 24 2018

What is most valuable?

We're trying to move to a much more API-driven management of all of our products, and NetApp's product is, from all the SDS providers we have seen, the most fully-baked API out there.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits for our organization are the performance that we're able to get out of it, as well as the guaranteed minimum performance from a storage perspective. They make life a lot easier to manage… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm not a fan of how they don't log you out properly from some of their web tools for management. There are some little things like that, that they're working on, still. Replication is a big one that… more»

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

We're trying to move away from Fibre Channel as our primary storage method, so moving to the SolidFire HCI product is a step in that direction.

What other advice do I have?

Take a look at the guaranteed minimum QoS's that you can push out to the LOBs or the people who are using it, and the API as well. We don't use Data Fabric for hybrid or multi-clouds. We are trying to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell EMC ScaleIO, their Ready Node stuff. And I think some of my peers evaluated Hedvig and some other SDS providers. We went for NetApp because of the API functionality that they really… more»
Real User
Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 22 2018

What is most valuable?

* Reduced floor space * Low cost of operations * Reduced manpower

How has it helped my organization?

It has automated a lot of workloads. It has automated us from ticketing a large number to a very small number. Our legacy environment with the application base has improved. It also helps us with self-healing technology, which HCI is good… more»

What needs improvement?

* Application consistency restorations * More database support * More application-based features There are some legacy applications which still cannot be migrated. That is why we have to keep two environments: legacy and the new one. We… more»

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

There are the overall infrastructure costs. Even though the initial costing was higher, we calculated for year-to-year for five years. That brought us into a position where we decided, we have to go for HCI rather than having distributor… more»

What other advice do I have?

Go explore the market. Don't just go with one vendor. Try to explore different options, because every environment is different. Test and do a lot of PoCs. The solution is growing, and it's good. We use HCI to help leverage microservices… more»
Madhan Maddineni
Real User
SAN Engineer at American Express
Nov 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the convergence. If we were to go with a legacy SAN solution, SAN fabrics, we would have two independent data fabrics. With hyperconverged, we can have two separate… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Every company runs on IOPS, bandwidth, and latency. Five or ten years ago, we didn't have much bandwidth and the latency wasn't great because of packet loss with the LAN technologies. Now, Ethernet… more»

What needs improvement?

To improve the product, they should make it more flexible.

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

We were forced to move from our old product to the new product because of the lifecycle of the product. It expired after five or six years. Once we reached the end of the lifecycle, we had to move to… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the solution a nine out of ten. I love HCI. It is a cost-effective solution and it is the future as well.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell EMC, Hitachi, and HPE.
Reseller
System Engineer with 201-500 employees
Oct 06 2019

What is most valuable?

It's an all-flash solution. NetApp guarantees 3-to-1 or more than 3-to-1 It depends on the type of information. Each node guaranteed performance, around 50K IOPS per node.

How has it helped my organization?

* Predictability. One of the biggest challenges in any data center is delivering predictable results, especially in the face of proliferating applications and workloads. Any time you have multiple applications sharing the same… more»

What needs improvement?

The price should be lowered. It's a little expensive. NETAPP HCI's solution is placed high in terms of its price. The solution is aimed to Enterprise and SMB\SME organizations that require guaranteed performance in high capacity in minimum… more»

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

It depends on the capacity & computes requirement of the solution which is require

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a ten out of ten. It has a lot of solutions because you can do replication with Legacy storage nodes with NetApp and to the cloud.
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