NetApp HCI Scalability

Steve Lamesey
Vice President at Hardwood International Corp
The scalability is very good. This is a very common-sense approach to a platform that didn't exist in the marketplace. NetApp has been able to make it work where you can scale storage and compute independently of each other, and right now they continually push the upper limit of the number of nodes, but the system seems to be sized against most workloads that we see, adequately. So, they're ahead of the curve, and as they continue to push that forward and more people come to the platform, it should continue to be very successful. View full review »
Pre-sales Solution Architect at SHI international corp
It is scalable. You could add more nodes. You have to start out with the minimum number of storage nodes. But then you could scale up as much as you want on just storage or just compute. View full review »
Senior SAN / Systems Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We've grown both compute and storage and do it all online. There are no concerns around scaling. Only in the factor of how large do you scale before hitting limits within VMware and Element OS/Solidfire re: performance and bandwidth (# of channels for IO). View full review »
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Senior Infrastructure Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The solution's ability to scale on-demand affects provisioning in our organization. It is automated provisioning. In the old days, they would need to send an email and request the machine and it would be done manually. But using those catalogs, we can provision automatically. The solution's ability to scale compute and storage independently does not affect capacity performance and upgrade planning in our organization because of what we do. In all, the scalability of the solution seems better than Nutanix. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at Digicert
Scaling this solution is pretty easily done. It's a new chassis or a new node that you plug in and add to the system. There is no downtime. View full review »
Sean Henry
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
It's scalable by design. We put in a compute unit, we've got leftover chassis, we need another one, we stick it in another compute unit. We need a bigger one, we pull the old one out, put a new one in. View full review »
Sean Henry
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
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. View full review »
Storage Engineer at HS UCI
We're in the process of adding a couple of nodes now, we haven't completed that yet. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
From the looks of it, technically speaking, it looks like it can be scalable. But it's always easier said than done, until I actually bring more workloads and add more capacity to the system. View full review »
IT Specialist at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Looking at the future, it will be one of our favorite tools. We will keep growing, and it's something that we want to take along with us for the long-term. View full review »
Network Professional at a aerospace/defense firm with 501-1,000 employees
I expect that the solution's ability to scale on-demand makes it pretty scalable, but I don't think we've gotten to that point yet. We are not pushing for performance so much, and probably ease of management is a bigger goal for us. That was one of the reasons we went with HCI. We were not stuck with doing compute and storage at the same time, so we can increase or decrease whichever resource makes the most sense to us. Hopefully what the product is as advertised. We currently have four storage to computes. We're looking at putting a second HCI in another site to move toward replication. View full review »
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution is very scalable. We can expand storage nodes or compute nodes. View full review »
Storage Lead at Xerox Corporation
I am looking at trying to scale it up by adding more blades and storage in the near future. View full review »
Senior IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
According to what is advertised for HCI on scalability, we will be able to add additional systems on the fly. That should be a very good feature for us. View full review »
Storage Operations Manager at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's highly scalable and we love the fact that we can add storage independently or compute and we don't have to buy an entire storage solution when we have to increase capacity. That's the good thing about HCI. You can pick and choose if you want to compute or storage. It's great. View full review »
Director at Citrus Consulting
The solution is incredible. We've been able to scale. We're in New Zealand, so it's difficult to say, but the progress we've seen here so far is easily scalable. I wouldn't know what it would be like in the US because we just don't compare to that scale. Although we use it in our own company, it's mostly for our customers. We've got thousands of customers attached to it. View full review »
Engineering Team at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Thirty-six nodes are as big as we go right now and we have scaled them up to 36 nodes. It was not challenging at all. Just add them in and they connect right up. View full review »
System Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We did not need to scale up and out yet, but I think when we will have the need to have additional web load, it will be quite easy because of the reset button. You just add a log. View full review »
Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We can just push a button and increase, asking to scale whenever we need it. So, it is scalable to a good extent. View full review »
Madhan Maddineni
SAN Engineer at American Express
These days, most products provide a scalable solution, so scalability is generally not a problem. View full review »
Senior Project Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Our customer can add extra nodes and keep going. I think their plan is to build it out. They have a core in Las Vegas and then they're planning on adding other nodes elsewhere. View full review »
System Engineer with 201-500 employees
It is scalable. You can scale it with compute nodes or storage nodes, you can choose. NetApp HCI is a scalable, on-premises hybrid cloud infrastructure that transforms your private cloud into a deployable region of your multicloud. Bring your public cloud on-premises and develop anywhere, on any cloud, with one experience. View full review »
System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability of this product is good. View full review »
Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability is great because it can scale independently. It's the best in its class when it comes to scalability. Our usages vary between 300 and a few thousand users. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The solution is very scalable. View full review »
Storage Administrator at a tech vendor
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