NetApp HCI Valuable Features

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. The user interface continues to improve. View full review »
Ketan-Patel
Pre-sales Solution Architect at SHI international corp
One of the most valuable features of the solution is that they have taken something like 400 steps and compiled it into like 30 steps to install it. That level of simplification is one of the best things I've ever seen in any appliance in the market. Normally when you build an appliance, you have to go through an extended installation process. But once you collect all the IP's that you need to for this appliance, the NetApp engine does all the rest of the work for you. So instead of leaving it on the operator to do all the work, the appliance does it. That is one of the features that I have seen in any appliance that really simplifies a lot of the work you would otherwise have to do for setup. View full review »
EdwardHoppe
Senior SAN / Systems Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
When you are doing lifecycle management on your storage platforms, you can just swap out pieces of equipment - since it's a modular design from the ground up. We used to do one big iron to another big iron, and that's a major migration workload/resource effort. Whereas, with this environment, you can go with small nodes, one at a time, and do a refresh. View full review »
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reviewer948963
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The ability to move the hardware around and the speed at which we're using all-flash are the most valuable aspects. All of our customers are very happy with the performance. We win on both sides of physically moving and the enhancements in the performance. View full review »
reviewer1223523
Senior Infrastructure Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The most valuable feature for us is the easy way you can administrate the solution. View full review »
reviewer1223565
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the SolidFire interface. The graphing is very nice, and it gives you insight into the VMs. It is pretty straightforward to use. View full review »
Sean Henry
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
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 North America on a corporate level, and then providing all IT support for American show spread across five facilities in the US. View full review »
Sean Henry
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
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 together. You get that slight economy of scale from that fact that it was designed that way. It becomes more than the sum of its pieces, rather than less. View full review »
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. HCI's ability to scale, compute, and store independently is nice because we can expand either the storage or the compute. There are different ways to expand different pieces and not do it all-in-one. With some of the competitors, you buy compute and you have to buy storage, so that is an important differentiator for NetApp. View full review »
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. View full review »
IT2ced
IT Specialist at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
* 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. * The GUI is user-friendly and intuitive. View full review »
Peg-Heffron
Network Professional at a aerospace/defense firm with 501-1,000 employees
Ease of deployment is probably the most valuable feature for us because it allows us to easily pull nodes in and out for expansion. View full review »
reviewer1223568
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution is rock solid. The most valuables features of it are the deduplication and the compaction because the ratios are much better than what we normally get on our FAS storage. The virtual center is a nice feature. View full review »
DonSchaefer
Storage Lead at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It allows me to move a VM set and require extra performance. I can easily move them onto it and have it just run. It is easy to maintain. View full review »
reviewer1223604
Senior IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
We are looking forward to high availability, redundancy, and shared storage. View full review »
reviewer1223505
Storage Operations Manager at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The NetApp Deployment Engine that comes with it makes the actual deployment and usage very easy. That's our primary focus and it's hyper-converged. That's something that we want to use as well. View full review »
KevinRapson
Director at Citrus Consulting
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. View full review »
Engineerc2b6
Engineering Team at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
reviewer1223430
System Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the software design storage that really provided a faster, agile, easier to scale up and out storage path. View full review »
Manager3128
Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Reduced floor space * Low cost of operations * Reduced manpower View full review »
Madhan Maddineni
SAN Engineer at American Express
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 fabrics with a cost-effective LAN technology solution. View full review »
reviewer1223550
Senior Project Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Simple setup and having the storage and compute right on one deployment is the most valuable aspect of this solution. They're able to get set up and ready to go and start having their DevOp team deploy to that environment. I'm pretty new to NetApp but the setup was really simple as far as what I could tell. The simplicity of getting it set up and running is what was nice for the customer that I did the setup for. Its ability to scale on-demand affects provisioning in their organization because now dev can do extra nodes and grow their environment. It's pretty simple. The solution’s ability to scale compute and storage independently is pretty simple. They have their own development team, so they're able to do their patch releases in the DevOp environment and then do canary deployment into their production to do testing before they deploy the production. It has reduced the hypervisor footprint. I don't know by how much but our customer does a lot of services and they have three data centers. They're at a pretty large scale but with this deployment, they're looking at reducing the hypervisor footprint down to 50%. Our customer does not use HCI's Cloud Data Services. HCI provides efficiencies and mobility similar to that of the public cloud. It has reduced TCO for their company. That is one of the reasons they went for it. View full review »
reviewer938199
System Engineer with 201-500 employees
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. View full review »
reviewer1223370
System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The multi-vertical aspect is what is most valuable for us. The main reason we wanted a multi-protocol was because Amazon was not able to provide us with access to the same data as we could get from Linux and Windows lengths. That was our value proposition for this solution. The solution's snapshot copies and thin clones make operations very fast and efficient. View full review »
Consultnt4675
Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
What I really like about this solution is that it is a global facility and that the technology is provided by HCI. I like the possibility of modular scaling regarding your computer and the integration to continuation alignments. View full review »
ArchiSolut677
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I like how the solution gives you to the ability to basically to grow compute and storage separately. There is no compute processing used for storage IO so that means that the compute is purely satisfying User workloads View full review »
Kenneth-Williams
Systems Platform Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the ease of setup. View full review »
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