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Real User
Associate Director, IT at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
May 07 2018

What is most valuable?

* Expandability (incrementally and non-disruptive * Compression/Deduplication/thin provisioning * Recovery from… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The compression and de-dupe have been great in terms of space-savings, especially for our prod/stg/qa/dev DB instances… more»

What needs improvement?

The level of monitoring could be better. They give you access to stats and it is very informative. But you really need to… more»

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

I believe the initial buy-in/purchase is more expensive, because you are starting out with 4 (minimum) nodes. It then… more»

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

We have some older EMC boxes that were not sufficient to the task. We wanted an AF (all-flash array).

What other advice do I have?

I'm not sure why SF isn't more popular in the SMB space. To my mind, it offers a unique combination that isn't easily… more»
Steve Rennick
Real User
Enterprise Architect at Ciena
Nov 02 2017

What is most valuable?

For us it's the horizontal scalability. We traditionally run our private clouds for our R&D engineering on AFF, which worked quite well. But we ran… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our use case is all private cloud right now, running OpenStack. All internal, for our internal R&D and engineering. For us, moving into a private… more»

What needs improvement?

We're really in our infancy right now for what we use it for. We haven't really gotten into a lot of the advanced features and functionality of… more»

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

We had initially purchased AFF for this solution and, while it met our needs, we thought that SolidFire might be a better fit based on how we… more»

What other advice do I have?

The most important criterion when selecting a vendor to work with, for me personally, is partnership. I think it's also important that the vendor… more»
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Real User
Storage Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

Simplicity is definitely up there. It's not my number one. Number one is scalability. Simple to scale, scale up, scale down. When you look at… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's the overall simplicity of the platform in that you can learn to operate one of these in half a day. You can stand them up in half a day… more»

What needs improvement?

When you set up the nodes, we have to serial into each one of these nodes to configure the IP ranges. It's still very easy, but it's time… more»

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

We're replacing VMAX. All-purpose, general compute, block storage for the enterprise. The biggest challenge is for block storage. What we're… more»

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to selecting a vendor, first, we don't deal with small vendors typically. We don't generally want to buy something that's VC-backed… more»
Real User
Lead Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Oct 24 2017

What is most valuable?

It is fast. By default, its APIs expose pretty much all of its configuration items. On the ONTAP systems, we use WFA to expose the APIs, where with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's doing SAN, so that would be the major difference. We use NFS file storage much more than we use block storage. SolidFire is our only block… more»

What needs improvement?

They could do a file-based NAS: SolidFire NAS-based. It's probably not its niche, but that is our direction, not to use block, and it's block… more»

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

We would probably use SolidFire more, except we're getting more bang for our buck with our purchases of ONTAP right now, and the deal we made with… more»

What other advice do I have?

If they are using block storage, then it is very user-friendly. It's easy to use out-of-the-box. I was not a storage admin when I came to this… more»
Travis Zenk
Real User
Senior It Systems Engineer at Billion Automative
Oct 17 2017

What is most valuable?

* The simplicity of it * Ease of use * The flash array * Performance * Reporting

How has it helped my organization?

We previously had another storage vendor, and we would recompose desktops of 350 VDI desktops or virtual desktops, and it would take us 10 to 12… more»

What needs improvement?

We are looking for, potentially, on the Active IQ reporting side, to do reporting based on the datastore. Right now, I can report on the whole… more»

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

Number one was reliability. We had a competitor of SolidFire that was never up, we had multiple downed outages where our whole business was down… more»

What other advice do I have?

Primary use case purchase for us was VDI or virtual desktop infrastructure, with the intention of VDI and our whole assortment of load, for the… more»
Carl Samuel
Real User
System Admin at Niaid
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

What I like about SolidFire is the ease of administration. It's a slight deviation from what we are used to before the ONTAP interface. SolidFire… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Less complaints from the database administrators as to why an application is so slow; we always get blamed, everything goes back onto storage… more»

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see a fiber channel being implemented in it. We have a large fiber channel infrastructure, and that's one area that we haven't seen… more»

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

We had a large implementation of spinning disks, hard drives, and they would fail often. We went to all-flash for our ONTAP systems and SolidFire… more»

What other advice do I have?

For SolidFire, we're looking into better IOPS for database workloads and for other VM use cases. We purchased it for customer-facing applications… more»
Rahul Ranjan
Real User
Software Engineer at Target
Oct 19 2017

What is most valuable?

If I go ahead and put it up with the OpenStack, the OpenStack stuff goes so smoothly with SolidFire, increasing the capabilities of the VMs to bring them up. I think it's just… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It will save a lot of implementation time, complexities; and then you don't have to go ahead with networking the OS separately. It's all one in the same place.

What needs improvement?

I think there are some reporting tools like Grafana. Kubernetes is already there, and VMware is already sorted out. I just came out of that particular session right here at NetApp… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're bring up cloud in-house and you're still not aware of OpenStack Kubernetes, that's the way ahead. If you are putting up NetApp in the background, I think you're all sorted… more»
Real User
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Performance guarantees that you can set * Individual settings you can put on each individual volume, if you want to do that * Ability to scale up, scale down whenever… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's provided us the ability to not be concerned with setting SLOs for whatever application we're using. Everything is pretty much tier-one. Our primary use case is virtualization… more»

What needs improvement?

A little better segregation of the multi-tenancy. Right now, it's just VLAN-specific, that's all you can do. There's no authentication domain separations, things like that. For… more»

What other advice do I have?

We purchased SolidFire for customer facing applications, they're all internal, house-developed applications that we sell to customers, to financial services. When selecting a vendor… more»
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