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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 failure/data-protection * Guaranteed IOPS per volume *… 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 (where you gain add'l savings for the de-duped… 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 do your own internal availability monitoring… 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 becomes cheaper and easier to expand and grow. For… 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 matched in the marketplace. Kaminario seems to be the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did an extensive evaluation of several products and vendors, looking at SF, Kaminario, Nimble, Pure Storage, EMC, and HPE. Price was a factor, but it was not the only… more»
User
Senior Manager Of Infrastructure Services at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* The resiliency of the platform * No down-time with the product itself * Overall performance of the solution * The dedupe All of the feature set has been fantastic.

How has it helped my organization?

Just moving away from traditional spinning disc to solid state storage is a step forward, and user applications obviously are performing much faster. We have a much smaller footprint within our datacenter, so we've able to reduce overall… more»

What needs improvement?

Really, everything our business needs, the solution currently has. Some of the other things that we are really looking forward to are some of the CloudConnect abilities. We only have one array today, so we want to add an additional arrays… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely say have a look at SolidFire, just because of the scalability, the ability to add additional nodes, the resiliency of the product. There are definitely other solutions that may come in and say they can do everything that… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Texas Memory, we looked at Violin Memory, we looked at XtremIO. All those solutions just didn't compare with what we could do with SolidFire in terms of performance, support, product stability. SolidFire definitely just blew… more»
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PatrickStienhuber
Consultant
IT Infrastructure Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its scalability. That is the biggest benefit of using this solution.

What needs improvement?

The entry-level for this solution is so high that we had to use other solutions for some of our smaller office locations that are in different parts of the world. As a consequence, because we could not use it across our entire organization… more»

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

The price of this solution is more expensive than others.

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

We have had to stop using this solution because the price was too high for global implementation. We are now using NetApp MetroCluster. We were happy with the functionality and switched only because of the price.

What other advice do I have?

The suitability of this solution depends on the use case, so anybody who is researching this solution should take care to consider their use cases first. I cannot think of any additional features this solution needs, but there is a long… more»
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of the product is its resiliency.

What needs improvement?

The product does what it's meant to do and I don't think there's any need for improvement at the moment. The same applies to additional features, which would make the product quite expensive and I don't think it requires that. If you add features, you might lose the things that the product is best… more»

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

I can't comment on the price of the product because I only deal with it on a technical level.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a nine out of ten.
Steven Law
Consultant
CEO and founder at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jan 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The quality of service for minimum iOS to maximum iOS in a multi-terminal environment is very powerful. The SQL service feature is the best part of SolidFire.

How has it helped my organization?

With this solution, you can actually do more with less. You can have more tenants and more application with less space and less dollar per gigabyte. By increasing the utilization up to four or five times someone can get more with less. In Asia, a lot of people are still using the Fibre Channel and… more»

What needs improvement?

They took away the centrifugal outlook and it is not included anymore which is unfortunate. Additionally, I think there is room for improvement needed with its storage capability. A bigger node is needed.

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

The quality of service is unique. There's no one who does it like NetApp. Additionally, we can allow customers to do more with less while using this solution.

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SolidFire delivers all five core elements needed to deliver newfound storage agility to your next generation data center and beyond. With SolidFire you can deploy new applications and capabilities faster, provide more agile and scalable infrastructure, increase application performance and predictability, enable automation and end-user self-service and raise operational efficiency and reduce cost.

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