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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»
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 into IOP-driven scalability. So instead of adding… 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 cloud area was a big step for R&D. So while we are… 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 SolidFire because we get so many things out of the… 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 wanted to configure OpenStack and what our workload was… 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 has vision. I think it's important that they are… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It's all been NetApp products. There's been AFF FAS and then we just thought we would look at SolidFire because we've had such great luck with AFF and FAS for many, many years. We've been a long… more»
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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 SolidFire, everything is pretty much out-of-the-box, so the customers like it. The main uses… 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 storage offering right now. Honestly, we're kind of phasing block storage out, but it's filling… 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. Solid state block is what it is. If it was the same price as C-Mode and did file-based storage… 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 NetApp, so it's more of just a cost decision. Because we're going NAS, it doesn't really fit… 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 team. I was a server guy, so it was all new to me, and SolidFire was the easiest thing for me to… 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 you want * Scale-out ability, and the ease of adding a cluster - When you get a new node, if you farm out the… 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, right now. We initially purchased it to be incorporated into our own internal cloud, OpenStack-based, KVM-based, so we… 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 example, the NetApp product has storage virtual machines, which has a lot better segregation, and a lot better… 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 to work with what's important to me are * support * viability - are they going to be around? Support is the big one… 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»
Steve Kulinski
Real User
Senior Storage Administrator at Ensono
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The scalability and being able to implement it quickly. Because we're a service provider, we have customers that need to grow and need their data increased quickly, so it helps us with that. We're… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Because of the scalability and being able to add and decrease quickly, it allows us to service our customers at a quick rate, versus how they normally would have done it.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more of the fiber channel connect, legacy-type, Linux-type front-ends to it. That would really help in our environment. It's a very good Windows-type solution. But we do a lot of… more»

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

NetApp overall has been very good at helping us incorporate things quickly. The SolidFire was a quick, scalable solution. You can add nodes as quick as you need them. Where we were before that was… more»

What other advice do I have?

We purchased SolidFire, in some aspects, for customer facing application. We have started to bring SolidFire into our house to use for our own applications, versus just using it for our customers. The… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've got quite a few different vendors on our floor today. Just about any vendor, you name them, is on our floor. For the applications, and what we were trying to move towards, the SolidFire seemed… more»
Alan Sheehan
Real User
San Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 01 2017

What is most valuable?

Getting predictability in our analytics for space trending, performance analytics. We use to correlate data with other tools that we have. If we get complaints about any kind of performance metric issues, whether it's storage related or something on the virtual side, we use it to pinpoint what the actual issue is. It has proved really useful for that.

How has it helped my organization?

Part of the reason we went this route was we did that storage design workshop with NetApp. So we went for QoS-driven design for our new array. It really helped us not only in delivering the service levels to our users, but also automating that. So it makes it a lot easier for provisioning. It also makes it a lot easier to guarantee performance for our end users.

What needs improvement?

Nothing I can think of that they don't know about right now. They're looking at making some of the custom widgets and reports a lot easier to deal with. They're heading down that direction already, so I don't think that's a big deal. For example, the ease of use with the reporting. Right now it's not impossible, but you have to know Sequel. It's a little time consuming to get those customized… more»
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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