SolidFire Valuable Features

associat541638
Associate Director, IT at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
* Expandability (incrementally and non-disruptive * Compression/Deduplication/thin provisioning * Recovery from failure/data-protection * Guaranteed IOPS per volume * Simple browser web-admin (with extensive out API interface) View full review »
Steve Rennick
Enterprise Architect at Ciena
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 clusters and more HA pairs with all-flash disks in an AFF scenario, we were able to just scale with SolidFire. That is so much better because we can add a node, we add compute, we add storage, and we've had really good luck with that. View full review »
it_user465198
Storage Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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 something like a VMAX, there's a ton of pre-planning that has to happen to buy them. And then, if you didn't plan well, you're going to have a messed up implementation. With the SolidFires, I don't have to think about those things. We can just buy them, scale them as we need on demand, and we don't have to spend so many front end cycles on designing the architecture. Also, green initiatives. Power, cooling, datacenter footprint. Ultimately, it's about cost, on that front. I think we can tie that one to some capex and opex. The front-end, I was just really talking about soft savings. We have a large company. We have an aging workforce and we can't just keep acquiring highly skilled employees as people retire. View full review »
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LeadEngia5ea
Lead Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
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 are virtual machine environment. This is internal, on a private cloud. In India on most of their workstations are on virtual machines, and those all are hosted on SolidFire. SolidFire is one of the products that does have great APIs right out-of-the-box. It works great. The tools and the other stuff seem to work a little better right out-of-the-box than the ONTAP stuff does, C-Mode. View full review »
Travis Zenk
Senior It Systems Engineer at Billion Automative
* The simplicity of it * Ease of use * The flash array * Performance * Reporting View full review »
Carl Samuel
System Admin at Niaid
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 comes with its own interface and APIs, and that makes it much more intuitive and a little simpler to use when we're creating volumes, and managing it. It's very automated. One of the presentations we saw this morning here at NetApp Insight explained that if a workload is more demanding, it accommodates increasing workload, without us, as admins, having to go in and do the manual administration. So it seems to be intuitive as to what's taking place within the system and the workloads. Greater IOPS, speed, it's all-flash. So seeing that everything is going to all-flash, all SSDs, SolidFire fits right in there with the emerging trend in IT. View full review »
Rahul Ranjan
Software Engineer at Target
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 fantastic. Also, the scalability, as well as the performance, and then the way it goes with the API part of it. That is the amazing part. The API, it's not that complicated. You can choose an item, you can go ahead with PowerShell, anything; it's not that complicated to go ahead. Templates are already predefined for it. If you're coding it up, it will take two days. You can pick up a template right there from the API, and it just works for you. Implementation done in 10 minutes. View full review »
SeniorStb88f
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* 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 datacenter tasks like we do, there is no technical ability required for them to plug it in and connect it and we can just add it. * Open RESTful APIs are great View full review »
it_user527361
Senior Manager Of Infrastructure Services at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* 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. View full review »
Steve Kulinski
Senior Storage Administrator at Ensono
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 also incorporating SolidFire into being our cloud-providing mechanism, so it allows customers to get in and out of our cloud, as well as move into the main cloud. View full review »
Enterpri6a79
Enterprise Architect at a consultancy with self employed
* Power * HVAC * Density of drives The square footage for doing development is at a premium when dealing with government networks. To be able to put a lot of IOPS in a lot of high-speed performing drives in a very small location which requires very little HVAC with very little power, it is very valuable to us. With our Solidfire, we're going to be doing things like DevOps for ease of use. We're going to be able to expand in a condensed environment with a lot of IOPS to create a very small footprint on an all-flash array using a web interface, which makes it easier for some of the lower technicians to use it. View full review »
Principl4cf9
Principle Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Being able to provide multi-tenant applications * Being able to provide quality of service as promised * Being able to accommodate extreme needs, like burst IOPS * Finally, being able to solve the "noisy neighbor" problem View full review »
Alan Sheehan
San Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Steven Law
CEO and founder at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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. View full review »
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