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Rated 4 out of 5 by 3reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Having the option of high-speed storage in the data center is valuable. Valuable Features:Having the option of such high-speed storage in the data center is what makes it valuable. When a request comes in a for an application that requires something on flash, I have the EF to go. I know that whatever the application is, it can't beat it.Room for Improvement:They could improve the product’s tools. We're going to tie it into our FAS system because the options we have with the FAS system are much greater than the options we have with the EF series. Things like the FlexClones, SnapVault, Snapmirror, all of that. Some of it's available on the EF series, but we like what we have in the FAS system. If the EF were to have that, we would not need to tie it into our FAS system.Use of Solution:I have been using it for about a year and a half.Stability Issues:It’s a stable solution. We have not had an outage in a year and a half.Scalability Issues:It is scalable. We're about to roll it into our other NetApp products. That, along with the FAS system, makes it scalable for us, at least.Technical Support:Technical support is good; maybe not as good as others, but they're good. It’s a case of finding the right person. NetApp's a pretty large company, with a vast array of protocols and products to dive through when you're trying to troubleshoot a problem. It just depends on the person you get when you call in. Sometimes, it's the best. Sometimes, it's not so much the best. They're good. They could always be better.Previous Solutions:We have multiple hybrid solutions, but nothing pure flash like the EF. We have been using the hybrid solutions for five years. The trigger to moving to EF was that the cost of flash has come down, and the need for flash has gone up.Initial Setup:For initial setup, we had somebody onsite. We were doing the flash install along with the transition from 7-mode to CDOT. We had professional services onsite to assist us with that.Other Advice:What is your use case? Depending on what your needs are, I would point to maybe the all-flash FAS. If it was just a one-off, one project, throw everything at it, then I'd say definitely the EF would be the most cost-effective solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 10, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Almost all of our infrastructure is on cDOT, and now we are able to have a single point of management for all our data. The CLI is very difficult to manage. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature for us is the ability to move the workload between peers. It also has a huge advantage of helping us cut down on power consumption.Improvements to My Organization:Almost all of our infrastructure is on cDOT, and now we are able to have a single point of management for all our data.Room for Improvement:It's very difficult to manage the CLI. Also, the license model needs work. If you read the label as probable, you need to pay for a license for all the features, even if you are using just one.Use of Solution:We've been using it for one year.Deployment Issues:I guess at the end of this year or the beginning of the next, we will finish the migration of the whole infrastructure.Stability Issues:9/10 - The problem is about the failover of the interfaces for some problems. We had some issues last week because of the interface of a cluster physically remained up, but we had a report noting issues with traffic management on it.Customer Service:8/10Technical Support:8/10Previous Solutions:No previous solution was used.Initial Setup:It was simple.Implementation Team:It was done in-house.Other Solutions Considered:We looked at EMC and IBM, but we chose EF because of the need to take snapshots and to save it to another system.Other Advice:It must be evaluated depending on the workload of the applications.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Our batch processing time went down from 14 hours to seven, but because NetApp acquired the product it's missing a bit in the integration and management performance monitoring. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature for us is its low latency, which is the main reason we bought it. We had performance issues before, and this was a great solution to those problems.Improvements to My Organization:We run our data warehouse on it and batch processing needs to happen in a certain time frame. If we can’t deliver data processing in eight hours, then we have to keep the system closed for end users at that time. Ideally, we need it done by the start of business in the US, because if we finish late, people can’t start working until after that. Our batch processing time went down from 14 hours to seven hours with this solution.Room for Improvement:It says NetApp on the badge, but it’s not a NetApp product. NetApp acquired the product so it is missing a bit in the integration and management performance monitoring.Use of Solution:We've used it for one-and-a-half years for OLTP databases.Stability Issues:It's very stable, and we've never had any problems with stability.Scalability Issues:We haven't had to scale it, but I'm sure it will scale.Customer Service:We haven't had to use customer service once yet.Technical Support:We haven't had to use technical service once yet.Previous Solutions:We used a traditional SAN array and replaced it with flash.Initial Setup:The initial setup was very straightforward.ROI:The situation we were in before limited people’s ability to do financial reporting and forecasting and analysis. Now, it’s not a problem because we are able to back everything up overnight and not cut into people’s work day.Cost and Licensing Advice:It cost us $160,000 to implement.Other Solutions Considered:* Pure Storage* EMC XtremIOWe went with NetApp because price per performance was better.Other Advice:Before investing in flash, you should be really sure that it is solving your problem. For us, it was really clear that latency was a big part of our issue, so flash was the solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 17, 2015
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