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NetApp All Flash FAS

It is very well suited for any organization who is trying to host network drives as it supports CIFS protocol and is very good at it. We looked into multiple products including SMB with other flash storage platforms and still went back to Netapp because it does CIFS really well. Any organization who is trying to host VDI on flash will benefit from the use of NetApp All Flash FAS as we did. Our users immediately noticed a difference in performance of their VDI bootup times and overall experience. From the admin's point of view, they noticed server reboot times to be a few seconds. Overall, this array provides a lot of IOPS, does data compression and reduction really well and is worth the investment.
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Dell EMC Unity

The UNITY storage system is perfect for medium-size enterprises. The auto-tiering feature can boost performance for commonly used apps while moving less utilized apps disks to cheaper storage arrays. This said, UNITY suits best an enterprise with a mix of heavily used and rarely used applications. On the other hand, enterprises with applications requiring heavy access are recommended to get the more expensive all-flash storage systems.
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Pros

  • Supports CIFS, NFS, ISCSI and FC protocols. Not all flash products out in the market today support all protocols and this makes it harder for small - mid scale organizations who cannot afford multiple million dollar storage platforms.
  • Handles workloads really well. We have VDI, SQL DB, Production workloads running on it all at the same time and the array doesn't choke on latency or IOPS.
  • CDOT has come a long way and with the newer versions of CDOT, the data reduction and compression makes way for a lot more usable storage than what you pay for in RAW.
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  • Very reliable arrays with a notification system when a disk fails
  • Simple disk provisioning and mapping
  • Easy to upgrade the firmware
  • Fast access with a relatively cheap storage combination of flash and SATA drives
  • integrates with Vmware vcenter
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Cons

  • As always, Netapp upgrades are really painful. I wish there was an easy way of upgrading Netapp.
  • GUI is hard to use and CLI is even worse. GUI is confusing and you click all over the place before you get over the learning curve. CLI has changed from the 7-mode days and is very confusing to use. I have had scenarios where the support themselves use documentation to put in the proper commands.
  • Like any array, Netapp's CDOT has it's own bugs in the software. We learnt the hard way when one of our nodes went down and a bug prevented take over of SCSI services which resulted in an APD situation on all our ESXI hosts. Was a nightmare rebooting all the VM's and ESXI's to relieve them of the APD's. People don't pay millions towards a storage platform to go through nightmares.
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  • Difficult to configure and set up out of the box compared to newer solutions in the market.
  • Software and firmware updates are complicated compared to many other new storage players in the market.
  • Support with Dell EMC is sometimes very difficult to get an experienced support professional to assist you with certain less often seen issues.
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Dell EMC Unity3.0
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Very cumbersome compared to other vendors in the same marketplace.
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Alternatives Considered

We looked at Pure, Nimble, XtremIO and NetApp. Although all the arrays did really well, the ability to support all protocols sets NetApp apart. Each vendor had its own pluses and minuses and we bought the array that best suited our business needs and budget.
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We were directed to buy these arrays and didn't have the ability to evaluate the other arrays. Once we evaluated the other products in the market that compete with Unity we saw that the younger, more built from the ground up arrays, had much better features, software, and ease of use.
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Return on Investment

  • ROI has been tremendous as it has come in handy in all the scenarios we were looking at
  • Users and admins both happy with the overall performance and management is happy that they got a good deal from reseller.
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  • Has caused us a need to look elsewhere for a better solution for our business.
  • We have had to eat a lot of costs and have left a lot of our EMC Unity environments underutilized as we have had to move customers to another storage platform because of various issues they are having that we can not get around with the Unity product.
  • We have gone away from Unity as a future product and have moved towards Nimble or Pure to fit the same needs.
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Pricing Details

NetApp All Flash FAS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Dell EMC Unity

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details