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Likelihood to Recommend

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

We us our AFF to support all applications that have a response time imperative or are IO intensive such as databases, email, VMware VMs and applications that have users at a keyboard needing a responsive interaction. It is also where we put all data that must be encrypted at rest such as HIPAA data.
It is of no value to data that is generally archived, little used or has low IO requirements. These would include scanned images, videos, IP Camera storage and most CIFS and NFS file based storage. For these types of applications SATA is still a better choice.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

Solidfire is a good, multi-purpose array for iSCSI environments. Grid architecture allows incremental, linear expansion of the array both in capacity and performance. The all-flash is a very high performance, low latency platform for a lot of applications. The way the company has architected the platform allows for continual upgrades and removes the lift-and-load replacements if you stay with Solidfire in the future. The Solidfire fiber channel implementation is workable, but largely there is a checkbox. I cannot imagine any fiber channel shop is going to look at a Solidfire seriously, unless they are looking to move towards Ethernet based transport. Write intensive workloads struggle on the array. The double-helix data protection combined with the architecture can make writes more latent than expected - well into the teens and 20's of ms within the array.
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.5
NetApp SolidFire
7.9
Flash Array Performance
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
10.0
NetApp SolidFire
9.6
Data Compression
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.6
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
10.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.6
Simplicity
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.0
NetApp SolidFire
6.2
Flash Array Integration
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
NetApp SolidFire
8.4
Power Savings
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
NetApp SolidFire
6.2

Pros

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • Speed is incredible.
  • Ongoing maintenance is great.
  • Price point was quite good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

  • The GUI of Ontap is in constant flux. Every time there is an upgrade it appears to be completely redesigned. Some stability in its design would be nice
  • As new or improved technologies addressing compression, compaction and deduplication occur within upgrades it would be nice if preexisting data could benefit from it by background processes looking for opportunities to apply savings to data in place.
  • It is not simple to see when data from the AFF is being access inefficiently through the cluster interconnect. Because data moves sometimes access to the data remains with the nodes that originally owned them. I would like to be able to easily identify these instances so that I can take corrective action.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • API documentation could use some help
  • GUI can be slow
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
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NetApp SolidFire

NetApp SolidFire 8.5
Based on 3 answers
When we have had problems, the response on the Solidfire side has been strong, but not perfect. As they scale and integrate into NetApp, support from regions outside of the USA are having a more difficult time diagnosing and addressing issues for complex problems. The Boulder, CO, and Raleigh, NC, support teams are both extremely strong and provide top-notch support. ActiveIQ is a great support tool both for NetApp/Solidfire and for the customer. The proactive support tickets opened have been helpful. The node-based support has been excellent - meaning when we had a DIMM fail, they sent a replacement node - no time consuming troubleshooting of internal components to fix the issue. Upgrades are handled by SF technicians, so it feels white-glove
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

SolidFire was chosen over these other service providers because of relationships we have with the company, with our reps, and with the local Denver presence. We also are a partner, and we felt that the solution stacked up technologically very well against the competition and was more cost effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

  • Epic, our EMR providor, has very aggressive guidelines for performance. The Netapp AFF meets those guidlines easily eben in a mixed workload environment. This has helped us meet our business objectives by not having to diversify our storage platforms or vendors.
  • Multi-protocol support (block (ISCSI/FiberChannel) or File (NFS/CIFS)) Allows us to use the Netapp systems to solve all storage requirements regardless of the system needing storage
  • Clustered technologies along with non-disruptive movement of data between nodes on the cluster make hardware refreshes simple and allows the business to keep running without interruption even during massive data moves.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • The ROI was quick - under 1 year
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

General

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

NetApp SolidFire

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
10.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.4

Support Rating

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
NetApp SolidFire
8.5

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