NetApp FAS series vs. NetApp SolidFire

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NetApp FAS series
Score 8.4 out of 10
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NetApp's FAS series systems offers a storage array system for enterprises.N/A
NetApp SolidFire
Score 8.0 out of 10
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NetApp SolidFire is all-flash storage.N/A
Pricing
NetApp FAS seriesNetApp SolidFire
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NetApp FAS seriesNetApp SolidFire
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
NetApp FAS seriesNetApp SolidFire
Considered Both Products
NetApp FAS series

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NetApp SolidFire
Chose NetApp SolidFire
  • Solidfire is block-only, so NetApp FAS, HPE 3PAR, Tegile and Dell EMC Unity have the ability to also run file and block on the same array.
  • Performance scale in a single array of Solidfire is matched only with other software-defined architectures like EMC ScaleIO
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Features
NetApp FAS seriesNetApp SolidFire
Enterprise Flash Array Storage
Comparison of Enterprise Flash Array Storage features of Product A and Product B
NetApp FAS series
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Ratings
NetApp SolidFire
8.1
3 Ratings
Flash Array Performance00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Flash Array Integration00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Data Compression00 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Non-Intrusive Upgrades00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Simplicity00 Ratings6.43 Ratings
Power Savings00 Ratings6.43 Ratings
User Ratings
NetApp FAS seriesNetApp SolidFire
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(13 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.8
(5 ratings)
8.6
(5 ratings)
User Testimonials
NetApp FAS seriesNetApp SolidFire
Likelihood to Recommend
NetApp
It is very easy to use with NFS. Creating new volumes and mounting to servers such as ESXi or Linux is a breeze. It does also support CIFS but it is far less intuitive and requires much more effort. Replicated data is also very simple and robust in the form of SnapVaults or SnapMirrors. This data is either immediately or periodically replicated to a peer FAS in the cluster for retention.
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NetApp
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.
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Pros
NetApp
  • The selling point for NetApp FAS is the application and data protection integration capabilities they provide.
  • We have been able to use NetApp FAS in a variety of use cases with a standard set of management tools.
  • NetApp FAS has evolved over the years from just NAS to also include block protocols. At this time they support almost all industry standard protocols.
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NetApp
  • Speed is incredible.
  • Ongoing maintenance is great.
  • Price point was quite good.
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Cons
NetApp
  • Deduplication job runs at certain times and creates a large CPU overhead for the system
  • Management of a volumes, disk groups, LUNs, etc. is a burden to manage and is not efficient with storage capacity
  • Upgrades are complicated and not "non-disruptive"
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NetApp
  • API documentation could use some help
  • GUI can be slow
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Usability
NetApp
It does have a really nice and easy to use web interface to do pretty much anything you need with it. It was very simple to configure our volumes and luns and connect them to our VMWare environment using the interface. It has options to rename, shrink, grow, and other things with our luns and volumes. It was nice and easy to read graphs to see where you stand on your storage usage at a glance.
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NetApp
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Support Rating
NetApp
NetApp support in Brazil is managed by its partners. We know in other countries, such as the US and NO, they have support directly from Netapp. We have a very good NetApp partner working with us since the beginning, on both the implementation and daily support. Very few cases needed to be escalated to NetApp support, most of the cases are handled and satisfyingly closed by the partner.
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NetApp
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
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Alternatives Considered
NetApp
NetApp stacked nicely and gave enterprise-level usability for snapshot-based backups. Our previous RPO was several hours. It was selected prior to me arriving at the company, but It was selected for the hardware refreshes due to its compatibility with several other vendors, like CommVault and VMware.
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NetApp
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.
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Return on Investment
NetApp
  • The speed of file recovery is the biggest positive impact. Recovering from a ransomware attack in minutes is something you can certainly brag about.
  • Integration with products like Exchange and SQL can certainly speed up normal day to day processes. Not just in backup recovery situations either.
  • Redundant paths make migrations and updates very easy with no downtime.
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NetApp
  • The ROI was quick - under 1 year
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