NetApp SolidFire Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 26, 2020

Net App Solid Fire offers a competitive product at an attractive price point

Score 9 out of 10
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Net App Solid Fire is currently in full use at my organization. I made the decision to purchase and implement this infrastructure. Once set up, the devices seem to run almost flawlessly. The set up took quite a bit of time to initially configure and there, for those who like to know ALL of the details, seems to be a good amount of nooks and crannies to find little settings.
  • Speed is incredible.
  • Ongoing maintenance is great.
  • Price point was quite good.
  • There seems to be an overarching view (with drill downs) of the entire infrastructure.
  • You need a solid partner to implement this product initially.
  • As this product is still integrating with Net Apps mature support systems, I still think that there is room for a better end to end experience.
Excellent all-in-one solution. We chose to purchase a disk and compute nodes across two disparate sites. The failover capabilities are quite good, particularly when paired with a backup solution (we happen to use Veeam). Not the cheapest solution out there. It still needs some maturation. Could stand to have a better end to end administrative experience.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 07, 2020

SolidFire is a great product

Score 7 out of 10
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SolidFire is used to manage the storage that is connected to our virtualized server environment. It’s used by multiple teams but most often by the compute engineering team to self serve the storage capacity needs. This product addresses a need for fast reliable storage with good management GUI provided.
  • Manages all flash storage
  • Easy to understand GUI
  • API documentation could use some help
  • GUI can be slow
Well suited for companies who use NetApp Storage. This is one of the more performant offerings from NetApp and is highly customizable.
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Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 26, 2019

Solidfire is a fast, solid, multi-purpose block array - great at what it is, but know what it isn't

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SolidFire is the primary, tier 2 storage for the organization, used behind vSphere. The company is leveraging VVOLs and Storage Policy Based Management in vSphere on Solidfire to address complexity and management points within the array. It was used to replace aging EMC VNX arrays and consolidate from 6 down to a single array, reducing the management points and independent pools of storage into a single unified pool of all-flash storage. The efficiencies of the array were attractive in making the all-flash costs more affordable in a cost per GB comparison with other arrays. The shift to Solidfire also allowed for the shift from expensive fiber channel infrastructure towards iSCSI and faster Ethernet infrastructure, further eliminating management points.
  • All-flash performance is very good, particularly on read-intensive workloads
  • Performance scales linearly by adding new nodes
  • Guaranteed QOS policies offer both a minimum IOPS and maximum IOPS with burst capabability, so its not just capping the upper limit of a workload
  • Encryption at rest is integrated into the array platform
  • Grid architecture ensures that ability to perform rolling upgrades online without severely impairing performance
  • VVOL capabilities with the array allow granular control and visibility of the workloads
  • Block-only storage platform
  • Latency is higher than expected on write-intensive workloads (making it less effective for log applications and video)
  • UI and marketing inconsistencies make it hard to know how close you are to your maximum performance - all IOPS in UI are reported in actual IOPS whereas the ratings and marketing all use 4K IOPS - users must manually equate actual Average IO size and IOPS to the 4K representation
  • Solidfire's excellent support is being merged with NetApp's support and seems to be harder to navigate and receive the traditional high-quality support
  • ActiveIQ portal is good for longer term views of the array, but it is sub-par compared to competitors like HPE's Infosight
  • VVOL visibility in the UI is constrained - you can dig into details on a single volume but you are unable to compare performance of multiple volumes
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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 12, 2019

The Best All Flash Storage

Score 8 out of 10
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We use their all-flash storage in our internal data center, which is the HQ for 6 office locations nationwide. We use solid fire storage for production, databases, and anything that needs rapid access capabilities from multiple locations. We find them to be very cost effective, and very good at what they do.
  • Flash
  • Storage
  • On-perm
  • Cloud integration
  • Pricing
  • Support
  • Interoperability
Solid fire is a great fit for data center management staff that need highly available and readily accessible data storage for the entire enterprise. We have multiple site locations across the country who have access to the solid fire data based at our HQ location and never have any issues with connections.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Flash Array Performance (2)
Flash Array Integration (2)
Data Compression (3)
Non-Intrusive Upgrades (2)
Simplicity (3)
Power Savings (3)

About NetApp SolidFire

NetApp SolidFire is all-flash storage.

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