NetApp SolidFire Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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
Score 10 out of 10
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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
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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About NetApp SolidFire

NetApp SolidFire is all-flash storage.

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