The NetApp EF-Series Flash Arrays are all solid-state systems which use SSDs resulting with exceptional perforamnce
February 07, 2022

The NetApp EF-Series Flash Arrays are all solid-state systems which use SSDs resulting with exceptional perforamnce

Lukas Mizera | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays

My customer use this NAS storage devices for bronze application servers (mainly VMs on ESX clusters with important databases). EF- series deliver microsecond response to client's most demanding DBs and maximum uptime. EF-series purchase from NetApp was decided directly by customer architects, and as the devices are powered by NetApp® SANtricity software to give extensive configuration flexibility and custom performance tuning, this was definitely good choice. NetApp here offers
ONTAP9 SW and on client environment we use FlexArray Virtualisation as well,
becasue ONTAP can integrate with almost any third-party hardware. So, generally, solution for my customer touches
virtualization of the environment in 4 regions with most demanded DBs. Globally, likewise for these devices, NetApp
come from a larger non-hyperconverged storage family.
  • Storage pooling with thin provisioning
  • Solution of MetroCluster in Cluster-Mode known as MCC
  • very good solution for more than 500 users per cluster
  • impressive IOPS, microsecond response times
  • Faster database application
  • maximum of 2TB for FAS250 models
  • Schedule a downtime maintenance window for SAS expansion cards
  • Its price is competitive to other NetApp devices, but generally very high with additional licensing
  • MCC solution
  • SSD drives with installed SSD-optimized ONTAP OS AFF resulting with great performance and almost no latency
  • Easy to manage and use for admins
  • very good support from Netapp generally
  • easy setup
Recently upgraded system doesn't need to update so frequently like different storage devices. EF series were selected directly bu customer due to experience for shared customer infra where they are used. Performance and almost non-latency was huge trigger to get them into production for bronze application within VM environment for the most demanded DBs. Comparing to already evaluated products e.g IBM Flash systems or Dell EMC VMAX, I see NetApp EF series as trending solution for critical environment including critical system backup data. specially with this integrity with third party devices. Because of mandatory expertise and knowledge of NetApp family, the solution isn't suited for non-trained experienced users.

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NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays should be used for critical system backups, databases, for critical applications due to different write allocation algorithms. These systems have faster underlying SSD drives comparing to older types, so in result, Inline data de-duplication in these systems are not noticeable. The idea for these types is valuable for MetroCluster configuration within switchover, in terms of disaster recovery. Performance and response time of EF-series are really exceptional, but comparing to the costs this the rpice for it.

NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Feature Ratings

Flash Array Performance
Flash Array Integration
Data Compression
Not Rated
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Power Savings

Evaluating NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays and Competitors

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NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays Support

Quick Resolution
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
yes, based on contract

Using NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays

HW and SW of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays are easy to use, with very good support.
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Feel confident using
Lots to learn