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"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN."

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"The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The management software is very good.""The hardware and software of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays are easy for us to use.""Its performance is most valuable. This solution is much faster than other as well as older storage solutions. The performance of the system is very good. We are getting 50 times better experience than the older storages. We are using AFF 300. It also has native cloud integration and most of the features.""Some of the valuable features include MetroCluster switchover, in terms of disaster recovery, it is easy to use, and flexible.""The most valuable feature is the ability to set a specific margin of performance to a specific workload.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the performance of the database access."

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"It's got full API functionality and the performance is pretty steady.""The system efficiency is excellent overall.""The most valuable feature is the performance, as well as how you manage performance on the system.""SolidFire provides seamless performance across your storage system when you need to scale up. Other storage systems do not do that.""I would say in terms of architecture and in terms of functionality, the product is quite good.""The dashboard is such that you don't need to be a storage expert to administer it."

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"In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""I would like to see the management layer improved.""The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint."

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"Better integration with other brands is important so we would like to see it easier to integrate.""The dashboard could be simplified.""Its pricing should be better. Its price is competitive, but they need to improve the pricing. They have different licensing models, which they need to improve. My expectation was cloud integration, which they have, but it is a different license. Therefore, people cannot enjoy it. If I want to use it, I need to pay extra. There is a cost involved for everything, but it should reach everyone. It is similar to having a Rolls-Royce, but you need to pay extra for the key. If you want the key, you need to pay.""There could be an improvement when it comes to SLA support, it could be faster.""We have used IBM previously. We found that the storage from IBM was poor and we chose NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays because it can scale very easily.""I would like to have the ability to replicate data between All Flash and other NetApp storage systems.""The price of the All Flash solution is very high."

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"The inclusion of more protocols and interfaces would make it easier to integrate with other products.""You don't have business continuity with SolidFire. I think it could be a nice feature to have in the future.""The technical support is really bad and has to be improved.""The user interface needs to be improved. Much of the client feedback involves comments such as "Oh, it's hard to navigate through."""The upgrade process could be better.""SolidFire should start from two nodes instead of the four nodes. That's the only thing. In a lot of solutions, we have to use four nodes, that's the better thing. But as a starting point, two is better. That's why their starting point is expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with."
  • "The licensing fees are very reasonable."
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  • "Adding more capacity will increase the cost."
  • "This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive."
  • "NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is an expensive product."
  • "Most of my customers pay for the license on a yearly basis. It can be expensive depending on the capacity number."
  • "They need to improve its pricing. The storage market is dying. So, they need to improve the price because it should reach all people. NetApp is one of the top ones, and they are charging a little bit of royalty as compared to other storage solutions."
  • "The cost of our license is approximately $200,000 over three years for NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays. There can be additional costs for storage. For example, if you want to have eight terabytes."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
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    This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
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    The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
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    In terms of the cost, I do not handle the price or the payments at all. I can't speak to how much the solution costs or… more »
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    The solution should really build out a more hyper-converged product. In Indonesia, there are many competitors for… more »
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    It's got full API functionality and the performance is pretty steady.
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    While I don't know specifics about the licensing costs or procedures, my understanding it's comparable to other… more »
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    We have had some issues with it scaling as high as the marketing says it can. We've got some very large clusters of up… more »
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    Also Known As
    Pavilion HFA
    NetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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    Overview

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

    What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

    Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

    The NetApp EF560 all-flash array is an all-SSD storage system for applications that demand extremely high levels of performance and reliability. Requiring just 2U of rack space, the EF560 all-flash array combines extreme IOPS, microsecond response times, and up to 12GBps of bandwidth with leading, enterprise-proven availability features.

    SolidFire delivers all five core elements needed to deliver newfound storage agility to your next generation data center and beyond. With SolidFire you can deploy new applications and capabilities faster, provide more agile and scalable infrastructure, increase application performance and predictability, enable automation and end-user self-service and raise operational efficiency and reduce cost.

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    Sample Customers
    Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
    RP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei Animation
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    NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 17th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews while SolidFire is ranked 19th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 8.8, while SolidFire is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "Good performance, easy to operate and maintain, with good support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolidFire writes "Simple to deploy and has good stability ". NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas SolidFire is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), VMware vSAN, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC Unity XT and Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System. See our NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays vs. SolidFire report.

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