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"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.""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."

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"It impacts customer retention because of its overall ease. When you are running a business, where time is a factor, that is the biggest selling point. Things happen really rapidly, when they happen, and being able to say, "Yeah, we can get this up and running in a day, if you want," or even less time in some cases. Sometimes, that can be what makes or breaks our case.""Technical support has been okay.""We have had issues before on our infrastructure where 20 to 30 percent of the people would come to us pointing the finger at the storage technology or storage back-end. That is now virtually zero.""It has a good interface. Its configuration and flexibility are also good.""I like some basic features like Snapshot, FlexClone, and advanced features such as SnapMirror, and SnapVault. They also recently enhanced the market with Cloud Volumes ONTAP. I think that NetApp is a very good product.""Using System Manager for green management or command line interface, we have a single point for managing the cluster. It is much easier to manage. It is very seamless. The product is robust and solid.""Technical support is good.""The initial setup is very simple."

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"The management software is very good.""Some of the valuable features include MetroCluster switchover, in terms of disaster recovery, it is easy to use, and flexible.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the performance of the database access.""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.""Rapid deployment, easy integration management and cloning of areas.""The most valuable feature is the ability to set a specific margin of performance to a specific workload.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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"I would like to see the management layer improved.""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.""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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"Their backup software could be improved.""When comparing with Pure for example, with Pure you have no maintenance anymore and with NetApp, you still need maintenance.""It would be better if they just improved the performance of the system.""Its integration could be improved.""From my perspective, everything works well. They've already announced that they have some features in their next release that make the existing investment more usable, by adding software features to your existing legacy hardware investment.""The admin tools and the integration with other products and clouds can be improved. It should also be easier to identify and troubleshoot problems in this solution. It takes a long time, and it should be improved.""We have been seeing some challenges around the application layer implementation. We are having some teething problems now with the cooperation between the application layer and backups to things, like SnapCenter. This may be a question of product maturity.""I don't like the newest GUI. It needs more options. Some features have been removed. Oversight is not as good in the new GUI compared to the previous version. Though, it might be something that we just need to get used to."

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"There could be an improvement when it comes to SLA support, it could be faster.""Their problems are on the software and the controlling of the storage where they lack segmentation and federation.""Better integration with other brands is important so we would like to see it easier to integrate.""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.""The dashboard could be simplified.""The price of the All Flash solution is very high.""I would like to have the ability to replicate data between All Flash and other NetApp storage systems."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The licensing fees are very reasonable.""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."

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"We benefited from implementing all-flash by reducing our data center footprint. We took it from 30 racks to just over five. This is one of the biggest savings for us.""All features are included in the license, whereas with an EMC solution, you have to pay separately for extra terabytes.""The price of NetApp is very expensive, but we don't know how much Pure is, so we can't compare.""The licensing and pricing are fine. As a reseller for the product, we need to make the differentiation in the minds of the customer. They are not just buying some tool that does only one thing, e.g., showing a LAN for a customer. The pricing is fair for what it is.""It depends on how you look at things, but they are in a higher price range."

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"This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive.""NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is an expensive product.""Adding more capacity will increase the cost.""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."

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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 »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: It impacts customer retention because of its overall ease. When you are running a business, where time is a factor, that… more »
Top Answer: The licensing and pricing are fine. As a reseller for the product, we need to make the differentiation in the minds of… more »
Top Answer: I don't like the newest GUI. It needs more options. Some features have been removed. Oversight is not as good in the new… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: The solution should really build out a more hyper-converged product. In Indonesia, there are many competitors for… more »
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Also Known As
Pavilion HFA
NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS
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

NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud.  Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.

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.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
RP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei Animation
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Healthcare Company16%
Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Retailer8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider23%
Manufacturing Company10%
Government5%
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Healthcare Company27%
Media Company18%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Manufacturing Company11%
University5%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise69%
REVIEWERS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise52%
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NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is ranked 7th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 9 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 17th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is rated 8.8, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) writes "Provides us with quick options when restoring things for customers". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "Easy to use solution but lacks federation and segmentation of data". NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC Unity XT, Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, whereas NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC PowerStore and Dell EMC SC Series. See our NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays report.

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