Re: It's about time too
A 7 year flat maintenance is good. Getting controller uplift automatically every few years as part of this would put you level with PURE. The main point of this release for me (as an existing Netapp customer with a fairly large estate) is the price. Having all SSD attached to a FAS has been a lot more expensive than the other players in the market. Hopefully this price drop will bring you more inline with the PURE, Solidfire and other startups. With the addition of inline compression and a slightly less, but still seemingly post process, dedupe, you've got the features that the EF series has been missing to make it comparable to the AFA startups.
One concern I'd have is the CPU. There doesn't seem to a massive amount of grunt in the boxes to cope with lots of IO as well as compression, dedupe, snapshots and snapmirror all running at the same time.
The other concern is monitoring. The current Netapp offerings are not as slick as EMC (ExtremeIO), PURE, NIMBLE or Solidfire.