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vSphere 5.1. Netapp Flash Accel advice

Hi all,

Have got a 4 host live / 3 host dr vSphere 5.1 setup with Netapp back end on both and am investigating whether to deploy Netapp Flash Accel

Host servers are HP Pro DL380P Gen 8.  Undecided on whether to use SSD's in a raid1 config or dedicated PCI-E flash card of some sort.  Was looking to use Kingston SSD E100 100GB drives

Has anyone done this or similar already and are there any general gotcha's I need to look out for?

Cheers

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bstrignano
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I can make the decision easy for you.

NetApp marked Flash Accel as End Of Availability on March 13th. So you do not have the option of deploying it any more. The downloads are no longer available and existing installs will not be supported after this year.

Funny as they had released a brand new version (1.3) only weeks before and were heavily touting it as a central part of their virtual storage tier.

No explanation or warning, and for customers like me who just purchased tens of thousands of dollars worth of SSDs with a goal of utilizing this technology, a bitter pill to swallow.

http://support.netapp.com/info/communications/ECMP1516733.html

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bstrignano
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I can make the decision easy for you.

NetApp marked Flash Accel as End Of Availability on March 13th. So you do not have the option of deploying it any more. The downloads are no longer available and existing installs will not be supported after this year.

Funny as they had released a brand new version (1.3) only weeks before and were heavily touting it as a central part of their virtual storage tier.

No explanation or warning, and for customers like me who just purchased tens of thousands of dollars worth of SSDs with a goal of utilizing this technology, a bitter pill to swallow.

http://support.netapp.com/info/communications/ECMP1516733.html

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Westy
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bst,

Didn't spend quite as much as yourself and can return mine but like you said a strange decision as I was at a Netapp Café briefing a couple of months ago with a major netapp partner and they were recommending this as a cheap and effective way to increase performance.

Thanks for the heads up.

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