NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

A robust scale-out platform for building a virtualized environment

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use it for storage for VMs and backup units.

We use this solution on a daily basis. In Sweden, typically small to medium-sized companies use this solution.

What is most valuable?

MetroCluster functions, SnapMirror functionality, and ease-of-use are the most valuable functions for us.

What needs improvement?

Their backup software could be improved.

In the next release, I would like to see a complete S3 protocol. Also better compatibility and integration with VM-ware.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using AFF since its release.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Nowadays, AFF is very scalable — ever since they implemented the ClusterMode. I think it's very easy to scale, both up and out. It's also very stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

They provide different types of support. When an accident happens that impacts your business, they respond very fast and give very good help. Sometimes, when you have problems with their software, it can take a long time — that should be improved. Overall, their top functions, operating systems, the storage controller, they are very strongly enforced.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very simple. How much time it takes depends on the size and what the initial setup should be. It can be a long process.

What about the implementation team?

We do everything from the initial setup, to the integration with system backups, the whole chain, including the hardware, the software, the daily work, as well as the daily administration as well.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It depends on how you look at things, but they are in a higher price range.

They have different license models. You can get a license model where everything is included, but you can also purchase more licensing and buy what you need. It really depends on what you buy.

What other advice do I have?

I would absolutely recommend this solution to other companies.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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