NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

A great product with good support, stability, and features such as cloning and snapshots


What is our primary use case?

We use it for different machines, Oracle Database, super server database, and a few BDI projects.

What is most valuable?

The cloning and snapshot features are the most valuable. With snapshot backup, we can clone a big database in minutes. We take a lot of snapshots for clients in different environments.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution since 2012.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Its stability is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. There is scalability for processing. We have small and large organizations as clients.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is very good, and the documentation is also complete and useful for us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our clients were using other solutions, such as Hitachi, and they switched because of its scalability, functionality, and support.

How was the initial setup?

The cloud setup is easier to implement. The on-premises setup is a little more complex.

We deployed it a few weeks ago. It took one to two weeks for planning and two weeks for final implementation, but it can take longer if there is any kind of migration or change of product.

What about the implementation team?

We deployed it ourselves. We worked for NetApp from 2012 to 2015. We did a lot of implementations in Chile, Argentina, Columbia, and Peru. It is very familiar to us.

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

All features are included in the license, whereas with an EMC solution, you have to pay separately for extra terabytes. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated HP and EMC. The main differences were the support, functionality, and cost of NetApp. 

What other advice do I have?

Last year, NetApp started to move away from Chile and the Latin American region. They are not selling the solutions directly. They have an agreement with Lenovo to sell NetApp products worldwide with the Lenovo brand.

I would advise others to take the help of a good implementor and get proper certifications. It is also very important to understand what do you want from the solution.

I would rate NetApp AFF a ten out of ten. It is a great product with great support.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

9
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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