NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

I/O performance is good enough, but to achieve big capacity TB/s you need better controllers.


What is most valuable?

IO Performance.

How has it helped my organization?

We have moved GPFS's metadata to the SSD disks, the incremental backup is 6-8 times faster (we have over 120,000,000 files and backup takes "only" 30 hours now).

Our next step is to migrate TSM database to SSD array and we hope that allows us to once again reduce backup time.

What needs improvement?

IO intensive tasks.

For how long have I used the solution?

12 months

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I/O performance is good enough, but to achieve big capacity TB/s you need better controllers and many more SSD drives (we have over 1 PB of storage and only 15 TB of SSD disks).

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Good.

Technical Support:

Good.

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

We needed much more I/O, and the size and the GB/s performance was enough.

How was the initial setup?

It wasn't complex.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it in-house.

What was our ROI?

We are a non-profit organisation, and we must deliver the best performance solution for our users.

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

The power consumption is very low, and the size is small (2U) and these are the only costs at this time.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We knew that we needed SSD array.

What other advice do I have?

Buy as much support as you can afford.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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