NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

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


Valuable Features

IO Performance.

Improvements to 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.

Room for Improvement

IO intensive tasks.

Use of Solution

12 months

Deployment Issues

No

Stability Issues

Yes

Scalability Issues

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).

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Good.

Technical Support:

Good.

Previous Solutions

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

Initial Setup

It wasn't complex.

Implementation Team

We implemented it in-house.

ROI

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

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.

Other Solutions Considered

We knew that we needed SSD array.

Other Advice

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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