NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

It allows us to shrink the maintenance windows and downtime, although it would be great to combine all the software solutions together under a single GUI.


Valuable Features

  • Clustered Data ONTAP
  • Snapshot implementation for SAP

Improvements to My Organization

It allows us to shrink the maintenance windows and downtime. It provides faster replications between systems because of the installed flash.

Room for Improvement

ONTAP has a lot of features that are really great, so I don’t think there is something missing that I'd like to have.

However, the best way to improve would be to have better management over the solutions globally (not a part of the software OnCommand, VFA, etc. installed). It would be great to combine all the software solutions together under a single GUI and people can just activate different features as they buy a license as apposed new installs each time.

Use of Solution

We've been using it for four months in a multiple system environment with a lot of small writes. This was installed for an SAP HANA system as the persistency layer.

Stability Issues

There has been no downtime yet -- perfect stability.

Scalability Issues

It scales to our needs.

Customer Service and Technical Support

10/10

Previous Solutions

We didn't have anything similar in use previously.

Initial Setup

It's a straightforward and easy setup. It was guided and we had the documents to install it. It took around two days of racking, stacking, and installation.

Implementation Team

I did the implementation myself.

Other Solutions Considered

We looked also looked at EF from NetApp and chose AFF because of the snapshot technology.

Other Advice

It's definitely worth it if you need the speed.

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