NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

It integrates well with our environment, specifically with disaster recovery, high availability, management, performance, and historic and current performance metrics.


Valuable Features

We have a vast NetApp experience, so the fact that it can be managed like the others is great. It has the most consistent performance for storage for VMware. We were also specifically looking for an all-flash system.

Improvements to My Organization

It took only a very short time to implement, as it was live just a few hours afterwards. It also integrates well with our environment, specifically with disaster recovery, high availability, management, performance, and historic and current performance metrics.

Room for Improvement

Most of the things we were waiting for are already in this version, so I’m not really waiting for any new features. It could improve on the initial learning curve, as it can be steep.

Use of Solution

We've been using it for one-and-a-half months with 1,500 VMs exclusively as the VMware backend. It's a mix between Windows and Linux-hosted OS. We've been running clustered Data ONTAP since April 2014.

Deployment Issues

We've had no issues with deployment.

Stability Issues

Thus far, it’s 100% stable.

Scalability Issues

Scalability is quite good in an NAS environment, and in a SAN it's good enough.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support is very good, 8/10.

Previous Solutions

We also have IBM products, but we chose NetApp instead because IBM does not have the necessary plugins for integration with vSphere.

Initial Setup

If you are new to NetApp, it is a bit complex, but if you know the system, it is quite simple. There is definitely a learning curve, but every NetApp system works the same, so if you know NetApp, it’s quite easy.

Other Advice

It performs like we expect and is stable. Always do a proof of concept, and if you go with AFF, especially for a VMware environment. Also, opt for OnCommand InSight software for performance metrics and recommendations.

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