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.


What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped 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.

What needs 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.

For how long have I used the 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.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We've had no issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Thus far, it’s 100% stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good, 8/10.

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

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

How was the 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.

What other advice do I have?

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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