NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

I expect it to provide us a lot more speed because of low latency and clustered Data ONTAP, although the current version has some problems with global deduplication.


What is most valuable?

Clustered Data ONTAP

Low latency

My company uses mostly NetApp products, so I have existing knowledge of using their products.

How has it helped my organization?

We're still testing it, but I expect it to provide us a lot more speed because of low latency and clustered Data ONTAP.

What needs improvement?

They still have to reduce in price when compared to their competitors. Also, the current version has some problems with global deduplication.

For how long have I used the solution?

It's not yet in full production, but I have been testing the product for few month now with VMware.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I've had no issues deploying it in our test environment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We do not expect any issues, and have had none so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has problems with deduplication when done globally.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Their customer service is one of the best, and I am a demanding customer.

Technical Support:
  • Tier 1 – room for improvement as they hold onto tickets for too long
  • Tier 2– much more serious

How was the initial setup?

From my experience with NetApp products, initial setup is going to be nice and easy. We are very techy, so it was easy for us.

What about the implementation team?

The majority of work was based on existing knowledge, but we also got help from the vendor.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Kaminario and XtremIO. We chose NetApp in order to utilize current resources.

What other advice do I have?

It has better adaptation than pure flash solutions such as XtremIO. It’s important to learn the weak spots of the suppliers in the market, and I can say that I have great expectations for the migration of the flash array to disc via cluster.

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