NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

We needed something faster than NFC, and we now have a 30 second latency, down from 60 seconds. However, we had a few problems implementing the devices due to a lack of training.


Valuable Features

It uses multiple protocols and has all the implementation protocols that other products do not. We use CIFS.

Improvements to My Organization

We needed something faster than NFC, and we now have a 30 second latency, down from 60 seconds.

Room for Improvement

It’s too early to know the features exactly, as we get what we need. We do need, however, more training, which NetApp wasn't able to provide.

Use of Solution

We have two devices, and have been using them for two weeks so far. We use it for VDI and Citrix. At the moment we are thinking of putting other workloads onto them.

Deployment Issues

We've had no issues with deploying it.

Stability Issues

It's stable and we've had no stability issues.

Scalability Issues

It scales as we can just plug in more devices.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Customer service is great.

Technical Support:

No matter the time of day or night, technical support will always try to help.

Previous Solutions

We ran VDI on EMC for five years, and it ran out of performance so we had to offload. We then decided to turn to NetApp AFF.

Initial Setup

The initial setup was straightforward and easy, but we had a few problems implementing the devices due to a lack of training and the fact that it was a very urgent implementation.

Implementation Team

We had great support from NetApp, but we did not do too much training. We have good knowledge of NetApp cDot. It took us a few days to install and configure.


Other Solutions Considered

We looked at XtremIO, Dell, Pure Storage, and Nutanix. We already have a NetApp environment, so it met our needs, and it was an urgent decision. There was no option, and we didn’t want to change back to block storage.

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