NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

We're able to treat more patients now because our workloads are performing faster, though I'd like to see online duplication, which I believe will be available with 8.3.2.


What is most valuable?

For us in the health care sector, the most valuable feature is quality of service because we're able to stop the workloads from taking over other workloads that are more important.

We have storage virtual machines at work, so we're able to segregate and distinguish between different workloads. I think local HFL might as well form the natural process side of things, which is an improvement from 7-Mode.

How has it helped my organization?

We're able to treat more patients now because our workloads are performing faster.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see online duplication, which I believe will be available with 8.3.2.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using it for the past four months or five months with lots of clinical applications that deal with healthcare, and VMs with SQL.

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?

We've had no crashes. We have experienced a couple of problems based on configuration and books. I believe these issues are going to be addressed in an update, but for now I think they are just focused on the reiteration of what the best practices are.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales to our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

7/10, as there were a couple of issues which took technical support some time to handle.

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

We have used Fusion-io for flash but nothing in SAN. We were looking to address performance issues, and NetApp addressed them.

How was the initial setup?

I think we took about two weeks to get up and running. We performed initial tests and diagnostic tests, all the results of which surpassed our expectations. We were able to get 400,000 IOPS from our system processor.

What about the implementation team?

We used a mix of three days with NetApp, another three days with a partner, and everything else was done in-house.

What was our ROI?

We won't have a number until we've fully migrated, but so far it looks good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking at Pure Storage and a couple of other vendors who had all-in-one solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I think it fits a lot of peoples requirements, but I'd recommend waiting until v8.3.2 just for the additional features and to resolve some books. Other than that, it's great.

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