NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

All flash disks allow extreme performance at low latency​.


How has it helped my organization?

The customer improved its time to market.

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What is most valuable?

I have found three main features to be valuable:

Ease of use: Business continuity solutions are not typically so easy to manage from a storage admin prospective

Storage Efficiency: Inline compression, inline reduplication, and other inline features allow space-saving without losing performance

Performance: All flash disks allow extreme performance at low latency

What needs improvement?

There should be more functionality regarding tiering of the oldest data.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

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What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale-in and scale-out.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate the level of technical support 10/10.

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

The customer previously had the NetApp solution based on hybrid disks.
They don't have a business continuity solution.

How was the initial setup?

It took one week for the startup to pepare the storage for use. We have migrated about 150TB of data in six months (VMware, Oracle, SAP, filesystem, etc.).

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is very simple: all flash solutions include the entire license. Regarding pricing, storage efficiency can lower the cost per TB.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The customer evaluated EMC and HPE.

What other advice do I have?

Involve a competent and certified partner.

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