NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

​Speed, storage efficiency mean no complaints from customers and we don't have to buy as much space


What is most valuable?

  • Easy to manage.
  • It's quick. It's very fast.
  • We've been getting something like 27-to-1 compression, so it's been really good.

How has it helped my organization?

Because of the speed and storage efficiency, we have no complaints from the customer and we don't have to buy as much space, because we can compress it.

What needs improvement?

I know we're looking at cloud solutions, so maybe if they have something cloud-based, that might be something. It could be important soon. Right not it's not but it could change soon for us.

For how long have I used the solution?

Two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any down-time yet. So far the disks are really reliable, so I'm happy about that.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't had to buy any new flash for a while because of the compression. So far, being able to compress the data has been able to help us save money on buying more disks.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had to use it yet. I've been able to do it myself so far.

NetApp's been responsive on other issues. So far, on the flash side, I haven't had any issues to have to call them.

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

We needed something quick for our SQL DBAs, so that was the recommended path that we take, and it's been great so far.

We were using the 600 Gig drives, regular SCSI drives, and they weren't fast enough. We switched because of the complaints of how slow the disk worked prior to us moving over to the flash.

How was the initial setup?

We had a vendor help us, but it seemed like it was pretty straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

Our primary use case is for SQL databases. We use it for block storage.

We are more likely to consider NetApp for a mission-critical storage system, based on our experience, because of the speed. We have a cluster, so the high availability. Those are the two.

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor:

  • Dependability, like at 3:00 in the morning, if I need help, they're there. That's really number one for me.
  • The willingness to be able to train me so I can do it and I don't have to constantly call them.

Those are the two, my major factors.

To a colleague in another company who's researching a similar product I would say, "Go for it." If they don't want to be woken up in the middle of the night saying their backups are slow, they've got to go with the fast disks.

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