NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

It makes for easy upgrades; you just add new nodes, move stuff off, and take the old nodes off ​


How has it helped my organization?

We're a hospital and we store all of our patient records on it. Everything that we do in the hospital is done on there. It does it for VMware as well as databases and Oracle, we do everything on it. It allows us to do our job.

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What is most valuable?

The capabilities of ONTAP is what drives me towards NetApp.

Their ability to put more storage on smaller spaces through their deduplication compaction. Routines and thin storage are very valuable to us. 

What needs improvement?

An additional feature that I would like to see better support for is block level storage, where they understand what's inside the LUNs as well as the LUNs themselves.

Though with 9.2 coming out, there is very little else that I want. I think anything they add at this point is going to be just icing, because it's already meeting my needs.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I like the scalability, the clusters, being able to add new nodes and such. It also makes for easy upgrades; you just add new nodes, move stuff off, and take the old nodes off.

How are customer service and technical support?

They are very good, knowledgeable, and responsive. Though every once in awhile, you get a knucklehead.

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

We were using an EMC solution before this one. We switched when we ran out of performance on what we had.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the setup.

They preconfigured it at the factory and that is a pain in the neck. This should stop.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated EMC, Hitachi and NetApp.

What other advice do I have?

When choosing a storage, it's a matter of management. Once you've bought the storage, all your time is spent in management. So, look at the software as well as the hardware.

We use it for block storage almost exclusively.

We are more likely to consider NetApp for mission critical storage systems because they have been excellent to work with and their product has been stable.

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: support and performance.

Previous Solutions

We were using an EMC solution before this one. We switched when we ran out of performance on what we had.

Initial Setup

I was involved in the setup.

They preconfigured it at the factory and that is a pain in the neck. This should stop.

Other Solutions Considered

We evaluated EMC, Hitachi and NetApp.

Other Advice

When choosing a storage, it's a matter of management. Once you've bought the storage, all your time is spent in management. So, look at the software as well as the hardware.

We use it for block storage almost exclusively.

We are more likely to consider NetApp for mission critical storage systems because they have been excellent to work with and their product has been stable.

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: support and performance.

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