- The speed
- The storage efficiency is very good.
- We use the SnapMirror for disaster recovery, though not for tiering.
By moving everything to the All Flash Array, our outage times have gone dramatically down, if not disappeared completely, for the most part.
We are more likely to consider NetApp for our mission critical storage systems based on our experiences with AFF. We are actually moving all of our production data onto our AFF system right now as it's been extremely fast and stable.
More reporting on a granular level within system command.
I have personally used NetApp for 15 years now. A long time.
It's extremely stable. We've never had an issue with it, even through multiple OS upgrades.
It's excellent. We added a shelf three weeks ago and it took less than 10 minutes.
We haven't used technical support yet.
However, I would recommend if someone is researching NetApp and similar solutions that they take a look at the support offered by other companies and look at what Netapp offers as well.
Our existing solutions, which were Netapp, were basically just overrun.
I was involved in the initial setup and it was straightforward.
We looked at not only Netapp, but we looked at EMC which was the big one. Then we started looking at some cloud providers, but we actually moved away from that.
We had a very high impression of NetApp as a vendor of high-performance sound storage before purchasing AFF, and an extremely high impression of them afterwards.
The primary use case for our All Flash system is VMware. It's NFS-based, therefore it's NAS-based.
Most important criteria when selecting a vendor:
Typically, with vendor selection, it's going to be more about the support after. Most of the features across the vendors that I've talked to are pretty much on par with everybody else.