NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

The scalability is excellent. We added a shelf three weeks ago and it took less than 10 minutes.


What is most valuable?

  • The speed
  • Performance
  • The storage efficiency is very good.
  • We use the SnapMirror for disaster recovery, though not for tiering.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

More reporting on a granular level within system command.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have personally used NetApp for 15 years now. A long time.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's extremely stable. We've never had an issue with it, even through multiple OS upgrades.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's excellent. We added a shelf three weeks ago and it took less than 10 minutes.

How is customer service and technical support?

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.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Our existing solutions, which were Netapp, were basically just overrun.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the initial setup and it was straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.

What other advice do I have?

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.

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