NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

When we move to all-flash, our response times were reduced to microseconds

What is our primary use case?

We use it for NFS and CIFS to structure data. We have about a couple of petabytes of all-flash.

How has it helped my organization?

Some of the volumes for our response times were 30 to 40 millisecond. When we move to all-flash, our response times were reduced to microseconds. There was a tremendous improvement. In terms of the dedupe and compression, it is squeezing the physical size where we are now seeing an 80 percent reduction, which is very positive.

The solution has affected IT’s ability to positively support new business initiatives.

It has improved performance for our enterprise applications, data analytics, and VMs. These improvements are a result of all-flash, throughput, reliability, compression, etc.

    What is most valuable?

    • Deduplication
    • Compression
    • Speed
    • The user experience is fast.

    What needs improvement?

    One of the features that I am looking for, which is already in the works, is to be able to take my code and automatically move it to the cloud. I believe this is coming out in version 9.4.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One to three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We have been running it for two to three years. It hasn't gone down yet. It can't get anymore reliable than that.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Thanks to dedupe, our physical footprint is quite a lot. All the scalability that we have done, we have so far done it within our organization. We haven't expanded it physically yet.

    How is customer service and technical support?

    Since the product hasn't gone down in three year, there hasn't been a need to contact technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward. Nothing to it. The professional services from NetApp came in to help us out, and they knew their stuff.

    What about the implementation team?

    We used NetApp for the deployment and our own resources. The experience was very positive.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    The vendors on our shortlist were Oracle, Dell EMC, and Hitachi.

    We chose NetApp because we were already using it, which make things simple, and its pricing. Also, some of NetApp's features are dominant in the market versus its competitors.

    What other advice do I have?

    With all-flash, you can never go wrong. I am in the process of converting everything to all-flash.

    We are not currently connected to the public clouds. We are looking to connect to them in 2019.

    It takes us days to setup and provision enterprise applications using this solution.

    We chose this solution because vendors are choosing all-flash over hybrid.

    **Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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