NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

Data efficiency is the most valuable feature because of the dedupe and compression


What is our primary use case?

We are mostly using it for NAS, CIFS, and NFS protocols.

How has it helped my organization?

Logical data might be very high, but the physical data, because of efficiency features (such as, dedupe, compression, etc.), has been greatly reduce data. Therefore, we are getting 10 to 20 times the efficiency on this product.

What is most valuable?

Data efficiency is the most valuable feature of NetApp.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see aggregate level encryption in the next release. This is critical.

Disk level encryption is already in the solution, but it is very costly. Its pricing should come down.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. On the NFS side, we have around 24 nodes, so that is pretty scalable. Also, the scale up is very high.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is always great from NetApp. It is the best.

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

We were not previously using another solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI from the product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking at NetApp and Dell EMC. However, NetApp is know for their NFS solution.

What other advice do I have?

This is the best solution in the market.

NetApp is a good company. I use to work there.

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