NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

It should scale far beyond our needs. I don't think we will ever hit the edge of it.

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for VMware and Hyper-V data stores.

How has it helped my organization?

We have probably doubled the number of virtual machines that we've provisioned since getting an AFF.

It has done everything we have needed it to do.

What is most valuable?

  • Space savings
  • Performance
  • Deduplication
  • Compression

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's been very stable. We only had a few upgrade issues. Other than upgrading, it has been 100 percent completely stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It should scale far beyond our needs. I don't think we will ever hit the edge of it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support has been good. I've had a few cases where support wasn't able to answer the question or they took quite a while, but majority of issues have been answered fairly quickly.

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

We were at the edge of the performance on our previous system. We took a risk with the AFF because it was more expensive than going with the newer model of what we had, but it was definitely worth it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. I'm very familiar with NetApp, so it's more of the same. I didn't have any problems.

What about the implementation team?

I did the deployment myself.

What was our ROI?

The cost savings has been higher than I expected.

Our space savings through dedupe and compression is over 50 percent, so we are saving. I think our 8080s has 20TBs. We are saving at least 10TBs and that's over 50 percent of the capacity that we're using.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would like the pricing to be cheaper.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our shortlist would have been EMC, NetApp, and possibly Dell. This was before Dell bought EMC. 

NetApp was there because of the NFS support. That's why we chose NetApp, because of the NFS support plus their compression and deduplication. The cost savings on that alone was worth it.

What other advice do I have?

It's worth the slight increase in cost for performance. In the end, you save money in the long-term (ROI).

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