NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

Highly stable, it gives us the speed and reliability we need

What is our primary use case?

We use it for electronic medical record storage.

How has it helped my organization?

Because we use the production environment and copy down to test environments, we've taken it from days to hours.

What is most valuable?

  • Speed
  • Reliability

What needs improvement?

The next solution needs to simplify the day-to-day operations.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent. It's highly stable. We've just never really had a failure since we put it in. It's been two years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There have been no issues of scalability, for our use.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been very good. We use scripting called WFA, and we've had a little bit of an issue with that, going from the first generation to the second generation. But the actual hardware, product, and support itself have been excellent.

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

We were moving to a new data center, so we needed it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex. The fact that it has to interact with both IBMs - AIX - and with the Epic application, means there are three vendors in the mix.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator, Sirius. Our experience with them was excellent. Sirius already knew the environment it was coming from, the reseller was an IBM flash storage environment. They brought it over to a NetApp flash environment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were really only two on the shortlist: IBM and NetApp. We chose NetApp because we had an opportunity to make all of our environment NetApp.

What other advice do I have?

I definitely recommend it. It's very complex to set up. Everything is. Even though it's complex, NetApp, out of the other two options, would probably be the least complex.

I would rate it a nine out of ten. We haven't had any failures in the production environment. The only issue, as I said, is that we've had some trouble with the scripting. Otherwise, we'd give it a ten.

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