NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

The technical support is fantastic. No one else is like their team. We're happy with them.


What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is availability, performance, bandwidth, and throughput with respect to our applications.

We are currently using an on-premise solution.

How has it helped my organization?

The user experience is fantastic. I'm looking forward to the AFF 800 storage box, which is all-flash with NVMe technologies. This will certainly give a boost to our applications, and make for a better user experience.

What is most valuable?

The most valuables features is the response time that we are receiving from the AFF storage box. We are looking for performance and delivery times of the response from the host, which we are happy with.

What needs improvement?

We are looking forward to the all-flash NVMe which is coming out.

Going forward, I would like improvement in the response latencies, capacity size, cache, and controller size. It also needs more fine tuning in regards to all-flash and AML workloads.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Even though the complete workload will fill out the AFF storage box, it will give us sustained stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

One of the key features of the AFF storage box is its horizontal scalability.

Our new business initiatives, which are coming, demand more IOPS and performance. Our applications are scaling, which demand more performance in a very short span of time. This solution will improve technology driven things.

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support is fantastic. No one else is like their team. We're happy with them.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Our previous solutions were Hitachi, Siemens, and NetApp. We switched to AFF because it had all-flash, better performance, and better response times. It also scales better.

We used to do applications running on mechanical disk. With the introduction of SDDs and AFF All Flash, this has given us substantial improvements in our applications' performance.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy for us. The consultant was always there to support us. They have always been helpful in understanding the technical points, how it will help us going forward in terms of implementation, future scalability, and possible upgrade of storage components.

What about the implementation team?

We used a NetApp consultant for the deployment, who we have also used for the sizing. Our experience with them was very good.

What was our ROI?

It does have good ROI.

We are able to set up and provision enterprise applications using AFF quickly. We have seen tremendous performance, stability and growth in it. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp met our requirements.

What other advice do I have?

It is the first company who introduced NVMe protocols, which is end-to-end. It also has very good response times.

The NVMe technology that we're evaluating will certainly help us with artificial intelligence going forward.

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