NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Review

Helps to leverage data on larger, complex file sizes


What is our primary use case?

We primarily utilize AFFs for engineering VDIs. We are utilizing it to host VDI and performance is the primary expectation from AFFs. We are satisfied with the product.

How has it helped my organization?

It's helping to leverage data. The storage is being utilized to implement larger, complex file sizes. That is how we are utilizing this product.

What is most valuable?

Speed is the most valuable feature. It is all-flash, so it is fast.

It simplifies since it is integrated with the other platforms as well. It's maintainable; it does not take too much to maintain the stuff. Creating users and sessions is easy on it.

What needs improvement?

It is a fast product, but NetApp could focus even more on the configuration.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Since the failure rate has been reduced, we haven't had any outages so far, or even P2s, on this solution. It has been impressive.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a fast product. It is exactly the same as other fast products; it is scalable.

We have more than 100 users utilizing the product concurrently. Concurrence is one parameter that we looked for, and AFF is satisfying that problem.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have a premium support globally. NetApp has been promising on every front.

How was the initial setup?

There was not much complexity involved. Since this was a new setup, migrations were not in order. So, it was pretty straightforward.

What was our ROI?

We tested it out against another solution and it worked out very well. Based on that, we took the decision to expand it further. 

It is working out well from a latency point of view, which is why we have opted for AFF. We are getting results.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Traditionally, we are limiting the number of our vendors. We still haven't ventured out to any other vendors. We have consistently been with NetApp.

Going forward, I would like to compare AFF vs Pure Storage based on all the parameters.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a nine (with 10 being perfect). It is pretty impressive. I am holding back one for improvement in its scope.

This is the first time that we have implemented all-flash in one of our regions.

We are not utilizing it as a tiering solution.

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