Most Helpful Review
Researched Dell EMC XtremIO but chose NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS): Good performance when moving very large amounts of data to the cloud
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Things that have been really useful, of course, are the clustering features and being able to stay online during failovers and code upgrades; and just being able to seamlessly do all sorts of movement of data without having to disrupt end-users' ability to get to those files. And we can take advantage of new shelves, new hardware, upgrade in place. It's kind of magic when it comes to doing those sorts of things.
The ease of use, the SnapMirror capabilities, the cloning, and the efficiencies are all good features.
We are using the AQoS operating system, which allows us to get a lot more out of our AFF systems.
The most valuable features are the ease of administration and configuration, as well as the speed of deployment.
The most important features are the IOPS and the ease of the ONTAP manageability.
Before we implemented AFF, Oracle was running on a traditional storage spindle and at a very low speed with high latency, and the database was not running very well. After we converted from the spinning disk to the all-flash array, it was at least four times faster to access the volume than before.
The most valuable features of the solution are speed, performance, and reliability.
The most valuable feature is speed.
The optimization of the cache memory of each engine and the use of persistent memory.
It is efficient and very simple for our administrators to use.
For the migration process from the older VMAX arrays to PowerMax, we VMotioned everything. It was easy.
The stability is great. It is five nines.
It has reduced our footprint in different physical locations.
The number one most valuable feature is reliability. I want to go home at the end of the day and come in the next day knowing it works, especially since we have storage offshore.
We were able to move away from a middleware solution for high availability, going right to snapshots and data replication on arrays.
We use ESRS for our call-home, and a lot of times, Dell EMC will respond to the issue before we even know it.
We mostly use it for backup, because we cannot measure anything, and we are afraid to use it for surveillance systems. We were planning to use it for mostly for surveillance systems.
The most valuable features are that it is fast and reliable.
We've seen great enhancements from the performance point of view. There's good availability, stability, and continuity, but the performance actually has increased by 60 or 70%.
I like the deduplication and auto-tiering features.
The solution's most valuable feature is its high performance.
The solution's most valuable features are the inline data reduction and deduplication.
The program is very stable.
The most valuable features are: complete performance and ease of use.
One of the areas that the product can improve is definitely in the user interface. We don't use it for SAN, but we've looked at using it for SAN and the SAN workflows are really problematic for my admins, and they just don't like doing SAN provisioning on that app. That really needs to change if we're going to adopt it and actually consider it to be a strong competitor versus some of the other options out there.
There are little things that need improvement. For example, if you are setting up a SnapMirror through the GUI, you are forced to change the destination name of the volume, and we like to keep the volume names the same.
The quality of technical support has dwindled over time and needs to be improved.
On the fiber channel side, there is a limit of sixteen terabytes on each line, and we would like to see this raised because we are having to use some other products.
The certification classes are good, but they don't cover enough of the material, and the exams only test on what is covered in class.
The monitor and performance need improvement. Right now we are using the active IQ OnCommand Unified Manager, but we also have to do the Grafana to do the performance and I hope we will be able to see the improvement of the active IQ in terms of the performance graph. It should also be more detailed.
Tech support is a place where there is room to improve the product experience. The response time when they are busy is not very good.
The price of NVMe storage is very expensive.
The main feature that I personally want to see is the possibility to upgrade to the next generation without changing all the components and just change the engine, relying on the compatibility matrices between two different generations. Meaning that we could just keep the enclosure and upgrade the engine, integrating the enclosure to the existing pool, then adding automation tools for orchestration.
I would like NVMe to be end-to-end in the next release. Right now, it is not end-to-end.
The initial setup was complex, and we had experienced people working on it.
The initial setup was complex, as it is a complex system and you have to learn a lot.
Setting up PowerMax with VMAX is always complex.
I would like to see the rack change. They have defaulted to the standard rack, so our fiber cables are crowded when we shut our back door.
We have issues that we don't know about, which Dell EMC fixes.
I would also like to see a real-time, graphical view of metrics. I don't know how far back in time we can look, but if we could see the performance from two months or three months back, and how it is performing now, that would be helpful.
One thing that should be improved is the reporting and monitoring tools. It should use real time monitoring for storage, IOPS, latency, etc.
The management should be improved and the GUI interface could be better and easier.
The solution needs to be simplified. When you integrate your storage with other systems, could use a little bit of automation.
The product could be improved by reducing the pricing and having better organization in their technical support team.
The implementation isn't exactly complex, but the solution should have some enhancements in it to make the process more centralized.
This solution is geared toward enterprise-level companies. Small and medium-sized businesses would find it extremely expensive.
I would like to see more scalability.
It is very expensive to scale. You have to buy an additional system to extend from one disc, for instance. It is scalable, but extremely expensive to do so.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It's expensive. it's in the hundreds of thousands. It's beneficial, but at times, I feel compared to other vendors, we are paying a premium for the licensing that other vendors include.
The price to performance ratio with NetApp is unmatched by any other vendor right now.
The pricing is not a lot considering what you get and it bundles hardware and licensing.
Comparing this solution to others it may seem expensive, but the price to performance for NetApp is greater.
We would like it to be free.
One of the reasons we like this solution is that all of the features are included with the one license.
We don't like the cost. We would like to buy more.
It definitely reduces costs because it simply takes less power to run these systems. While the SSDs don't take power, they are in general very big right now. So, the running cost has decreased for a lot of our customers.
We hope that with the combination of both NVMe and SCM the next PowerMax will be much cheaper that the one which we acquired.
The cost is expensive. While VMAX now has good pricing, PowerMax is a little expensive.
From a general capital investment, it's one of the higher price points in the market. It depends on the size and software features that you would include in a system. So, the cost varies dramatically.
The cost has room for improvement.
It scales enormously, but it's expensive to do so.
Our costs are on a yearly basis.
Our costs for the product are three million.
From reclaiming data center space which is so tightly constrained these days, it will pay for itself in a short amount of time, which is fantastic. Anything we can do to get more out of our current physical data center space helps us a ton, and PowerMax has helped enable that.
The initial purchase price was good but when you need to upgrade, it's a different story.
There are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
It is expensive if you need to increase scalability.
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Also Known As
|NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS||Dell EMC PowerMax, PowerMax||Dell EMC XtremIO Flash, Dell EMC XtremIO X2, XtremIO, XtremIO X2|
|NetApp||Dell EMC||Dell EMC|
NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud. Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.
Dell EMC PowerMax is the world’s fastest storage array. It delivers new levels of performance and efficiency with a future-proof architecture that features end-to-end non-volatile memory express (NVMe) and a built-in machine learning engine. PowerMax is built on the comprehensive functionality and proven resiliency of Dell EMC’s flagship storage platform. It is designed for six-nines of availability and offers data-at-rest encryption (D@RE), massive scalability, and best-in-class data protection with Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), the gold standard in remote replication.
|Bring all-flash, scale-out storage to your enterprise applications with EMC XtremIO. Purpose-built for flash, XtremIO storage arrays are amazingly fast. Delivering high IOPS at less than 1 millisecond latency is just the start. EMC XtremIO helps you harness the power of flash storage by building in innovations like content-based data placement and dual-stage metadata.|
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