Compare Dell EMC XtremIO Flash vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS)

Dell EMC XtremIO Flash is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 8 reviews while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is ranked 4th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 74 reviews. Dell EMC XtremIO Flash is rated 8.2, while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC XtremIO Flash writes "A solution with good stability, excellent scalability and an ability to increase overall performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) writes "Good price to performance ratio, no latency, and simple to use". Dell EMC XtremIO Flash is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, Pure Storage FlashArray and INFINIDAT InfiniBox, whereas NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, Pure Storage FlashArray and HPE 3PAR Flash Storage. See our Dell EMC XtremIO Flash vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) report.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS
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Overview
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.

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‚Äôs most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.

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Sample Customers
Raiffeisen Bank Bulgaria, Wentworth-Douglas HospitalAcibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm30%
Healthcare Company20%
Insurance Company15%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
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Healthcare Company23%
Software R&D Company16%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm8%
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Healthcare Company16%
Financial Services Firm13%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Retailer8%
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Software R&D Company22%
Manufacturing Company17%
Financial Services Firm10%
Comms Service Provider9%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise62%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise62%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise76%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise68%
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