IntelliFlash vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS)

As of February 2019, IntelliFlash is ranked 15th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 5 reviews vs NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) which is ranked 3rd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 84 reviews. The top reviewer of IntelliFlash writes "It provides a combination of protocols without losing deduplication and compression". The top reviewer of NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) writes "Supported our overall business initiatives, they've done a great job with cybersecurity ". IntelliFlash is most compared with Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray and Dell EMC Unity. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, Pure Storage FlashArray and HPE 3PAR Flash Storage. See our IntelliFlash vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) report.
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Pros
It's very fast. We were seeing read latencies of less than one millisecond. It is robust.EasyTier/hotcaching: Valuable because it allows greater performance than standard SAS disksIt provides a combination of all the protocols that you need, without losing deduplication and compression.Data Compression: Up to 80% space reduction in the databaseHigh performance and ease-of-management are the most valuable features.

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Its efficiency and scalability are the most valuable features.The most valuable features for AFF are the speed, durability, back up, the time, the workloads that we are using currently are much faster than what they used to be. We're getting a lot of different things out of All Flash.The valuable features are the fabric pool. We are taking our cold data and pumping it straight into an estuary bucket. Also, efficiency. We're getting about two and a half times upwards of data efficiency through compaction, compression, deduplication, and it's size. When we refreshed from two or three racks of spinning discs down into 5U of rack space, it not only saved us a whole heap of costs in our data center environment but also it's nice to be green. The power savings alone equated to be about 50 tons of CO2 a year that we no longer emit. It's a big game changer.Previously we had migrated from Dell EMC and we had a lot of difficulties moving data around. Now, if we need to move it to any slower storage, we can move it with just a vault move within the cluster. Even moving data between clusters is extremely simple using SnapMirror. The mobility options for data in All Flash FAS have been awesome.Tech support has been absolutely amazing. I think on the technical aspects as well, my staff is able to get great support from the NetApp technical support resources that we have. What I love about NetApp is they have a health care division. At times, it's such an amazing thing because if we have a healthcare-related issue, there's no one better than having prior CIOs from health care organizations that NetApp has hired, and that are part of the health care team, to help out with any of those initiatives and support problems. Support has been absolutely phenomenal.NetApp tech support is so good. Their tech support has always been so stable and the people are so good in case of any failure or any good feature that needs to be updated or features that supposedly can help with performance to improve some performance. NetApp support is one of the best that I deal with.Scalability is excellent. If we need more space, it's a no downtime solution. It's harder to get the funding than it is to get the solution itself.This solution makes everything a lot faster. The time to move data around, boot and migrate VMs is much faster.

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Cons
It's somewhat scalable, but maybe not so much as some of the competition.We had just one small stability problem with power flapping and it did not start up again automatically. We had to access service ports and manually restart the storage processors.In the proxy section you can’t choose a user account and password, so it is not allowed at the moment to go out, if customer has such constellation.It only keeps one hour of real-time data without the ability to do deep analysis of each element.Snapshots are not as easy to access as on a NetApp device.

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The scaling needs improvement. NetApp is limited for scaling options.The bad part about having scalability is the expense. It is currently extremely expensive, to be able to scale so fast on flash.I would like for them to develop the ability to detach the fabric pool. Once you've added it to an aggregate it's there for life and it would be nice to disconnect it if we ever had to.As for AFF itself, I don't have any suggestions of what I would be excited about seeing. I think that adding the support for the rest of APIs to AFF would be super handy. I think it's something that we've been waiting for for a while which would be fantastic.The total cost of ownership has increased a little.I would like to see the ability to include more applications from applications to managed storage. If we can have more applications or more interface in more applications, that would be great.I come tech support with difficulty because I installed NetApp for many years I know what to expect when I call. When I don't get their support tech that I'm expecting and I'm trying to get to the right one, it can get very frustrating for me personally, trying to all-flash push my way into the right person. NetApp has the right people, it's just a matter of getting to them.I need faster Fibre Channel over Ethernet. They top out at 10GBs today and I would like that to go to 40 or 100.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
I recommend the full bundle software in order to have all the functionality. It is more expensive to purchase it one by one.

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With other options, you need to buy a couple of different products to achieve the same outcome.Our TCO has increased by 15 to 18 percent.Using NetApp, our total cost of ownership decreased by 17%.Our TCO decreased significantly because we were paying maintenance on nine different arrays throughout the country. We've condensed those down to three arrays, and our maintenance fees from the IBM product dropped by over a half million dollars a year, saving us $500,000 USD.The total cost, the pricing of it, has gone up quite a bit.Disk level encryption is already in the solution, but it is very costly. Its pricing should come down.From an application standpoint, we have seen a lot of return investment on the speeds and responsiveness of the actual storage.Our total cost of ownership (TCO) has decreased by 40 percent.

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Also Known As
Tegile, IntelliFlash N-Series, IntelliFlash T-Series, IntelliFlash HD-SeriesNetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS
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NetApp
Overview

Western Digital through its IntelliFlash arrays delivers high-performance storage with a complete range of features and connectivity options, including inline compression and deduplication, application and VM consistent snapshots, replication, RAID, data encryption, VMware vCenter integration, and multi-protocol support for SAN (FC, iSCSI) and NAS (NFS, SMBv3). IntelliFlash arrays deliver high availability through dualredundant and hot-swappable components, active/active or active/passive controllers, non-disruptive software upgrades, eMLC flash, and proactive cloud-based monitoring, analytics, and intelligence. A RESTful API provides scripted or programmatic control.

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.

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Sample Customers
Bank of Stockton, Barnsley College, Boyes Turner, Brigham Young UniversityAcibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company24%
Manufacturing Company20%
Mining And Metals Company11%
Legal Firm11%
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Healthcare Company16%
Financial Services Firm12%
Retailer9%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company9%
Government7%
Company Size
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Small Business75%
Midsize Enterprise25%
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise77%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise62%
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