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We get a lot of compression and efficiency out of the dedupe, you can put a lot of stuff in a little space
Find out what your peers are saying about Kaminario K2 vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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Scale out is a differentiator for them, especially in the enterprise market. It's key for a lot of customers.
The increased performance is many times above our previous array performance in all metrics. Integration with vSphere features is also a definite plus.
The speed and, for us in particular in what we're doing, the data de-duplication.
Built-in snapshot support gives us SAN-side functionality most other platforms would have had us license separately.
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.
Improved scale and budget planning with flexibility of the solution for budget needs and efficiency for growth with the great optimization ratio due to the nature of our use.
I would love to see capacity on its DRAM. I know it's not cost effective for them to do it, but I think that it could be a big differentiator and was a big differentiator from the beginning.
The interface look and feel could be improved.
The front panel of the drive shelf doesn't always seat firmly.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The Kaminario setup is simple and there are no hidden licensing fees so this area is a relief.
The licensing is all-inclusive.
The "extra" costs associated with features and options that are available off the shelf with Kaminario, make their value proposition extremely competitive.
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
|NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS|
Kaminario K2 is the world’s only storage solution that delivers the predictability needed to handle the highly unpredictable world of modern businesses. This highly flexible all flash storage platform allows customers to cost-effectively scale capacity and performance to support their ever-changing business –seamlessly, on-demand and with no disruptions.
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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