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Find out what your peers are saying about NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) vs. Nimble Storage and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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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.
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.
The features that I found most valuable are SnapMirror and SnapVault; these provide DR and backup for data redundancy.
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.
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.
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.
We get storage access without the need for more human monitoring of those resources.
Not only is it high performing, but it is also more compact and fits better in our storage arrays than equipment from other storage providers.
This solution has given us reliability that is evident by the fact that it has been running for five years with virtually no hiccups.
I really like the form factor, which is nice and compact and small.
The solution's uptime is fantastic. It's 100 percent. In addition, Nimble's storage capacity efficiency is very effective.
The all-flash positions our organization for growth. It is much easier to use, and we do not have to worry about the I/O profile of the workloads that we putting on the array.
InfoSight has helped us resolved an issue where the snapshots were growing too big.
InfoSight has identified controller failures or performance issues.
The total cost of ownership has increased a little.
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.
I would like to see an improvement in the high availability of the NFS and CIFS sharing during upgrade and patching; this would help to avoid downtime.
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.
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.
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.
The large hardware components may be difficult to fit into some standard racks.
I would like to see more advanced analytics in the next release of this solution.
An area that needs improvement is extending the life of the device after five years.
I would like to see greater integration with Microsoft's Hyper-V platform.
The way the market is going, supporting NVMe storage would be useful as a step up.
I don't think it is officially released yet, but the main reason that we chose Nimble is because of the sync rep feature. So, I would like to see that further evolve. This feature will be essential for our setups.
We have had some stability issues with one array which has happened twice during subsequent software updates but is due to a bad Postgres database.
I would like to see more integrations.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
We paid about $80,000 for our permanent site licence.
There are no licensing costs for this solution.
We buy the arrays outright, so we don't pay anything on an ongoing monthly basis for licensing.
Our hybrid solution could do with some more competitive pricing and more scaled-down deployments. Already, the smallest one is too much for us. We would flourish by having a smaller unit.
If you don't go cheap, it is eventually worth it. However, the initial investment is high.
It is a CAPEX investment. Over the anticipated lifespan, I would say the pricing is $10,000 a month.
The price has room for improvement.
Performance per dollar, when we looked at it, was the highest that we could get for what we needed.
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Also Known As
|NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS|
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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.
Our Predictive Flash platform closes the app-data gap, giving you the fastest, most reliable access to data. By combining predictive analytics with flash storage, we radically simplify operations.
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