NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Competitors and Alternatives

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Tye Summerville
Real User
IT Operations Manager at ACCC Insurance
Jul 03 2018

What is most valuable?

I live in Houston, so disaster recovery (DR) is very important, and the site-to-site replication is huge. I love that feature. We have our backups set up to replicate between two sites, then we also… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It had our organization start to think like an actual organization. A lot of stuff came out where the management of our workloads has improved dramatically. We have gotten out of the mindset of… more»

What needs improvement?

What appeals to me is having mobile functionality. There is a vendor portal for 3PAR for whatever you want to purchase. I would like to see something from an administrator's standpoint, as opposed to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We had to go back and purchase iLO licenses and brocade switches for the flex fabric to have a complete solution.

What other advice do I have?

Understand your needs first. If you do not have a need for a highly technical solution, or you have workloads which are not high-performing. 3PAR is a perfect fit. Understand your environment. Know… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our organization looked at NetApp and Pure Storage. Pure Storage was just too expensive. NetApp was good, but they did not have anybody familiar with the NetApp configuration. Our biggest requirement… more»
Real User
Solutions Architect at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features include the ease of implementation, ease of use and the speed that you can do backup and recovery on. It's not complex. Everything's included in the licensing. You pay for a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One customer we're working with in particular is using FlashBlade along with another solution called an object engine. They're using that to revamp how they store their backups, then store them… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution needs better SMB support. For SMB 3.0 for example, I would expand their footprint to sell FlashBlade, etc.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In the licensing model, everything is included. You don't buy a separate license for Active Plus. Support is a separate line item. Support is a different cost, but whatever your support is now, that's… more»

What other advice do I have?

We use a hybrid deployment model. Most of the new data backups to the private cloud and then we can push it off to the public cloud for archiving. The cloud provider we're most likely to use is AWS… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Customers typically also evaluate EMC and NetApp. The primary reason they choose Pure is probably the ease of use and cost.
Real User
Sr IT Analyst at a local government
Sep 05 2019

What is most valuable?

I find the speed of the solution its most valuable feature. It is really fast and it is also very easy to use. You can basically set it up and forget about it. You don't have to manage it on a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution increases the overall speed of our systems. We run our virtual desktops off of them and there was a noticeable improvement once we moved from our old sand to this new sand. One could… more»

What needs improvement?

We only want to manage our virtual environment so this program has all the features we need. We're pretty straightforward customers. I don't see anything that needs to improve as we only use the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used an older program, but it was too slow. The main reason for switching over to run our VMware on Pure was the speed and, after several meetings with other vendors, we decided to go with the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I am a firm believer that everything has room for improvement, so I rate this nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Pure, NetApp and Nimble. Pure is simple to set up and manage on a day-to-day basis. If you want to upgrade, you can simply call in and they do everything on their side. NetApp, for… more»
Real User
Lead Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 02 2019

What is most valuable?

Speed and ease of use of the interface are its most valuable features. The Unity interface is much more advanced than some of the older ones that we had, or that I've experienced. It has made… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were having significant latency with our old storage arrays. With Unity's flexibility of block and file storage, we were able to start with file storage, then plan eventually moving to block… more»

What needs improvement?

There were a couple features that came out a little later than we originally believed, but they did come pretty much on time and met our schedule.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were previously using NetApp, and we were at the limit of our old equipment. We were running older file storage, which was causing us a bunch of latency issues, and the Unity solved most of those… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking for a cost-effective, easy to use solution, which has scalability on a small-to-medium deployment, Unity is a very good solution for this. We are planning to use replication very… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Based on the cost and performance the we needed, Unity was the best price. NetApp was not being price competitive.
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Jul 08 2019

How has it helped my organization?

We migrated from a hybrid cloud to an all-flash. We have seen our average latency go from four milliseconds to point four. Therefore, we are getting 10 times better performance down to the end user on… more»

What needs improvement?

I want to see the full integration with OneView. I know they have started it, but I haven't had a chance to look at and evaluate it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Performance per dollar, when we looked at it, was the highest that we could get for what we needed.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We came from a spinning SAN to hybrid SAN to all-flash. We just followed that path. We moved to all-flash because we were pushing the latency of the hybrid so far it was unusable.

What other advice do I have?

The product comes down to budget, I/O, and the use case that you need. It is really efficient in the size that it is. Biggest lesson learnt: All-flash matters.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other competitors (Pure Storage and NetApp), and it came down to cost per a dollar of what you could get. Pure Storage had better deduplication rates, but it just cost three times more.
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