NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
Solutions Architect at a computer software 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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Bilal Aksoy
Real User
Network & System Support Engineer at a recruiting/HR firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 11 2020

What is most valuable?

The device works very well. We like how we can report and access everything directly over the cloud. The solution runs pretty fast.

What needs improvement?

The solution requires a higher availability. The pricing of the solution isn't ideal. They should work to make it more affordable. It's very expensive. I'd like to be able to configure the solution… more »

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

The solution is quite expensive. We can't really afford to buy a second device.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have experience with a few different solutions. Nimble is quite a large solution that runs well without errors. One of its competitors, NetApp, is good but hard to configure. You need to really be… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're currently using model CS5000 and we're on version 5.05.200. We are not yet on the cloud. We're on-premise. We installed it in our data center. In tests and features, they call it InfoSight… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've recently been looking at Pure Storage.
Real User
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jun 02 2020

What is most valuable?

Our customers have given very positive feedback about InfoSign, which is the management software for this solution. Primera has good performance and the compression is also good. It integrates well with other software including Docker and… more »

What needs improvement?

This solution would be expensive for small business and it could be priced more competitively for that market.

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

The price of this solution is good for medium-sized and large businesses.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I work with a variety of vendors for all-flash storage solutions including Nimble, Primera, NetApp, Pure Storage Evergreen, E8 storage, and Huawei. A lot of the products from different vendors have the same features. This suitability of one… more »

What other advice do I have?

Overall, Primera is a good product and if it is suitable for the requirements then it is one that I recommend. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
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