NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Competitors and Alternatives

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Whitney Gray
Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Automated architecture that proactively optimizes your database

What is our primary use case?

We use it for multiple databases. We use it for Oracle and for SQL. We also use it for file systems — Oracle, SQL, file system storage. Most of our use cases involve Oracle, SQL, VMware, and large file systems. I am a storage architect. have a state administrator that works with me as well. Internally, within our company, there are a few dozen employees using this solution. Externally, we literally have millions of people that hit that storage system every day. As far as our database administrators, they're always looking at the storage performance. Some of them actually have read-only log-ins… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "They have a feature called Live Migrate; it's been very, very useful."
  • "There's always room for improvement in the operating code."

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to look at the succeeding product, the replacement product that replaces it. On a scale from one to ten, I would give Dell EMC SC Series a rating of nine. Just looking back at it over time, the initial setup was a little more difficult back in the 2008, 2009 timeframe. If that wasn't so difficult back then, I would give them a ten. As I said, that did get better. They got much better over time, but that's why I said nine out of ten.
Ahmed Zaki
Infrastructure Architect Supervisor; Solution Delivery Supervisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer

Pros and Cons

  • "Most of the features for the reduction in data compression are useful. It is also very easy to use and administer. Its performance is also good."
  • "They can include Amazon file system S3 protocol in the upcoming releases. It is a cloud file system. IBM FlashSystem doesn't have this feature in the box for high-end or mid-range. We have got requests for this from customers because we need to use S3 for EDI application storage. At the beginning of every year, IBM releases firmware. When I find any bugs in the firmware during the year, I am unable to find any information from IBM regarding the bug. I need to open a ticket, and the IBM engineering team makes a patch only for me. This patch is not public. By creating a customized patch for a client, they don't really solve the issue for everyone. If multiple users have the same bug, IBM should upload the patch on the official website so that we can download it. IBM FlashSystem has a monitoring tool in the box, but it is not advanced. I need a more advanced tool for more advanced equations and monitoring. All top three storage vendors, that is, EMC, IBM, and Pure Storage, don't have a powerful monitoring tool. To monitor our box to show the statistics for I/Os and latency, I need to pay for extra software. The built-in monitoring storage is not mature enough to handle all requests and generate all reports that I need. They can include the functionality to stretch a cluster natively without using any additional boxes. In addition, there are some features that EMC has integrated with the box. These features are not available in IBM FlashSystem."

What other advice do I have?

I work only on high-end storage. Before recommending a solution, I need to know about the workload, that is, application workload, backup workload, and database workload. IBM provides a free workload script that can be applied to any environment, such as Windows, Unix, or Linux. I need to see the I/O performance, and after which, I can provide the best solution for a customer from Pure Storage, EMC, or IBM. I would rate IBM FlashSystem a nine out of ten.
DB
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
An easy to use solution with a straightforward setup and good speed

What is our primary use case?

For our customers, they're mainly using it for a backup repository and for NFS data storage.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features include the ease of implementation, ease of use and the speed that you can do backup and recovery on."
  • "In terms of scalability, it doesn't expand out quite as robustly as some of the others, but it covers 90% of the market in what it does."

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. Our customers also run VMware on Pure. I'd say in general, the solution helps IT departments. It allows consolidation in virtualization. The main drivers around VMware on Pure for our customers are the speed, ease of use, and the Evergreen model for their licensing or support. The joint solution, VMware on Pure, makes it easier for them to consolidate. They have smaller footprints out of their…
JN
Sr IT Analyst at a local government
Real User
increases the overall speed of our systems and because all of our servers are virtual it helps keep our footprint small

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is to manage our virtual environment and storage so our entire VMware environment runs on Pure.

Pros and Cons

  • "Pure is simple to set up and manage on a day-to-day basis."
  • "I had to contact customer support when a drive failed as I was doing a couple of OS upgrades."

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.
BA
Network & System Support Engineer at a recruiting/HR firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Runs fast and without errors while being very stable

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution runs pretty fast."
  • "The solution requires a higher availability."

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. InfoSight collects logs and tries to send to the cloud. It's customizable, and it offers reports for you and any upgrade. It tries to give you information about your device. I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it nine out of ten.
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