NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Pricing and License Cost

Michael Archuleta
Chief Information Officer at Mt. San Rafael Hospital

The total cost of ownership has increased a little. When I look at building very strong, good strategies that get presented to the board of directors and the additional executive teams, I look at two things: I look at ROI and I look at total cost of ownership. At times, my overall goal is that I want to get out of the data center business. I know that TCO really does increase because you have that on-prem solution, but I think moving forward into the cloud-based initiatives that we have, we're going to definitely start seeing a decrease within that TCO because now we don't have all of this inventory to take care of. We're being a lot more efficient and a lot more agile as well too.

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Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

At the time when we purchased the NetApp AFF, it was bundled into the hardware price. That made the pricing okay. If we were to add more shelves now, the licensing cost increases exponentially. It is probably cheaper to buy brand new hardware in the new model. It will be faster and bundled in with software for a promotion where they throw in all the licenses. It works out well.

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Senior Data Center Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It's expensive. It's in the hundreds of thousands.

It's beneficial, but at times, I feel compared to other vendors, we are paying a premium for the licensing that other vendors include.

You're locked in with NetApp, and you already have everything setup.

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Storage Architect and Engineer at United Airlines

The price to performance ratio with NetApp is unmatched by any other vendor right now.

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Sr Data Storage at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

You have to pay a little bit more for the storage but you gain with the speed provided.

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Infrastructure Team Lead at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees

The price of the upgrading of the solution is high. I could buy a whole unit of All Flash FAS 300 with a shelf for around $285,000. Yet if I want to add one additional shelf, it'll cost me $275,000. So they want you to upgrade by replacing it. It's cheaper to buy a whole new unit than to just scale-out. The upside is they last. AFF lasts us three or four years. So that's a good investment. 

I don't think it's cost-efficient for a lot of people. Their pricing structure is not competitive at this point with other companies. Support is a fortune on it. Every three years you need to do a rip and replace for an upgrade. It's not an in-place upgrade.

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Storage Manager at State of Nebraska

We have used the solution’s thin provisioning to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. We use thin provisioning on all of our flash arrays at this point. It gives us the choice to be able to overprovision and take advantage of compression, compaction, and thin provisioning all at the same time. We can get more out of the purchases that we make.

I would like it to be a lot less expensive, but it's been a very good solution for us.

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Tech Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

The pricing is good.

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Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

One of the reasons we like this solution is that all of the features are included with the one license. For example, we can use NFS, CIFS, SnapMirror, SnapRestore, etc. It's all included in the package and we don't have to pick and choose.

We purchased the license for a five-year term.

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Specialist Senior at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

Comparing this solution to others it may seem expensive, but the price to performance for NetApp is greater. You get a lot more for the money.

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Director of Infrastructure Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

We would like it to be free.

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Angel Barra Madrigal
Consultor and Co-founder at OS4IT

All features are included in the license, whereas with an EMC solution, you have to pay separately for extra terabytes. 

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Bob Mulders
Head of Infrastructure, Network & Security Management at Vos Logistics N.V.

The price of NetApp is very expensive, but we don't know how much Pure is, so we can't compare.

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Consulting Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It depends on how you look at things, but they are in a higher price range.

They have different license models. You can get a license model where everything is included, but you can also purchase more licensing and buy what you need. It really depends on what you buy.

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IT Manager at Universo Online

We don't like the cost. We would like to buy more.

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