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. View full review »
reviewer950775
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. View full review »
reviewer1223421
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. View full review »
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VinodKaila
Storage Architect and Engineer at United Airlines
The price to performance ratio with NetApp is unmatched by any other vendor right now. View full review »
NetworkSb3b8
Network Services Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The total cost, the pricing of it, has gone up quite a bit. View full review »
SanEnginf30d
SAN Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Using NetApp, our total cost of ownership decreased by 17%. View full review »
reviewer1085652
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. View full review »
reviewer1223358
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. View full review »
BryanCranny
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. View full review »
reviewer1223436
Tech Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The pricing is good. View full review »
reviewer1223367
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. View full review »
reviewer1223409
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. View full review »
it_user577449
Manager Biomedical System Services at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Look at the different options that NetApp offers. Look for a model and option which fits your needs correctly. Don't buy a low-end product for a high-end job. NetApps offers a lot of different options. Just take your time and work with the consulting teams. Lay out what your needs are to ensure you are purchasing what will help you be successful. View full review »
reviewer1233003
Director of Infrastructure Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We would like it to be free. View full review »
PyldItgrn734
Payload Integration at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Our total cost of ownership has increased. SSDs are expensive. View full review »
StorageE3f86
Storage Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
I would like the pricing to be cheaper. View full review »
Alberto Alberti
Senior System Engineer at ICTeam
full bundle too expensive I.e. full licenses to implement native replicas and backups View full review »
ITP2310
ICT Operations Manager at a government with 11-50 employees
Always consider whether you can afford the solution. View full review »
Carlos_Oliveira
IT Manager at Universo Online
We don't like the cost. We would like to buy more. View full review »
Rostislav Rusev
COO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
With other options, you need to buy a couple of different products to achieve the same outcome. View full review »
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