NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Primary Use Case

SteveGrangert
Storage Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
We use NetApp AFF mostly as a NAS solution, but we do some SAN with it. Basically, we're just doing file services for the most part. We're running an AFF A300 as well as a FAS8040 that is clustered together with the AFF A300. We're not allowed to use cloud models. View full review »
Christopher Privitere
Unix Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Our primary use case for AFF is to host our internal file shares for all of our company's "F" drives, which is what we call them. All of our CIFS and NFS are hosted on our AFF system right now. View full review »
Michael Archuleta
Chief Information Officer at Mt. San Rafael Hospital
We have a pretty amazing story about using AFS. When I went into this organization, we had a 59% uptime ratio, and at the time we were looking at how to improve on efficiency, and how to bring good technology initiatives together to make this digital transformation happen. When the Affordable Care Act came out, it started mandating a lot of these health care organizations to implement an electronic medical record system. Of course, since health care has been behind the curve when it comes to technology, it was a major problem when I came into this organization that had a 59% uptime ratio. They also wanted to implement an electronic medical record system throughout their facility, and we didn't have the technology in place. One of my key initiatives at the time was to determine what we wanted to do as a whole organization. We wanted to focus on the digital transformation. We needed to determine if we could find some good business partners in place so we selected NetApp. We were trying to create a better, efficient process, with very strong security practices as well. We selected an All-Flash FAS solution because we were starting to implement virtual desktop infrastructure with VMware. We wanted to throw out zero clients throughout the whole organization for the physicians, which allowed them to do single sign-on. The physician would be able to go to one specific office, tap his badge, sign in to the specific system from there. That floating profile would come over with him, and then you just created some great efficiencies. The security practices behind the ONTAP solution and the security that we were experiencing with NetApp was absolutely out of this world. I've been very impressed with it. One of the main reasons I started with NetApp was because they have a strong focus on health care initiatives. I was asked to sit on the neural network, which was a NetApp-facilitated health care advisory group that focused and looked at the overall roadmap of NetApp. When you have a good business partner like NetApp, versus a vendor where a vendor's going to come in, sell me a solution and just call me a year later and say that they want us to sign something, I'm not looking for people like that. I'm looking for business partners. What I like to say is, "My success is your success, and your success is ours." That's really a critical point that NetApp has demonstrated. View full review »
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reviewer950775
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use for this solution is for production storage. We have got everything: VMware, SQL servers and file servers. It handles all of them. View full review »
reviewer1223547
Data Protection Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
This solution provides storage for our entire company. We have a unified architecture with NAS and SAN from both NetApp ONTAP AFF clusters. View full review »
reviewer1223544
Consulting Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We use it primarily for CIFS and NFS shares, e.g., Windows shares and network shares for Linux-based systems. View full review »
FelmonKahissay
System Administrator at Bell Canada
Currently, we are leveraging AFF for our VMware environment solution. So, we use it as a storage for our customers and are leveraging it to provide a faster storage solution for VMware customers. We are using it for block level based only storage, as of today. View full review »
reviewer1223526
Senior Network Technical Developer and Support Expert at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
NetApp AFF is used to store all of our data. We're a full Epic shop, and we 're running Epic on all of our AFFs. We also run Caché, Clarity Business Objects, and we love the SnapMirror technologies. View full review »
Greg Weld
Senior CI Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary use case that we have for NetApp's All Flash FAS is for on-premise storage that we've used for presenting LANs, NFS, and SIF shares for servers for analytics and ESX data storage. View full review »
ShawnMurdoch
Systems Engineer at Cleveland Clinic
The primary use case for AFF is as a SAN storage for our SQL database and VMware environment, which drives our treatment systems. We do not use our it currently for AI or machine learning. We are running ONTAP 9.6. View full review »
Greg Rose
Principal Engineer at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
My primary use case for All Flash FAS that we have is pretty much everything. It is the go-to storage device that we use for block fiber channel devices on our heavy SAP workloads as well as user base files and file shares for databases. View full review »
TahirAli
Chief Enterprise Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary use case for AFF is for all of the filers. We're also doing a lot of workloads for virtualization. All of our virtualization workloads are currently running on All Flash FAS. View full review »
JoshBishop
Manager at Pramerica
Our primary use case for this solution is for production storage. We don't use ONTAP for artificial intelligence or machine learning applications. We're not replicating to the cloud yet. We're replicating from on-prem to on-prem, but replicating to the cloud is probably our next step in our data center evolution. View full review »
reviewer1223355
IT Director at a legal firm
We use this solution for back end storage of vSphere virtual machines over NFS. View full review »
reviewer1223421
Senior Data Center Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary use case of this solution is for our production storage array. View full review »
VinodKaila
Storage Architect and Engineer at United Airlines
We use NetApp AFF to host all of our on-premises applications and data. View full review »
StorageA3fb6
Storage Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
We use it for block storage. View full review »
DataCentee24
Data Center Engineer at a non-profit
We use it for typical data center workloads: Exchange, file shares, and SQL. View full review »
AlirezaDanestehpoor
Senior Storage Engineer at Hyundai autoever
We have been using the FAS series product, and AFF is pretty similar to the FAS products, as it still runs the ONTAP operating system. They are using AFF because that comes with all-flash disks, which gives us better performance with a smaller footprint. We use that mainly to start our block and NAS data. View full review »
Keith Latimer
IT Operations Manager at Idaho State Insurance Fund
NetApp is our primary storage device for our line of business. We use NetApp as our primary storage device and also for our DR. We are a workers' comp insurance company that has been in business for a 120 years. View full review »
NetworkSb3b8
Network Services Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it for our EHR. We have 4,000 users who need to have access to a very large EHR called Epic. We are sharing a cache database through AIX servers. View full review »
SanEnginf30d
SAN Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
NetApp is introducing All Flash FAS with the all-flash array. Our customers like performance, they don't want to deal with latency. Using an all-flash array, our customers get impact from performance. View full review »
Sunder Periesany
Technical manager at Macrovention
We have a range of customers, from manufacturing to oil & gas, in Malaysia. We have been using NetApp for quite some time, but now performance is a big issue for our customers, along with other challenges for them, so they are opting to go to All Flash. NetApp is doing a good job of delivering to and satisfying customers. All Flash cloud technology has helped them a lot. View full review »
DavidGarcia
Systems Engineer at Nordstrom, Inc.
Our primary use for NetApp AFF is backup for our production. It's more for our database for all of our retail for Nordstrom. We've got to keep it running every day, so we've got to make sure that we have all the databases backed up for three years, or more. View full review »
AlanHaskic
Systems Management Engineer at Linklaters
The primary use case for AFF is for use in our production environment. Within our production environment, we have a number of different data stores that AFF serves. We use a number of protocols from NFS to CIFS, as well from the file system protocols, and in the block level we use iSCSI. We are a fully on-prem business as far as data positioning data sets. We don't have real-time applications that we run in-house, being a law firm. The most important thing is the availability of our environments and applications that we serve to our client base. We don't have real-time applications that we could be measured in real tangible form that would make a huge difference for us. Nevertheless, the way it goes: the faster, the better; the more powerful, the better; and the more resources you can get from it, the better. View full review »
reviewer1085652
Sr Data Storage at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We use AFF to serve out the Oracle and for the virtual storage VDI. View full review »
VikramjeetSingh
Storage Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case for NetApp AFF is performance-based applications. Whenever our customers complain about performance, we move their data to an all-flash system to improve it. We have our own data center and don't share our network with others. View full review »
reviewer1223358
Infrastructure Team Lead at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
We use this solution for NAS and SAN. View full review »
reviewer1223388
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Our primary use case for this solution is machine learning. View full review »
BryanCranny
Storage Manager at State of Nebraska
We use NetApp AFF products for file storage across multiple agencies in the State of Nebraska. We are a consolidated state, so all of the agencies of our state have consolidated files on NetApp products. We use AFF as our top tier solid-state storage for application and user data storage. View full review »
reviewer1223436
Tech Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case is enterprise storage for our email database system. We have just been using on-premise. We are looking to move the workloads to the cloud, but right now it's just on-premise. View full review »
Ed Alexander
Senior Systems Administrator at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
We use it for high performance, block storage, and file storage. The highest performance need apps are usually deployed on AFF. We're using adaptive QoS to identify what applications require higher performance and moving those volumes over to the AFF. View full review »
MichaelDrueing
Solution Architect at Advanced UniByte GmbH
The primary use case is for customers who need absolute low latency and have low latency in their workloads. They need maximum performance in their virtualization and file storage environments. View full review »
reviewer1223538
Storage Administrator at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We are in the process of moving to AWS and we are using this solution to help move all of our data to the cloud, using the tiering and other functionality. We have approximately fifty AFF clusters spread across three locations. We plan to use this solution for artificial intelligence and machine-learning applications, but we are still in the PoC right now. It is something that my team is working on. Our DR and backup are done using SnapMirror. View full review »
reviewer1223415
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We use this solution for in-house data. View full review »
reviewer1223367
Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use NetApp AFF to support our VMware environment. View full review »
reviewer1223409
Specialist Senior at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use for this solution is NFS and fiber channel mounts for VMware and Solaris. View full review »
it_user577449
Manager Biomedical System Services at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it for medical systems. View full review »
StorageE2e33
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case of this solution is for its speed. We're using the AFF as a cache disk. We have terabytes of data that we have to move quickly off a system. The only way we could do that is with the 40 gig backbone that all-flash array provides and the speed of the disks. View full review »
reviewer1223364
Sr Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We primarily use NetApp AFF for file storage and VMware. View full review »
Sandeep Thota
Consulting Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary use case is escalating a more global performance, which wasn't achievable with the regular spinning drives. We wanted to have higher breakthrough performance with a flash-based solution using all SSD drives. View full review »
SeniorSt396d
Senior Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it for data storage, applications, and CIFS shares. View full review »
SeniorStd2e6
Senior storage engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
We use it for our VWware environment. We run virtual machines and our plan is to migrate all of them to the All Flash platform. View full review »
Jaime Cogua
Senior Unix Storage Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary usage for All Flash is for the Oracle Database. View full review »
reviewer1233003
Director of Infrastructure Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We did it for consolidation of eight file repairs. We needed the speed to make sure that it worked when we consolidated. View full review »
reviewer1223394
System Programmer at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Our primary use case for NetApp AFF is unstructured data. We set up it up for high availability and minimum downtime. View full review »
PhilHarris
Technical Lead at USAF
Our primary use case of this solution is for SAN block storage. We don't use AFF for artificial intelligence or machine learning applications. View full review »
RajkumarKatke
Technical Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case is availability, performance, bandwidth, and throughput with respect to our applications. We are currently using an on-premise solution. View full review »
SeniorIn28f7
Senior in technology and engineer at a marketing services firm
We use it for data storage. View full review »
SysAdminacb3
Sys Admin at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
We use it for all of our VM storage. View full review »
Zakeer Mohammed
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Whenever we face any issues with performance, particularly any performance with our high outreaching storage site, we are recommended to use an all-flash service, because we rely on our primary solution at all times. If it seem like there are issues, we have bring in different vendors as a buffer. We have adopted an all-flash primary solution with this use case. View full review »
Sonu Parmar
IT Manager at TELUS Corporation
We use it for NFS and CIFS to structure data. We have about a couple of petabytes of all-flash. View full review »
PrArch3450
Principal Architect at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have a multi-tenant shared solution that we use with Quality of Service to provide bare metal as a service and IP storage to our customers. We keep it very simple. It's an automated solution which customers configure on a portal and then it automatically configures storage for them. View full review »
reviewer1223418
Storage Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case for AFF is for file storage. View full review »
reviewer1232979
Storage Team Lead at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We primarily utilize AFFs for engineering VDIs. We are utilizing it to host VDI and performance is the primary expectation from AFFs. We are satisfied with the product. View full review »
PyldItgrn734
Payload Integration at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
AFF is our primary source for our data centers. We use it for our multi-tenancy data center. We like the crypto erase function available on the SSDs and we needed the high performance, IOPs that you can get from SSDs. View full review »
StorageE3f86
Storage Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
We are using it for VMware and Hyper-V data stores. View full review »
SystemsE2a93
Systems Engineer Manager at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
We do storage across the United States. View full review »
Paul Holt
Executive director IT Systems at MemorialCare Health System
We use it for electronic medical record storage. View full review »
Rodrigo Carte
Head of IT at Inacap
We use data storage for our big environment. It creates an environment where students and teachers can work together. We did the installation two months ago. Now, we are reviewing its affect on behavior over time, which has been incredible. We have less latency within all applications. View full review »
Alberto Alberti
Senior System Engineer at ICTeam
VMware multi-tenant and SnapMirror destination, multi customers' filesystem too, no problem with multi AD and domain View full review »
StorageEd685
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it in the healthcare industry. View full review »
DataDeli1702
Data Delivery at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are it for CIFS, NFS, and NAS. We are also using it for the cloud environment. View full review »
ITP2310
ICT Operations Manager at a government with 11-50 employees
It's, mainly it's for storage, we have various databases with different applications and we are using it just for storage, mainly as just a storage for our systems. View full review »
SeniorEn1c49
Senior Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are mostly using it for NAS, CIFS, and NFS protocols. View full review »
Carlos_Oliveira
IT Manager at Universo Online
Our primary use case is that we have two areas with AFF storage View full review »
Rodrigo Carte
Head of IT at Inacap
Mixed sharing between Windows and Linux using CIFS and NFS is the best solution you can experiment with. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
We have deployed NetApp AFF with four nodes; two of these are in our primary data center, and the remaining two are in the second data center. We are using Cluster Mode configurations. View full review »
reviewer1035522
System Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware datastores over NFS for DL585 G7 hosts on a 10G switch. View full review »
Miguel Tena
Infrastructure and Services Presales Consultant at ID Grup
Shared storage for virtualized environments. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS). Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
442,041 professionals have used our research since 2012.