NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Pros and Cons

NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Pros

SteveGrangert
Storage Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
The most valuable feature of this solution is its simplicity. It is easy to use.
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Christopher Privitere
Unix Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Things that have been really useful, of course, are the clustering features and being able to stay online during failovers and code upgrades; and just being able to seamlessly do all sorts of movement of data without having to disrupt end-users' ability to get to those files. And we can take advantage of new shelves, new hardware, upgrade in place. It's kind of magic when it comes to doing those sorts of things.
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Michael Archuleta
Chief Information Officer at Mt. San Rafael Hospital
Tech support has been absolutely amazing. I think on the technical aspects as well, my staff is able to get great support from the NetApp technical support resources that we have. What I love about NetApp is they have a health care division. At times, it's such an amazing thing because if we have a healthcare-related issue, there's no one better than having prior CIOs from health care organizations that NetApp has hired, and that are part of the health care team, to help out with any of those initiatives and support problems. Support has been absolutely phenomenal.
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reviewer950775
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features of the solution are speed, performance, and reliability.
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reviewer1223547
Data Protection Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features of this solution are snapshotting and cloning.
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reviewer1223544
Consulting Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The solution’s thin provisioning has allowed us to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. We use thin provisioning for everything. We use the deduplication compression functionality for all of our NetApps. If we weren't using thin provisioning, we'd probably have two to times more storage on our floor right now than we do today.
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FelmonKahissay
System Administrator at Bell Canada
AFF has opened our eyes in a different light of how storage value works. In the past, we looked at it more as just a container where we could just dump our customer dBms and let the customers use it in terms of efficiency. Today, to be able to replicate that data to a different location, use that data to recover your environment or be able to have the flexibility with the solution and data. These are things which piqued our interest. It's something that we're willing to provide as a solution to our customers.
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reviewer1223526
Senior Network Technical Developer and Support Expert at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We are using the AQoS operating system, which allows us to get a lot more out of our AFF systems.
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ShawnMurdoch
Systems Engineer at Cleveland Clinic
Our AFF 8040 is currently helping us in terms of response time and speed because it is a flash system. Most importantly, it enables our SQL Cluster to respond to database queries and things a lot faster. It minimizes latency.
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Greg Rose
Principal Engineer at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
The valuable features are the fabric pool. We are taking our cold data and pumping it straight into an estuary bucket. Also, efficiency. We're getting about two and a half times upwards of data efficiency through compaction, compression, deduplication, and it's size. When we refreshed from two or three racks of spinning discs down into 5U of rack space, it not only saved us a whole heap of costs in our data center environment but also it's nice to be green. The power savings alone equated to be about 50 tons of CO2 a year that we no longer emit. It's a big game changer.
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NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Cons

SteveGrangert
Storage Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
I want an interface through ONTAP that look more like what it does for the E-Series with Santricity.
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Christopher Privitere
Unix Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
One of the areas that the product can improve is definitely in the user interface. We don't use it for SAN, but we've looked at using it for SAN and the SAN workflows are really problematic for my admins, and they just don't like doing SAN provisioning on that app. That really needs to change if we're going to adopt it and actually consider it to be a strong competitor versus some of the other options out there.
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Michael Archuleta
Chief Information Officer at Mt. San Rafael Hospital
The total cost of ownership has increased a little.
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reviewer950775
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Tech support is a place where there is room to improve the product experience. The response time when they are busy is not very good.
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reviewer1223547
Data Protection Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The cost of this solution should be reduced.
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reviewer1223544
Consulting Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Something I've talked to NetApp about in the past is going more to a node-based architecture, like the hyper-converged solutions that we are doing nowadays. Because the days of having to buy massive quantities of storage all at one time, have changed to being able to grow in smaller increments from a budgetary standpoint. This change would be great for our business. This is what my leadership would like to see in a lot of things that they purchase now. I would like to see that architecture continue to evolve in that clustered environment.
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FelmonKahissay
System Administrator at Bell Canada
Customer service is one area of the product line where I would love to see improvement. I have had several vendor experiences with NetApp where I faced challenges in the initial call trying to navigate the requirements of the service level expectation. Their response could be better improved. However, the final result is great. It is just the initial support level where improvement would help to effectively solve problems.
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reviewer1223526
Senior Network Technical Developer and Support Expert at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The quality of technical support has dwindled over time and needs to be improved.
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ShawnMurdoch
Systems Engineer at Cleveland Clinic
We currently use some thin provisioning for our planning system, but we will probably move away from thin provisioning because our Solaris planning system actually has some issues with the thin provisioning and way Solaris handles it, since Solaris uses a ZFS file system. The ZFS file system doesn't like the thin provisioning changing things and it brings systems down, which is bad.
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Greg Rose
Principal Engineer at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would like for them to develop the ability to detach the fabric pool. Once you've added it to an aggregate it's there for life and it would be nice to disconnect it if we ever had to.
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