NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Reviews

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Michael Archuleta
Real User
CIO at Mt. San Rafael Hospital
May 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The user experience has been absolutely amazing. We're about 80% virtualized on the desktop standpoint, so we do utilize VDI very highly. Using the All-Flash FAS solution, we had to basically determine that there was going to be some… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Everyone looks at health care because health care has been an amazing organization to be in. We're seeing the transformation of how we're becoming a digital company. Every organization is becoming a digital company, and we're starting to… more»

What needs improvement?

Considering that NetApp has health care view and that really strong health care initiative, they really need to consider what they need to do next to improve better data sharing and to make sure that the information that we are sharing with… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

I am part of the NetApp A-Team. I've been a huge advocate towards NetApp. I would say that nothing is perfect, but NetApp is leading the way when it comes to digital transformation and digital efficiencies as well. Their focus towards… more»
Charles Vroman
Real User
IT Administrator at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 01 2017

What is most valuable?

Some of the best things about AFF are that it integrates seamlessly with what we're used to for FAS as well. We can use the same ecosystem, OnCommand Unified Manager, but get the performance, the raw… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One example is we're moving a legacy application over. I'm actually in the middle of a project for that right now, where it's four Windows servers each with eight terabytes, that our actuary… more»

What needs improvement?

Looking at the road map that's out there, I think they're heading in the right direction. Additional performance, additional data efficiencies, that's what everybody wants right now. And then the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Yes and no. We're in the process of retiring some old storage frames, old Hitachi frames actually. I believe it's just disk-based. There are actually three different Hitachi frames and they're… more»

What other advice do I have?

We have a 8080 EX HA pair, an 8040 HA pair, and an A700 all in the same cluster. That's our production cluster. We also run an AFF8040 for non-production and then a couple of other FAS heads: two HA… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have storage frames from most of the large vendors, so EMC would have been on the table, IBM would have been on the table, Hitachi. And really with the ecosystem that NetApp has built up around it… more»
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Andrew Ramos
Real User
System Engineer at Outfront Media
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of use. To integrate it into our virtual environment is very easy, the integration with VMware is very nice. I think it's better than other vendors have. It makes it easy, even for people who… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The big benefit is the performance increase over the previous versions and the previous systems. Also, to be able to do things such as moving machines around, moving volumes around, the little… more»

What needs improvement?

I've definitely thought about this at earlier times, where I would probably have more stuff than I do now. The integration is pretty good. I think there could probably be some more functionality out… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We mainly run virtual environments, VMware NFS. We were previously using just SATA and SaaS disk and we went to the All Flash and the performance was way better. It was a great improvement over the… more»

What other advice do I have?

Right now we just use it for file storage. We were using block and file. I'm going to be using block in the future as well. In terms of my impression of NetApp as a vendor of high profile SAN storage… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had NetApp already, so they were always a front runner, but we were looking at EMC, EqualLogic. And even, instead of having a NetApp, a different DR solution altogether, where we would have a… more»
Rodney Barnes
Real User
Enterprise Storage Admin at Commonwealth Of Kentucky :Cot
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

* Performance * Integration into the ONTAP * The cost of the product itself With the compression and dedupe, it's not necessarily a one-to-one gigabyte for gigabyte, where the compression and the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ease of use: We're familiar with the NetApp platform and ONTAP. We're comfortable with the tool sets that it has. We've been trained on it as a group for quite sometime. We started out with… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a little more integration with some of the core fundamental components of OCI as part of the ONTAP OnCommand Manager, instead of it just being either all OnCommand Unified Manager… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have multiple platforms. We have EMC, VNX7600s, and we just got rid of a VNX5600 and 5400 that were not able to keep up with the compute for what we were driving through them. We had on one of… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look for these three major components when researching a similar product: * Supportability with tech support * Scalability * The stability of the platforms. As far as AFF, we've had far better… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Every time we go through an upgrade process or we have a new purchase, we look at what functionality is offered by each vendor/manufacturer and we don't purchase based on fidelity to a single vendor… more»
Greg Weld
Real User
Senior CI Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

Some of the most valuable features of All Flash are the speed, integration with vCenter, being able to clone VMs instantly, and the ability to move data around quickly. The user experience with AFF is much like others of NetApp's products: fantastic. It's extremely familiar. It's very intuitive. We… more»

How has it helped my organization?

NetApp AFF has improved our organization through the use of clusters. Previously we had migrated from Dell EMC and we had a lot of difficulties moving data around. Now, if we need to move it to any slower storage, we can move it with just a vault move within the cluster. Even moving data between… more»

What needs improvement?

NetApp's always got their eye on new features and new use cases for things before we even get to them. It's been pretty amazing that they'll come out with new features, and we haven't even been thinking that this is a way that we might be able to use this in the future. I've been really excited… more»

What other advice do I have?

I give AFF a ten out of ten because there are amazing features on it. It's extremely fast, it's extremely usable, and the support's fantastic. I would advise someone considering AFF as a possibility for storage, I would tell them to look at all the features, positives and negatives of all the other… more»
Greg Rose
Real User
Principal Engineer at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 20 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

AFF improves how our organization functions because of its speed. Reduction in batch times means that we're able to get better information out of SAP and into BW faster. Those kinds of things are a… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like for them to develop the ability to detach the fabric pool. Once we've added it to an aggregate it's there for life and it would be nice to disconnect it if we ever had to.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We knew it was time to switch to this solution because it was costing us a fortune in maintenance, especially when our hardware was getting over the three to five year old mark. With spinning disc… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate AFF a ten out of ten. If I was in the position to tell someone else about All Flash FAS and why they should get it I would simply say just do it. I think everybody in the storage… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also considered Dell EMC and Pure Storage. The biggest reason we picked NetApp was the ease of actually getting the data to the next iteration but also the other vendors don't have a product that… more»
TahirAli
Real User
Chief Enterprise Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for AFF are the speed, durability, back up, the time, the workloads that we are using currently are much faster than what they used to be. We're getting a lot of different things out of All Flash. We have not connected our AFF to public cloud yet. We are not sure if we are going to do it because of PHI. For any healthcare, it's extremely important to safeguard the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use almost all of our virtualization workloads on All Flash. Before we migrated to All Flash we used to use a different vendor for NAS solution. Some were NAS and some were Block storage. Now, logging ETLs are maybe ten times faster currently than what they used to be. We are getting amazing speeds off of FAS that we never had before. We also use a lot of the AFF for end user storage. All the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I don't think anybody is doing a NAS solution or a filer solution better than NetApp. If you only talk about NetApp's filer, All Flash, I would give you it a nine and ten out of ten. It's one of the best of the breed currently in the market.
Real User
Manager San Operations at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

The performance is the most valuable feature. The primary use cases for our All Flash storage system are primarily server virtualization and data storage for unstructured… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been able to construct a business intelligence environment with nearly instant reporting for our parks, so they can determine where resources need to be put during… more»

What needs improvement?

The only complaints I ever had was with OnCommand Unified Manager and Performance Manager, and they fixed them in the last version.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Definitely go with NetApp. You're going to look at other vendors. They may come in at a cheaper price point, but you will pay in the end with management costs and… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had a different NetApp solution before. We actually started running the numbers, and due to the age of the systems, we were starting to lose multiple disks at a time… more»

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * High availability * Reliability * Performance. We have to be able to do the three P's. Get people in the front gate… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before purchase All Flash, we had a very high impression of NetApp as a vendor of high performance sound storage. It is still very high as it is the only vendor we would… more»
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NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud.  Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.

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