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SteveGrangert
Real User
Storage Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
Nov 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its simplicity. It is easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We don't use NetApp AFF for machine learning or artificial intelligence applications. With respect to latency, we basically don't have any. If it's there then nobody knows it and nobody can see it… more»

What needs improvement?

I want an interface through ONTAP that look more like what it does for the E-Series with SANtricity. One of the things that I liked about the SANtricity GUI is that it is standalone Java. It doesn't… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've had NetApp since day one. Within our organization, there are multiple other teams and almost all of them use NetApp on classified networks. We have a little bit of HP and I think there's a… more»

What other advice do I have?

One of my favorite parts of this solution is that most of the day I sit there and do nothing, watching the lights go green on unify manager, knowing that they should stay green because it indicates… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't have any other vendors on the list, although we had one team that tried to push HP on to us and we said no. HP was really the only other possible alternative that we had. We had tossed… more»
Christopher Privitere
Real User
Unix Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature on AFF, for me as a user, is one of the most basic NetApp features, which just: new-size, plus 20 gigabytes; the ability to instantaneously grow a volume. It's so dumb and yet you use it so many times a day. A user comes to you and says, "I need more space." "Okay, here… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We've been using AFF for file shares for about 14 years now. So it's hard for me to remember how things were before we had it. For the Windows drives, they switched over before I started with the company, so it's hard for me to remember before that. But for the NFS, I do remember that things were… more»

What needs improvement?

But I find some issues with other administrators on my team when it comes to management of the data because they have to either learn a CLI, which some of them really don't like to do — to really get into managing how volumes should be moved or to edit permissions and stuff like that. Or they go… more»

What other advice do I have?

Don't be scared. They're a great partner. They've got a lot of options for you. They've got a lot of tools for you. Just don't be scared to look for them. You might need to do a little bit of digging; you might need to learn how the CLI works. But once you do, it's an extremely powerful thing and… more»
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Michael Archuleta
Real User
CIO at Mt. San Rafael Hospital
Oct 21 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»
Real User
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of the solution are speed, performance, and reliability.

How has it helped my organization?

NetApp AFF helped to improve our organization functions by improving our storage solution. We used to use tapes and that required a lot of effort and resources. Now the… more»

What needs improvement?

The manufacturers are moving very fast with releases and additions of features. Versions 9.5 and 9.6 are already out and they are adding more and more features to every… more»

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

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… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We knew that we needed to invest in a new solution as it was mostly a cost-effective decision. When the purchase of our AFF system was announced — which was an AFF8040 —… more»

What other advice do I have?

The solution's simplicity around data protection and data management is very good. The SnapMirror and SnapVault data protection is a wonderful thing. Also using snapshots… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other vendors were not really on the shortlist at the time. NetApp is our standard for now. In the future, I don't know if it will remain that way and we may re-evaluate… more»
Real User
Data Protection Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are snapshotting and cloning. For example, we make use of FlexClone. We're making more use of fabric pools, which is basically tiering of the storage. That way, instead of having just ONTAP with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution reduced our costs by consolidating several types of disparate storage. The savings come mostly in power consumption and density. One of our big data center costs, which was clear when we built our recent data center, is that… more»

What needs improvement?

The cost of this solution should be reduced. SnapCenter is the weak point of this solution. It would be amazing from a licensing standpoint if they got rid of SnapCenter completely and offered Veeam as an integration.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we had all these different disparate types of storage. It was a problem because, for example, but we'd be running on low NAS but there was all the extra storage in our SAN environment. The solution seems a little… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is a really good solution that definitely meets our needs. It integrates well with all of the software that we're using and they have a lot of good partnerships that enable that. There are a lot of things that can bolt right in and… more»
Real User
Consulting Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 14 2019

What is most valuable?

* Simplicity * Their storage efficiency * Compression * Deduplication * Compaction * The ease of being able to move data around.

How has it helped my organization?

It has been very helpful for us. Data mobility is big. Being able to move data between different locations quickly and easily. This applies to data protection and replication. The hardware… more»

What needs improvement?

Early on, the clustered architecture was a little rough, but I know in the last four years, the solution has been absolutely rock solid for us. Something I've talked to NetApp about in the past is… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We use all-flash arrays for our network shares. We have a couple of other platforms that we also have used in the past. I really wanted to move away from those for simplicity. Another big reason is… more»

What other advice do I have?

When you are evaluating solutions: * What are your goals? * What are your priorities? You will be looking at things, like cloud, automation, and simplicity, regardless of how big you are. The NetApp… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did RFIs with the different solutions. We were looking at a NetApp, Isilon, and Nutanix. Those were three that we were looking at. NetApp won out primarily around simplicity and ease of automation… more»
FelmonKahissay
Real User
System Administrator at Bell Canada
Nov 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are dedupe, compression, compaction, and the flexibility to offload your cold data to StorageGRID. This is biggest key point which drove our whole move to the NetApp AFF… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With AFF, the benefit is that we have 27 data centers across the country, we are able to standardize across all them and do storage replication. The simplicity of being able to offload cold data to… more»

What needs improvement?

We are looking at Cloud Volume today. We would like to be able to have on-prem VMs that can just be pushed o the cloud, making that transition very seamless in a situation where you are low on… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Initially, we were working with EMC VNX devices. But as life kicks in, we were looking for a long-term solution and what our roadmap was in terms of storage aspects. We saw the true benefit in terms… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the product as a 10 (out of 10), but the whole package including the support would be a nine (out of 10). Cold data tiering to cloud is something that we're looking at today. Right now… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Comparing it to other vendors, there was more complexity when leveraging the features with the cost of the features available today, based on where the roadmap is. NetApp seems to fit our requirements… more»
Real User
Senior Network Technical Developer and Support Expert at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are SnapMirror and SnapVault. We are using SnapMirror in both of our data centers, and we're protecting our data with that. It is very easy to do. We are just beginning to utilize SnapVault. We… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Prior to bringing in NetApp, we would do a lot of Commvault backups. We utilize Commvault, so we were just backing up the data that way, and recovering that way. Utilizing Snapshots and SnapMirror allows us to recover a lot faster. We use… more»

What needs improvement?

The read latency is higher than we would expect from SSDs. The quality of technical support has dwindled over time and needs to be improved.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we were running a NetApp 7-Mode implementation with twenty-four filers.

What other advice do I have?

We are looking at implementing SnapCenter, which gives us one pane of glass to utilize snapshots in different ways, especially to protect our databases. I used to work on EMC, and particularly, the VNX product. They had storage tiering… 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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NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS
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