NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Scalability

SteveGrangert
Storage Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
Scalability is not a problem. When we got the new flash system, we were able to combine it with the old hybrid that included iSCSI, SATA, SAS, and flash, into a four-way cluster. It was all running before the end of the day, and we moved about four hundred terabytes worth of data between them. View full review »
Christopher Privitere
Unix Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Scalability on AFF is an interesting thing. We use CIFS and that doesn't scale well as a protocol. AFF does its darndest to get us up there. We've found that once we got into the right lineup of array, like the AFF A700 series, or thereabouts, that was when we had what we needed for our workloads at our site. But I would say that the mid-range stuff was not really doing it for us, and our partners were hesitant to push us to the enterprise tier when they should have. So for a while, we thought NetApp just couldn't do it, but it was really just that our partners were scared of sticker-shock with us. Right now we've been finding AFF for CIFS is doing everything we need. If we start leveraging it for SAN I could have something to say on that, but we don't. View full review »
Michael Archuleta
Chief Information Officer at Mt. San Rafael Hospital
Scalability, the improvements that we see with AFS, and the reliability has been such a critical element. I think the technology that NetApp has, especially when you look at a disaster recovery standpoint because you figure we're a health care organization and any type of outage is considered revenue loss, we really want to try to avoid those specific elements. View full review »
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reviewer950775
Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability of the product is wonderful. It is just simple matter of adding more shelves and provision more disk storage. View full review »
reviewer1223547
Data Protection Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It seems to be almost infinitely scalable. Being an organization as large as we are, it definitely meets our needs. View full review »
reviewer1223544
Consulting Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Scalability has been great. There have been some things I would like to see them do differently, but overall, the scalability has been wonderful for us. 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. View full review »
FelmonKahissay
System Administrator at Bell Canada
Scalability is the most effective way that we have seen so far from NetApp to be able to add additional disks. The ability to leverage the efficiency has also given us the flexibility to integrate it as one solution. Scalability is working for us. As demand grows, NetApp has been supporting it. View full review »
reviewer1223526
Senior Network Technical Developer and Support Expert at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Scalability is pretty easy. We've done multiple head swaps in our environment to swap out the old with the new. It's awesome for that purpose. View full review »
Greg Weld
Senior CI Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability's fantastic. Many times we have had to add capacity which included the compute power and the storage. We've just added HA pairs to the cluster and it's extremely easy to migrate over to those. You can just do vault moves to get over to the new nodes and then evict the old nodes from the cluster. The fact that you can scale up to 24 nodes gives you a great deal of scalability possibility. View full review »
ShawnMurdoch
Systems Engineer at Cleveland Clinic
The scalability of AFF in our NetApp systems in general has been ewonderful. I have another enclosure full of flash drives sitting in our dock right now ready to go in. I can schedule it, put it in the rack, and have it in the system and utilized in maybe half an hour. It works just great. Our AFF has freed us up greatly in terms of allocating storage. Our old system didn't expand at all. With the new system, we can add another shelf in, merge data into the aggregate, and grow volumes (all live), which is great in a hospital. View full review »
Greg Rose
Principal Engineer at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Scalability is a really cool part of the product in terms of growing. We don't see that we'll actually need to do much of that. We'll take more advantage of fabric pool and actually push that data out to a lower tier of storage at AWS and our initial projections on that suggest that we've got a lot of very cold data we're actually storing today. View full review »
TahirAli
Chief Enterprise Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is almost a catch 22. It's excellent because you can quickly scale, it's ONTAP, you can keep adding clusters without a problem, both the nodes, the controllers and of course the disc or the flash itself. The bad part about having scalability is the expense. It is currently extremely expensive, to be able to scale so fast on flash. What a lot of people are doing is that they make part of it all flash but as the data gets bigger, the archival, the older, the colder, migrate onto a slower, less expensive disc. That's what we are doing as well. View full review »
JoshBishop
Manager at Pramerica
If we want to expand, the option is there for us to do that. It's not a requirement at the minute, but I know that we want to do it. It should be really easy to do, just add another cluster and then just configure it. We know it's available to us. We know how easy it is to configure, so that's a great option that we have there if we need it. View full review »
reviewer1223355
IT Director at a legal firm
As for scalability, we've added shelves in with very little effort. We're probably not what NetApp wants to see, but we've been purchasing some large six-terabyte SATA drives to expand out colder storage and just get those racked and plugged in. It's very easy to take it up and scale. We are looking very slowly at moving towards the cloud and the NetApp approach to cloud storage is way ahead of what we need, which is very reassuring. View full review »
reviewer1223421
Senior Data Center Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution is scalable, it's phenomenal. This solution's thin provisioning has allowed us to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. The thin provisioning has helped us with deduplication, maintaining compaction, and efficiency levels. Without the provisioning, we wouldn't be able to take advantage of all of the great features. We are running approximately a petabyte of storage physically, and logically approximately ten petabytes. View full review »
VinodKaila
Storage Architect and Engineer at United Airlines
Scaling this solution is easy. You can start small with one HA pair and add them as you go. You can make new clusters and add new nodes to clusters. View full review »
StorageA3fb6
Storage Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
One of the scalability problems that we've had is the amount of storage per node, as it is 600 terabytes. This still seems a little low. However, there is a compute issue with large capacity, so it's just smarter to add additional nodes into a cluster. So, the scalability is there. View full review »
DataCentee24
Data Center Engineer at a non-profit
We haven't needed to scale it yet. We probably won't. But obviously, because we are in a multi-node cluster environment, with the switches we can scale out very easily if we need to. View full review »
Keith Latimer
IT Operations Manager at Idaho State Insurance Fund
It is very scalable. Because of the cloning and snapshots that we do, we are getting a data efficiency ratio out of our production array of about 32:1, which is a high ratio. So, we took quite a bit of data and shrunk it down in size, letting it scale out better. We are going to be adding another shelf to it, but storage to the NetApp application has always been easy to do. We usually do it ourselves without getting a third-party contractor involved. View full review »
NetworkSb3b8
Network Services Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have not had to scale it. We bought it at about 128 terabytes and, right now, we are probably at about 80 or 90. Because of the upgrade, next year we are going to grow 30 percent. We will probably upgrade in 2020 or increase the space. View full review »
SanEnginf30d
SAN Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is good. Compared to the different vendors, the scalability is very flexible, in the sense that you can scale up to whatever you want, expand your storage, expand your clusters, expand your nodes. NetApp makes it possible. Some vendors have come up with models that won't expand their nodes, which creates the need to buy different clusters. For example, let's say I have four nodes. My four nodes have the capability of taking one million IOPS, but my storage backend isn't complete, so I can't expand that. So the nodes are of no use. NetApp is not only thinking from the customer's point of view, but they are also thinking about every other prospective use and they include a lot in all-flash drives. View full review »
Sunder Periesany
Technical manager at Macrovention
At this point in time, a few customers are looking at scaling it. Since NetApp provides vast scalability, whether they scale up or scale out, it gives them better flexibility. View full review »
DavidGarcia
Systems Engineer at Nordstrom, Inc.
We are working on scaling this solution right now. It is a big part of what we want to do, including moving to the cloud. View full review »
reviewer1085652
Sr Data Storage at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability is a non-disruptive add on so if we need to grow the system we are able to either add an additional shell to it. View full review »
VikramjeetSingh
Storage Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We have expanded a lot. We had an eight-node cluster and now we have a twelve-node cluster. Scalability is really easy when it comes to NetApp. View full review »
reviewer1223358
Infrastructure Team Lead at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
It is easy to deploy and it's scalable. View full review »
reviewer1223388
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The scalability is very good and we have had no issues. View full review »
Ashwin Bhadra
Senior Manager of Product and Services at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's an all-flash so you just add more clusters, nodes, and you're done. Scalability isn't an issue. That was one of the evaluation criteria, we needed something that would scale out. View full review »
BryanCranny
Storage Manager at State of Nebraska
In both our traditional cluster and MetroCluster, we have been able to scale very easily. We just add additional shelves of solid-state disk. They expand the storage array so we can just increase the aggregate sizes and assign more space. It's been very simple to scale. View full review »
reviewer1223436
Tech Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
For the AFFs, I haven't had any problems with the scalability. We went from two to six nodes without a problem. It helped us easily move about 10 petabytes of data from San Diego to Phoenix. View full review »
Ed Alexander
Senior System Engineer at Red Hat
It scales well, probably more so than the FAS. Because of the storage density with the SSDs, we can't buy enough SSDs to max one out. View full review »
Peg Heffron
Network Professional at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have not needed to scale it. View full review »
MichaelDrueing
Solution Architect at Advanced UniByte GmbH
The scalability is great. The cluster scalability can be scaled out. The cluster can be scale out to up to 24 nodes. You can also scale them up if you add disks. So, scalability is not a problem. You can even scale it down if you need to, and we've also done this with a few customers. We can scale down the clusters later if the workload or requirements change. That is definitely one of the big plus points. View full review »
reviewer1223538
Storage Administrator at a software R&D company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Scalability is something that we are spending time on, but it is an internal issue related to seeking financial approval. The scalability of the solution is not a technical issue. View full review »
reviewer1223415
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
From what I can't tell, this solution is very scalable. View full review »
reviewer1223367
Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Overall, I like the scalability. It can do NAS, CIFS, and fiber channel all in one box and it's easy to manage. View full review »
reviewer1223409
Specialist Senior at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
We haven't needed to scale yet, but I can imagine that it would be seamless. View full review »
it_user577449
Manager Biomedical System Services at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability is endless. There have been no limits that we have come across yet. View full review »
StorageE2e33
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Scalability is excellent. If we need more space it's a no downtime solution. It's harder to get the funding than it is to get the solution itself. View full review »
reviewer1223364
Sr Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are running in cluster mode, which is known for its scalability. I would say that it is good. View full review »
Sandeep Thota
Consulting Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability is amazing. It is like an entry level box which scales up to almost a 144 drives. It is more than what an entry customer usually needs. It is suitable for expandability needs and can grow with the customer. View full review »
SeniorSt396d
Senior Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
For capacity of storage, we manage about three petabytes of data. It is exactly what we need in terms of scalability. View full review »
SeniorStd2e6
Senior storage engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
We have not had to scale it. We have a two-node cluster. View full review »
Jaime Cogua
Senior Unix Storage Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability of the All Flash is the same as the other. We can increase the amount of storage needed as we need it. As we buy them we just add them up with no downtime required. We just go ahead and increase the size, that is it. View full review »
reviewer1233003
Director of Infrastructure Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We haven't had to scale it yet. We literally reduced 18 racks worth of equipment into two and still have room in those two racks to do additional shelves, expanding into that footprint. So, it's expandable and dense, which is great. View full review »
reviewer1223394
System Programmer at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would rate the scalability an eight or nine out of ten. We can grow this solution very easily, just by adding storage. All we need to do is buy a shelf and expand the storage side of it. View full review »
PhilHarris
Technical Lead at USAF
Scalability is expensive. View full review »
RajkumarKatke
Technical Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
One of the key features of the AFF storage box is its horizontal scalability. Our new business initiatives, which are coming, demand more IOPS and performance. Our applications are scaling, which demand more performance in a very short span of time. This solution will improve technology driven things. View full review »
SeniorIn28f7
Senior in technology and engineer at a marketing services firm
The reason we have it is that it's very scalable. View full review »
SysAdminacb3
Sys Admin at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
I know it scales but we are not looking to scale it out at this point. View full review »
Zakeer Mohammed
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability is good. View full review »
Sonu Parmar
IT Manager at TELUS Corporation
Thanks to dedupe, our physical footprint is quite a lot. All the scalability that we have done, we have so far done it within our organization. We haven't expanded it physically yet. View full review »
PrArch3450
Principal Architect at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We scale up to 64 nodes in a cluster and then we just keep scaling clusters. We've had no issues with scalability. View full review »
reviewer1223418
Storage Engineer at a software R&D company with 10,001+ employees
Scalability is very good. View full review »
reviewer1232979
Storage Team Lead at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It's a fast product. It is exactly the same as other fast products; it is scalable. We have more than 100 users utilizing the product concurrently. Concurrence is one parameter that we looked for, and AFF is satisfying that problem. View full review »
StorageE3f86
Storage Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
It should scale far beyond our needs. I don't think we will ever hit the edge of it. View full review »
SystemsE2a93
Systems Engineer Manager at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
We are scaling up to the new solution. We haven't had a lot of scalability yet. We are looking forward to what it can do. View full review »
Paul Holt
Executive director IT Systems at MemorialCare Health System
There have been no issues of scalability, for our use. View full review »
Rodrigo Carte
Head of IT at Inacap
I am very impressed with the scalability. View full review »
Alberto Alberti
Senior System Engineer at ICTeam
StorageEd685
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's pretty scalable. When you add more to the environment it helps things, overall. View full review »
DataDeli1702
Data Delivery at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We started with a cluster of two nodes, then we reached a six node cluster. We have scaled this up, as needed, whenever we saw a requirement coming up from the client. It's pretty scalable. It can scale up to 24 nodes. View full review »
SeniorEn1c49
Senior Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is scalable. On the NFS side, we have around 24 nodes, so that is pretty scalable. Also, the scale up is very high. 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.
420,062 professionals have used our research since 2012.