NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Valuable Features

Michael Archuleta
CIO at Mt. San Rafael Hospital
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 efficiencies and some speed as well, too, because you figure we're giving all of these health care users a virtual desktop, plus the utilization of All-Flash FAS, we need to make sure that their specific process is really rolling and moving in an efficient way, because the health care industry is a fast-paced organization. We're basically taking care of patients' lives. The technology that we bring has to be very efficient to provide the best patient care that we can have, and NetApp All-Flash FAS has really proven that point. View full review »
Greg Weld
Senior CI Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 can find all of the features that we're looking for through the GUI. The CLI is tap complete so that if we aren't exactly sure what the syntax is for a command, we can just tap-complete it which makes it a lot easier than having to look up every single thing that we're trying to do and the way to do it. Our use case for AFF with the public cloud is that it allows us burst ability so that when we need additional capacity and speed instantly, especially if we need more and we haven't bought new nodes yet, it allows us to burst into the cloud quickly. The setup and provisioning of enterprise apps depend a lot on the automation, which has had really fantastic integration, just for being able to use things like WFA for provisioning. It has sped things up with the extra software that NetApp provides to be able to speed things along. View full review »
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. The user experience from my point of view, as the person who drives it most of the time, is a really good one. The toolsets are really easy to use and from the service offered we're able to offer non-disruptive upgrades that just work and keep going. It's hard to explain good things when we have so few bad things that actually occur within the environment. From a users point of view, their file shares work, everyone's happy, and I'm happy because it's usually not storage that's causing the problem. View full review »
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Chief Enterprise Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 security of your patients. We are looking very deeply into how we are going to either go to public or keep some for private. Also, because data analytics is coming our way we want to make sure that the data that we are going to do analytics on is not on public cloud. Because of ingress and egress, we don't want to pay a lot of money to pull it back. We are not there yet but maybe in the next year and a half we will think about it publicly. View full review »
Storage Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
* SnapMirror * SnapVault * FlexClone capabilities View full review »
Data Center Engineer at a non-profit
The most valuable features are * the IO performance that we get * the cluster part * the increased workload and performance with the SSDs. And the CLI portion of ONTAP, in general, is much easier to use. View full review »
Solution Architect at Intalock Technologies
Scalability, really, for us. We have a lot of customers who purchase other companies and they need scalability; the NetApp solutions really lend themselves to that. I think for us the pricing point was pretty important too. In Australia, we find that selling solutions now, the features and functions are one thing, but the price point is pretty important as well, and NetApp provides a good price point. View full review »
Keith Latimer
IT Operations Manager at Idaho State Insurance Fund
We enjoy the native built-in replication and the snapshot functionality (to take snapshots). View full review »
Network Services Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It would primarily be speed. That's why we got it. Storage is costly but it's very, very fast. Very efficient, very fast. View full review »
SAN Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
They have come up with good back-end architecture. The features are the same as NetApp ONTAP. The only change is all-flash. There are no 7k, 10k, or 15k drives, only flash drives. My favorite part is all-flash solid drives. All of my applications are running on an all-flash array. Before, we used to get too many severity tickets on performance, but as soon as we migrated everything to an all-flash array, our critical applications are at top performance. We are very happy with the user experience from the all-flash array. Because their usual latency for the application depends on the critical application - they used to see four-millisecond latency with the non-all-flash array - with the all-flash array, they don't even see microseconds of latency. They might see microseconds, but that is not impactful. View full review »
Sunder Periesany
Technical manager at Macrovention
The most valuable features are the low latency and high-performance. Some of our customers are dealing with seismic data from the oil & gas industry, so they need data extracted and transported to the application faster. That's one reason we bring in All Flash. View full review »
Ashwin Bhadra
Senior Manager of Product and Services at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the efficiencies that all-flash brings. It helps us reduce costs and be competitive in the market. It's quite easy to operate and monitor, to do business as usual. Whatever they talk about it delivers. It's fast, it's efficient, it's agile. With the new version, they have the FabricPool which works for me. I can extend the hyperscaler storage. The features we require today are present in ONTAP. View full review »
Ed Alexander
Senior System Engineer at Red Hat
* It has extremely high performance. * The storage efficiency is far superior to a typical FAS. * The administration is ONTAP, so it's not like you have a new platform to learn. Everything is consistent with what we have been doing for years. View full review »
Peg Heffron
Network Professional at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, so we get more out of our storage. The replication is also important. View full review »
Manager Biomedical System Services at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I found the reliability of it to be the most valuable feature because it supports all the patient critical systems in our hospital. We have had the NetApp system for 18 years with no downtime. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Besides for the speed, one of the most valuable features that the AFF gives me is the robust hardware that it has. It's simplistic. It deploys very easily. It's already built from the factory to take advantage of the all-flash array. I would describe the user experience of the solution as very simplistic. There's a very easy GUI to use, and then when you need to get very, very detailed, you have a robust command line that you could do anything you want with to enhance performance for your solutions. Really what we're using the AFF for is solely for speed. We really need the power of the backbone and the speed of the disks because we have to move so much data. Setting up and provisioning enterprise applications take minutes. It's just not difficult. We only have to use the GUI, curate the spaces, and go. I've setup entire NetApp systems in a morning. View full review »
Sandeep Thota
Consulting Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* The OS running on top of it is ONTAP. The user experience is a breeze at the fingertips with ONTAP. * The efficiency ratio. * The Active IQ feature is a productive mechanism that automatically collects reports and users' statuses. * The initial deployment is completely GUI-based. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Compaction * Single-instance storage * Its compression features View full review »
Senior storage engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are high performance and encryption. It also provides aggregate level dedupe. View full review »
Mohammad Ashfaqur Rahman
System Administrator at Dhaka Bank Limited
* The Snap: including the Snapshot and SnapMirror. They are good for taking a copy of production, which can be used for reporting, contingency, backup, etc. * Scripting: NetApp is actually more ONTAP. It has a very good command-line interface, which is user-friendly to system administrators when implementing automation using scripting. View full review »
Jaime Cogua
Senior Unix Storage Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature for us is the speed of the read of the information. We can get the information as fast as possible. The user experience we are getting from All Flash is excellent. The performance is great. The administration is exactly the same as all the other storage in NetApp which is great. It is very good, we are so pleased. View full review »
Technical Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The most valuables features is the response time that we are receiving from the AFF storage box. We are looking for performance and delivery times of the response from the host, which we are happy with. View full review »
Senior in technology and engineer at a marketing services firm
* Ease of use * Availability View full review »
Sys Admin at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The replication would be one of the most valuable features. That's not just on the All Flash FAS, but that's a big one. The performance is also good. View full review »
Zakeer Mohammed
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* NetApp AFF is based on Unix, which makes it secure. * The file-based protocol supports NFS and CIFS. * Capacity and latency with the AFF are good. We haven't seen a delay of latency nor performance issues. No issues have been recorded from the client so far. View full review »
Sonu Parmar
IT Manager at TELUS Corporation
* Deduplication * Compression * Speed * The user experience is fast. View full review »
Principal Architect at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to do QoS and keep customers from harming other customers in that solution. View full review »
Systems Architect at University of Iowa
The valuable feature for us was, we started our VMware solution on a mid-tier NetApp solution. When we went to All Flash FAS our changes went form about a 5 or 10 millisecond response time to 1 millisecond. The systems actually started acting like real computers, not like a virtual system. View full review »
Payload Integration at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We like the high security, self-encrypting drives, and the NVMe. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
* Space savings * Performance * Deduplication * Compression View full review »
Systems Engineer Manager at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
* Uptime * Ease of use View full review »
Paul Holt
Executive director IT Systems at MemorialCare Health System
* Speed * Reliability View full review »
Rodrigo Carte
Head of IT at Inacap
* The most valuable feature is the backup, which is fast. * The data analytics are an incredible tool. * The equipment is superior quality. * If you need a replacement part, they will provide it. View full review »
Alberto Alberti
Senior System Engineer at ICTeam
Reliability. flexibility and multi tenant. we host 20 client virtual dc on our a200. I scaled out our previous 2 node cdot cluster on the fly by adding cluster's switches and then the 2 node a200, after that data migration between fas 2554 and a200 was made non disruptively and on business time. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's fast and reliable. View full review »
Data Delivery at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Inline deduplication * Compaction * I've seen them compress it a lot, which provides efficiency. These features are missing from other products in market. View full review »
IT Business Partner at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* The Flash component for performance * The management * ONTAP * The features that ONTAP now has with the availability to work with the cloud. View full review »
Senior Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Data efficiency is the most valuable feature of NetApp. View full review »
Damien Berezenko
Technical Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
* SAN/NAS scale out * Online data migration * Data compaction * Application integration * Cloning * Snapshots View full review »
Anders Hald Vendelbo
IT Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The speed is important; no more problems caused by high latency. MetroCluster provides business continuity and is a critical part of our contingency setup. View full review »
Rodrigo Carte
Head of IT at Inacap
* Its incredible performance * Stability * Proactiveness for possible errors * Powerful tools for management. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The features that I found most valuable are SnapMirror and SnapVault; these provide DR and backup for data redundancy. The High Availability and Cluster-mode Setup are also very useful. View full review »
Rostislav Rusev
COO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Its efficiency and scalability are the most valuable features. View full review »
System Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
Having separate storage virtual machines with completely different setups for NFS and Windows solves problems the FAS has when the domain controllers are unreachable. View full review »
CTO at Pronet Security
* Price/performance * High availability View full review »
Miguel Tena
Infrastructure and Services Presales Consultant
* Deduplication * SnapManager * Autosupport. View full review »
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