NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Valuable Features

Storage Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
The most valuable feature of this solution is its simplicity. It is easy to use. View full review »
Christopher Privitere
Unix Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable feature on AFF, for me as a user, is one of the most basic NetApp features, which just: <vol> 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, you have more space." I don't have to move things around. I don't have to deal with other systems. It's just so nice. Other 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. The simplicity of AFF with regards to data management and data protection — I actually split those two up. It's really easy to protect your data with AFF. You can set up SnapMirror in a matter of seconds and have all your data just shoot over to another data center super quickly. View full review »
Michael Archuleta
Chief Information Officer 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 »
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Storage Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features of the solution are speed, performance, and reliability. View full review »
Data Protection Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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 this expensive cost, if we want to roll off to something cheaper, like object storage, we can do that as well. View full review »
Consulting Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
* Simplicity * Their storage efficiency * Compression * Deduplication * Compaction * The ease of being able to move data around. View full review »
System Administrator at Bell Canada
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 solution. 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. View full review »
Senior Network Technical Developer and Support Expert at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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 are using the AQuoS operating system, which allows us to get a lot more out of our AFF systems. It allows us to do storage tiering, which we love. You can also use the storage efficiencies to get a lot more data on the same platform. 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 »
Systems Engineer at Cleveland Clinic
The simplicity of the data management in our current system is really easy, especially with the setting up of redundant volumes and SnapMirror. We have it mirrored over to an 8200 non-flash system. We use that for our DR SVMs, so if our SQL Cluster goes down, the other volumes take over, and we have no downtime because it drives patient treatment. It gets complicated fast. The data protection that we currently use is SnapMirrors and SnapVaults. We have our SnapVault off on an offsite with a FAS2552 system. 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. It just works and keeps going. It's hard to explain good things when we have so few bad things that actually occur within the environment. From a user's point of view, the file shares work, everyone's happy, and I'm happy because it's usually not storage that's causing the problem. View full review »
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 »
Manager at Pramerica
The data protection and data management are very user-friendly. We use a software-based, disk-encryption and it comes with ONTAP and it's just very easy to implement and very easy to manage. In fact, you don't even have to manage it once it's working. View full review »
IT Director at a legal firm
The speed, inline deduplication, and compression are really nice. It's also just easy to manage. We use Snapshot and SnapMirror offsite, which give us some good recovery options. The solution's data protection and management are as simple as you can hope for. On the data protection side, we have a gigabit connection to our disaster recovery center and we replicate snapshots with SnapMirror hourly. This gives us a really good way to roll things back if we need to but have everything offsite at the same time. View full review »
Senior Data Center Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the FlexClone and SnapMirror. The ease of use, the SnapMirror capabilities, the cloning, and the efficiencies are all good features. The simplicity of this solution around data protection and data management is extremely easy. With Data protection there is nothing easier than setting up SnapMirror and getting it across and protecting our data. Currently, we have a five minute RPO, so every five minutes we're snapping across the other side without any issues. This solution simplifies IT operations by unifying data services across SAN and NAS environments. View full review »
Storage Architect and Engineer at United Airlines
The most valuable features are the ease of administration and configuration, as well as the speed of deployment. Using snapshots at each stage of the configuration for applications means that administration is easier because you don't have to worry about messing it up. It makes things a lot smoother. 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 »
Senior Storage Engineer at Hyundai autoever
One of the main features that differentiate AFF from the FAS products, or some other technologies used, is the footprint of these arrays are significantly smaller than the traditional ones. Also, the performance that you get to these new arrays is really significant. You can see a huge difference there. By switching to it, we can achieve more storage performance and efficiency as well as in the long run lower down some of the TCOs due to reducing the footprint. The one thing about NetApp products is they've been using the same operating system among all of their products, e.g., FAS or AFF. That feature makes it easier to manage and operate those environments because you don't really need to learn the whole new things or train all your engineers on new technology. Overall, it helps with the operations. It's not that complicated. It's easy to manage and operate. 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 »
Systems Engineer at Nordstrom, Inc.
The most valuable features for us are controlling the snapshots, the ease of reverting back, and scheduling. NetApp AFF is very good at cleaning up your storage. View full review »
Systems Management Engineer at Linklaters
AFF gives us a number of really valuable features. It ranges from a full flash to all-flash product. So, the speed and resources that we get from AFFs is just unparalleled in storage environments. Also, we utilize all the OCR features that AFF gives and has built into its ONTAP environment, like dedupe, snapshotting, data compression, and the number of the other things. Using System Manager for green management or command line interface, we have a single point for managing the cluster. It is much easier to manage. It is very seamless. The product is robust and solid. View full review »
Sr Data Storage at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We stay away from what is called a silo architecture. NetApp cluster enables us to do a volume move to different nodes and share the entire cluster with the various sub setups as well as using the most storage we have on ONTAP. We are able to tailor and cut out at a file level, block-level or power level, to our various clients. View full review »
Storage Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It is easy to manage data through the GUI by using Active IQ and the unified manager. Being a non-storage guy, I think that it was quite easy for me to pick things up and learn this solution. They way they are built is really good when it comes to people who want to start fresh. cDOT is a really good OS. The most valuable feature is the performance. This solution is getting cheaper over time. View full review »
Infrastructure Team Lead at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
Multi-protocol is the most valuable feature for us. It does everything in one system: CIFS, ISCSI, and fiber channel. Other systems don't do all that. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features are the ease of use and performance. 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 »
Storage Manager at State of Nebraska
We like AFF because it has a very high reliability rate with very high performance. We are using it for top tier performance on application and virtual machine storage, as well as just being able to separate out SVMs for different security and network needs for all of our different customers across the state. We use the Snapshot feature to simplify backups for data protection. We set different policies that let let our agencies choose what backup policy they want to have for their Snapshots. It's very simple. Users can be given the opportunity to look at previous versions directly from the Windows interface or they can call/put in a ticket seeking support from our IT group if they need a larger system restore, because their data is protected with NetApp and replicated as well. View full review »
Tech Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is it's fast. We do not use the solution for artificial intelligence or machine learning applications, but our overall latency is low. With our SQL Servers and Oracle servers, compared to the older meta filers, like 7-mode, the 8000 custom mode, or performance on Pure flash systems, you can't compare. We are seeing submillisecond, which is pretty nice. The solution has enabled us to move large amounts of data from one data center to another (on-premise) without interruption to the business using SnapMirror. The solution has improved application response time. Compared to the 3250s and 8000s, it has been night and day. 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 »
Solution Architect at Advanced UniByte GmbH
The most valuable features are that it runs Data ONTAP, which is compatible with the whole Data Fabric, and its absolute performance. Simplicity is a very key aspect of the system because you can configure everything with the System Manager. It does most of the complicated things behind your back, so you don't have to handle them. Since it integrates with the Data Fabric, it's very simple to set up a data protection scheme. View full review »
Storage Administrator at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable features of this solution are the deduplication and the ability to move data to different clouds. We have been using Cloud Sync and Cloud Volumes, and we have moved four petabytes using Cloud Sync. View full review »
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The most important features are the IOPS and the ease of the ONTAP manageability. The deduplicate process is performed in the cache before it goes to storage, which means that we don't use as much storage. The versatility of NetApp is what makes it really nice. View full review »
Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ease of management. You just set it and you don't have to worry about it. View full review »
Specialist Senior at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is speed. 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 »
Sr Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think that the DR applications are the most valuable, including Snapshots and SnapMirror. They are one of the market leaders in this regard. It is a very solid platform that has been in the market for a while. 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 »
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 »
Director of Infrastructure Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Solid-state drives are the most valuable feature. It has the speed now to do workloads. We're not bound by I/O from the drives. Also, we are just starting to hit the sweet point of the capacity of the solid-state drives versus spinning disk. View full review »
System Programmer at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of technical support. This is a very reliable solution in terms of keeping the system online. View full review »
Technical Lead at USAF
We use SapMirror a lot but the speed of the AFF is also very valuable. The overall latency in our environment is very low because it's All Flash and we've got 10 Giga dedicated to the storage network AFF's simplicity around data protection and data management is pretty good. With the NetApp volume encryption, we're getting data at rest encryption right now. It was very easy to turn on and very easy to manage with the onboard key manager. It has enabled us to add new applications, without having to purchase additional storage. We've over-provisioned our storage quite a bit, simply because we know we've got time before people will grow into it. 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 »
Storage Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Speed, reliability, ease of use are the most valuable features. The overall latency in your environment is very good. We don't use the solution for artificial intelligence or machine learning applications. The simplicity around data protection and data management is very good. We use SnapVault for data protection which works very well. SnapMirror is also good. We mainly use the command line a lot, so we don't tend to use many provisioning tools. View full review »
Storage Team Lead at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Speed is the most valuable feature. It is all-flash, so it is fast. It simplifies since it is integrated with the other platforms as well. It's maintainable; it does not take too much to maintain the stuff. Creating users and sessions is easy on it. 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 »
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 »
IT Manager at Universo Online
It has a really useful, friendly console. The dedupe gives us more IOPS for more reliance equipment and better performance. View full review »
Damien Berezenko
Technical Director at СT Consulting
* SAN/NAS scale out * Online data migration * Data compaction * Application integration * Cloning * Snapshots 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 ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
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 »
Miguel Tena
Infrastructure and Services Presales Consultant at ID Grup
* Deduplication * SnapManager * Autosupport. 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.
431,175 professionals have used our research since 2012.