NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Real User
IT Systems Admin at Greater Harris County
Apr 03 2017

What is most valuable?

Support's good. The product seems reliable. The uptime is good. We haven't had any major failures or anything like that. It runs all of our SAN VMware infrastructure with no problems, really. The tools that it has, such as OnCommand Manager and so on, they're helpful if you're not a CLI type of person. I actually like the CLI as well. They're both pretty easy to navigate, especially with the… more»

What needs improvement?

The migration from 7-mode to cluster mode probably could be improved. The migration tool that they use, the copy free transition tool, it's new and it seemed like, while I was trying to get everything prepared, few people really knew much about it at NetApp. I had to make a lot of calls, send out a lot of emails to find out if the current version was going to do what we needed it to do. I was… more»

What other advice do I have?

I recommend the product. I don't have a lot of experience with other solutions such as EMC Storage, Nimble, Fujitsu or Hitachi. I've never really messed with any of them so it's hard for me to compare. I've been doing IT for a while. There some complexity to the NetApp stuff. I know that there are easier solutions out there such as the Nimble one. But overall, the NetApp AFF is a good product. You… more»
Real User
Solutions Architect at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* CIFS (stable solution) * Ability to support multiple protocols

How has it helped my organization?

* SVM application provisioning: makes it easier to provision applications for VMware, VDI, Oracle, and SQL. * All flash: low latency and higher IOPS since it’s all flash.

What needs improvement?

Firmware upgrades consistently continue to be the weak spot in all NetApp products.

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

NetApp is trying to stay in competition and are offering competitive prices to existing/new consumers. The key is being aggressive.

What other advice do I have?

Be prepared for a lot of configuration hiccups before being operational.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Pure Storage and Nimble.
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Vendor
Exchange Administrator at Albuquerque Public Schools
Nov 03 2016

What is most valuable?

Speed is obviously one of the most valuable features, with IOPS being the most important for certain applications: database applications and so on; performance with certain applications that has blown… more»

How has it helped my organization?

From an IT perspective, providing that as a platform for these specific databases has made us seem like gods, in short. There is a perception of IT in our organization that we're not capable or we… more»

What needs improvement?

I don't know if it's going to be possible in the short term to improve upon it because the drive technology is developing much faster than the processing technology, the CPU, that sort of thing. In… more»

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

I was consulted during the decision process to invest in the All-Flash FAS. It was an addition to FlexPod. We were told we needed to have flash storage to support an application when the truth was, we… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that an AFF is necessary before you buy one, because a FAS full of SSDs is very expensive and might not be necessary to meet your needs. You get plenty of IOPS out of a SAS and they are… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

EMC was a possibility. I'm sure there were others. For me, it wasn't even a competition. I would have just said, "We're going with NetApp. We can talk about who's going to provide it but NetApp's the… more»
Vendor
NAS Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 25 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the low latency, high IOPS, and the ability to have a very small footprint with a large amount of data. The free controller upgrade program is a plus.

How has it helped my organization?

We've taken the conversation around performance out of the picture now, and brought it more onto the application side.

What needs improvement?

Simplification is probably the key thing right now; making the interface and the user experience a lot simpler, more streamlined, more like a lot of startup companies now do, so that there aren’t as… more»

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

We were not previously using something else; we were always a NetApp customer before. We just wanted flash. We were using and we still are using spinning discs. The All Flash storage was a direction… more»

What other advice do I have?

The advice I’d give depends on what the need is. If you're looking for a NAS-type device that's all flash, NetApp's still pretty much the king in the NAS environment. The most important criteria for… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We ended up going with some other vendors for our SAN environment; we went with Pure because at the time there was not an offering from NetApp on the flash for the SAN side of things. Now there is… more»
Vendor
System specialist UNIX/SAN with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 29 2016

What is most valuable?

* Speed * Performance * Low latency

How has it helped my organization?

We do not use it now for our customers, but just to manage our criticla internal CRM proposals. It helps us manage our entire CRM. We had problems with latency in the regular NetApp storage devices… more»

What needs improvement?

The price needs to come down. Also, it has a learning curve and I needed to learn a lot to do the installation.

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

We used IBM before, after the contract finished we tested NetApp, and from what I know it filled the hole. It’s excellent. It has flash pool disks on a cluster, and we switched as we got it for a good… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would advise you to make sure that you need flash as it is very specific and regular FAS may work for you. However, if you need flash, this is a good product to get.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tested many products, but no other flash ones.
Vendor
IT Manager Infrastructure & Operations at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 14 2015

What is most valuable?

For me it’s important that my flash system is a part of the NetApp storage system. It’s just an extension of it. My guys can use the same comments, the same tools, the same application integration as they did before. The VDI migration for… more»

How has it helped my organization?

First, when you think of flash, everybody says that it’s faster, but that’s not the main reason. Of course it’s all related to it, but for example, with the VDI, we were very pleased with our previous disk system which also aligned with… more»

What needs improvement?

It needs to be cheaper, as we want more but can't afford it.

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

We tested another solution, but it didn't integrate well.

What other advice do I have?

Go with flash. We not have more free time because we can just press a button and deploy three of 500 VDI's at once. We don't have to invest in high-performance disks because we use flash.

What is NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS)?

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.

Also known as
NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS
NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) customers
Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
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