NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) Questions

Eddy Orabi, MSc
Equity Research Associate - IT Hardware & Memory at a tech company with 11-50 employees

What do you guys think of Dell EMC PowerStore vs Pure Storage FlashArray and NetApp's AFF series. How was the migration process? 

Asiri Dissanayake
System Engineer with 51-200 employees

I'm a System Engineer for an IT company.

I'm comparing Dell EMC Unity and NetApp AFF. Which of these two solutions would you recommend and why?

Thanks! I appreciate the help.

CornelCristeaFirst of all the decision should be taken looking at similar products in terms… more »
Frank RuvoloThey’re both great solutions and I’ve used both. EMC is being VERY aggressive… more »
Huseyin YildirimThe answer depends on your needs and budget. If you want high performance (who… more »
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Aug 12 2021


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Aug 12 2021

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Aug 12 2021

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS)?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Aug 12 2021

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS).

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Aug 12 2021

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

All-Flash Storage Arrays Questions
Arun Kumar Mohanty
Sep 16 2021


We're planning to offer Storage as a Service (STaaS) to our customers. 

I'm looking for your recommendations on a solution for an enterprise-level storage environment from where we can offer this service. The environment should offer a unified storage environment and should be able to deliver all SAN, NAS, and object storage offerings.

Thanks for your help!

Sales Manager at saraha tech
Apr 12 2021


I'm looking for pricing for SSD Storage disks with a capacity of 960GB. Part Number: DS224C SW-FLASH-01-QS X371A-6 CS-BASE-SUPPORT CS-N-SSP.

Quantity: 24.

The disks have to be compatible with the ones we currently have (AFFA220, HA system, Flash Bundle, CAN) In terms of the type, support and licenses. 

Thanks for your help!

Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Mar 18 2021

I'm researching flash storage arrays. I'm looking for advice about which of these two options is better - IBM flash 9200 or EMC VMAX8000. 

Any recommendations?

Martin NagyHI, I would go definitely for PowerMax 8000 series instead of VMAX (old… more »
Jin SiangTanPowerMax 800, as it's an AA array (active/active), while FS9200 is… more »
Ronald Van HeekI think this will probably depend on what features and functionality you need… more »
Senior technical and storage expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 14 2021

I'm researching All-Flash Storage Arrays. I'm looking for feedback about HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series. Can anyone help?

PhPr3PAR is SAS-based storage. The industry is already moving away from the… more »
Virgilio AlbertBoth are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I… more »
Manager7a60Hitachi, if cost and performance for mission-critical apps are high priority… more »
IT Central Station
Sep 13 2021

What are some major benefits of all-flash storage arrays? Why should companies invest in all-flash as opposed to a different storage solution? 

AliBizmarkIt has better performance than Hybrid storage and customers can have more IOPS… more »
PhPrIn general, all-flash arrays have much better price/performance (in case if… more »
reviewer810810Speed (IOPs), increased reliability, compactness. If your application does not… more »
IT Central Station
Jul 19 2021

How do thick and thin provisioning affect all-flash storage array performance? What are the relative benefits of each?

Mark S. CruceNo performance implications. Its just a provisioning strategy... In thick… more »
Christian BaldaufThin provisioning is a technique to better utilise the available physical… more »
Mohamed Y AhmedThick and thin provisioning it's a service related configuration, simply as an… more »
IT Central Station

How does VDI work? 

Is All-Flash required, or can it work on other storage arrays?

reviewer1222509VDI is a server farm for virtualizing dedicated user desktops. Detailed… more »
Rodney CarlsonVDI uses a server solution for virtual desktops. This way the horsepower needed… more »
reviewer1243038No, you don't need allflash - but it depends how many users. If you deploy… more »
Menachem D Pritzker
Director of Growth
IT Central Station

Are all types of SSD flash, and vice versa? What's the difference?

Thanks! I appreciate the help. 

Khurram SaoodI believe all-flash means the storage box with the provision of Flash media type… more »
Chetan WoodunI have seen a number of replies. Just clarifying. There are 3 storage Tiers… more »
Jason Guo• Flash o == NAND o == Flash Memory chip o ==NVM o == SLC + MLC + TLC o… more »
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station
Let the community know what you think. Share your opinions now!
it_user208149Primary requirement for me is the data reduction using data de-duplication… more »
it_user202749It depends on your requirements. Are you looking at Flash for Performance, ease… more »
it_user213957Understanding your particular use case is key to selecting the proper technology… more »