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Charles Vroman
Real User
IT Administrator at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 01 2017

What is most valuable?

Some of the best things about AFF are that it integrates seamlessly with what we're used to for FAS as well. We can use the same ecosystem,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One example is we're moving a legacy application over. I'm actually in the middle of a project for that right now, where it's four Windows... more»

What needs improvement?

Looking at the road map that's out there, I think they're heading in the right direction. Additional performance, additional data efficiencies,... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Yes and no. We're in the process of retiring some old storage frames, old Hitachi frames actually. I believe it's just disk-based. There are... more»

What other advice do I have?

We have a 8080 EX HA pair, an 8040 HA pair, and an A700 all in the same cluster. That's our production cluster. We also run an AFF8040 for... more»
Andrew Ramos
Real User
System Engineer at Outfront Media
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of use. To integrate it into our virtual environment is very easy, the integration with VMware is very nice. I think it's better than other... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The big benefit is the performance increase over the previous versions and the previous systems. Also, to be able to do things such as moving... more»

What needs improvement?

I've definitely thought about this at earlier times, where I would probably have more stuff than I do now. The integration is pretty good. I... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We mainly run virtual environments, VMware NFS. We were previously using just SATA and SaaS disk and we went to the All Flash and the... more»

What other advice do I have?

Right now we just use it for file storage. We were using block and file. I'm going to be using block in the future as well. In terms of my... more»
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Rodney Barnes
Real User
Enterprise Storage Admin at Commonwealth Of Kentucky :Cot
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

* Performance * Integration into the ONTAP * The cost of the product itself With the compression and dedupe, it's not necessarily a one-to-one... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ease of use: We're familiar with the NetApp platform and ONTAP. We're comfortable with the tool sets that it has. We've been trained on it as a... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a little more integration with some of the core fundamental components of OCI as part of the ONTAP OnCommand Manager,... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We have multiple platforms. We have EMC, VNX7600s, and we just got rid of a VNX5600 and 5400 that were not able to keep up with the compute for... more»

What other advice do I have?

Look for these three major components when researching a similar product: * Supportability with tech support * Scalability * The stability of... more»
LeadStor3f5c
Real User
Lead Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Oct 04 2017

What is most valuable?

The AFF we have, we use the in-line compression. The in-line dedupe, and the compaction saves us a lot of space because most of our AFFs house... more»

How has it helped my organization?

With the AFF, we can run VMs with databases now. That was one of the big features with the AFF, we needed the speed for databases. By moving... more»

What needs improvement?

That's a hard question to answer off the top of my head. I'd have to go through and evaluate everything. Right now, it fits our needs. I'd have... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We've been a NetApp customer for 10 to 12 years now. We use their non-flash stuff a lot. We use hybrid flash, and after that, hybrid arrays. All... more»

What other advice do I have?

The primary use case for our All Flash FAS (AFF) system is pretty much VMware and its servers. It's just for file storage right now, for NFS,... more»
it_user527310
Real User
Storage Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Nov 28 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the low-latency, high-performance utilizations of the system; being able to deliver a high-tier storage performance... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved my organization by being able to remove potential hardware issues from the equation; knowing that we're getting top throughput... more»

What needs improvement?

There's nothing that I can think of that they haven't introduced with what they announced at a recent NetApp conference, with the built-in... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We decided to invest in the All Flash FAS basically because of constant customer demand for a higher-tier, flash-based storage option. We didn't... more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you understand the entire storage portfolio, that you understand your requirements. Don't get into the situation that a lot of... more»
it_user527151
Real User
Director IT at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 13 2016

What is most valuable?

We decided to use the All-Flash because of speed. Most of the time, when we looked at the SAP database, what we found was, by using the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The best part about it is the density; otherwise, earlier, we used to use a lot of 300- or 600-GB disks. It saves space, saves power and makes... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the All-Flash FAS support virtualization better. I find that lacking in some areas; application and for disaster recovery. I... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were previously using NetApp with spinning drives, and we were also using some of the EMC DMX. Now, we are using NetApp exclusively.

What other advice do I have?

If you are a NetApp customer and considering a new technology, you need to look at the additional cost of doing things or administrating another... more»
it_user527370
Real User
Senior System Engineer at Colorado Judicial Branch
Jun 19 2017

What is most valuable?

I'd say the biggest one for us, other than just being SSDs, was the compression; inline compression, inline dedupe. Previously, we used dedupe... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Right now, we've seen a few different systems that we're running on the all-flash system, where we've seen performance increases with... more»

What needs improvement?

It’s difficult to say because there are already a lot of features that have been released that we didn't have previously, especially going from... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We've had 30-40 controllers for about five or six years now and we've previously had the NetApp 2000 series. We have kind of been a NetApp shop.... more»

What other advice do I have?

I've been using NetApp for a long time now, so I really like NetApp, especially with the new ONTAP features, with clustering going forward. Give... more»
ManagerS0ed7
Real User
Manager San Operations at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

The performance is the most valuable feature. The primary use cases for our All Flash storage system are primarily... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been able to construct a business intelligence environment with nearly instant reporting for our parks, so they... more»

What needs improvement?

The only complaints I ever had was with OnCommand Unified Manager and Performance Manager, and they fixed them in the... more»

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

Definitely go with NetApp. You're going to look at other vendors. They may come in at a cheaper price point, but you... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had a different NetApp solution before. We actually started running the numbers, and due to the age of the systems,... more»

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * High availability * Reliability * Performance. We have to be able to... more»
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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.

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