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We reduced our floor space by reducing 44 racks units to four rack units. It has helped us with our data center economies of scale. It reduces our support costs too, which is great.
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.
We do a lot of financial modeling. We have a large compute cluster that generates a lot of files. It is important for us to get a quick response back for any type of multimillion file accesses across the cluster at one time. So, it's a lot quicker to do that. We found that solid-state performs so much better than than spinning drives, even over multiple clusters.
We have had issues before on our infrastructure where 20 to 30 percent of the people would come to us pointing the finger at the storage technology or storage back-end. That is now virtually zero.
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.
Switching to AFF has improved the performance of a lot of our virtual machines in a VMware environment. The number of support tickets that we receive has fallen to almost zero because of this, so it's been a real help for our virtual server support team.
Our AFF 8040 is currently helping us in terms of response time and speed because it is a flash system. Most importantly, it enables our SQL Cluster to respond to database queries and things a lot faster. It minimizes latency.
It's helping to leverage data. The storage is being utilized to implement larger, complex file sizes.
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.
We had some customers who were running virtualization workloads on classical spinning disks. We implemented an AFF system, and they got a huge performance boost out of it because the latency of the SSDs is simply much lower. Actually, most customers benefit from the improved latency and performance from the AFF systems.
The solution’s thin provisioning has allowed us to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. We use thin provisioning for everything. We use the deduplication compression functionality for all of our NetApps. If we weren't using thin provisioning, we'd probably have two to times more storage on our floor right now than we do today.
We are using the AQoS operating system, which allows us to get a lot more out of our AFF systems.
The most valuable features of the solution are speed, performance, and reliability.
The most valuable features of this solution are the deduplication and the ability to move data to different clouds.
The most valuable features of this solution are snapshotting and cloning.
The most valuable features are the ease of administration and configuration, as well as the speed of deployment.
NetApp AFF is very good at cleaning up your storage.
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.
Multi-protocol is the most valuable feature for us. It does everything in one system: sifts, EBES, ISCSI, and fiber channel. Other systems don't do all that.
I think that the DR applications are the most valuable, including Snapshots and SnapMirror.
The most valuable feature is the ease of management.
It is easy to manage data through the GUI by using Active IQ and the unified manager.
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
The performance of NetApp AFF allows our developers and researches to run models and their tests within a single workday instead of spreading out across multiple workdays.
The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of technical support.
The most valuable feature is speed.
The most important features are the IOPS and the ease of the ONTAP manageability.
Speed, reliability, ease of use are the most valuable features.
The ease of use, the SnapMirror capabilities, the cloning, and the efficiencies are all good features.
This solution has reduced our data center costs because when we went from the 8000 and 3200 series that took us from 20 racks of storage down to two.
Before we implemented AFF, Oracle was running on a traditional storage spindle and at a very low speed with high latency, and the database was not running very well. After we converted from the spinning disk to the all-flash array, it was at least four times faster to access the volume than before.
AFF has improved my organization because we now have better performance. We can scale up and we can create servers a lot faster now. With the storage that we had, it used to take a lot longer, but now we can provide the business what they need a lot faster.
The most valuable feature of this solution is its simplicity. It is easy to use.
The features that I found most valuable are SnapMirror and SnapVault; these provide DR and backup for data redundancy.
Its efficiency and scalability are the most valuable features.
Previously we had migrated from Dell EMC and we had a lot of difficulties moving data around. Now, if we need to move it to any slower storage, we can move it with just a vault move within the cluster. Even moving data between clusters is extremely simple using SnapMirror. The mobility options for data in All Flash FAS have been awesome.
Tech support has been absolutely amazing. I think on the technical aspects as well, my staff is able to get great support from the NetApp technical support resources that we have. What I love about NetApp is they have a health care division. At times, it's such an amazing thing because if we have a healthcare-related issue, there's no one better than having prior CIOs from health care organizations that NetApp has hired, and that are part of the health care team, to help out with any of those initiatives and support problems. Support has been absolutely phenomenal.
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.
NetApp tech support is so good. Their tech support has always been so stable and the people are so good in case of any failure or any good feature that needs to be updated or features that supposedly can help with performance to improve some performance. NetApp support is one of the best that I deal with.
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.
Scalability is excellent. If we need more space, it's a no downtime solution. It's harder to get the funding than it is to get the solution itself.
We just migrated two petabytes of data storage from IBM over to NetApp All Flash. Some of the performance improvement that we've seen is 100 times I/O and microsecond latency.
There are many reports accessing the applications. We receive them very quickly. We used to wait a long time for them. Now, you just need to wait a moment.
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.
NetApp AFF is based on Unix, which makes it secure.
Even though the complete workload will fill out the AFF storage box, it will give us sustained stability.
The most valuable feature, primarily, would be speed. That's why we got it. Storage is costly but it's very, very fast. Very efficient, very fast.
The stability is solid. It doesn't fail on us, which is exactly what we want. We are in a critical business that we can't have any percentage of downtime.
The most valuable feature is the ability to do QoS.
We have SQL clusters across the United States. It has sped up our IOPS and made it a lot easier for users.
Replication would be one of the most valuable features.
The most valuable features are the low latency and high-performance.
It's pretty scalable. It can scale up to 24 nodes.
AFF helps us improve performance for our enterprise applications, data analytics and VMs. We have moved our primary data stores for production over to AFF, and a lot of the problems that might happened have gone away.
The most valuable features are high performance and encryption. It also provides aggregate level dedupe.
This solution makes everything a lot faster. The time to move data around, boot and migrate VMs is much faster.
The most valuable features are the IO performance that we get, the cluster part, and the increased workload and performance with the SSDs.
It should scale far beyond our needs. I don't think we will ever hit the edge of it.
Over the past 18 years, it has been extremely easy to upgrade to newer products and technology. We can upgrade as we move along. So, we have been able to keep up with the newest technology with zero downtime.
Data efficiency is the most valuable feature because of the dedupe and compression.
The Active IQ feature is a productive mechanism that automatically collects reports and users' statuses.
Batch times went from approximately seven hours down to about two and a half. Functionality during the day, such as taking or removing snapshots and cloning instances, is higher than it has ever been.
With the new version, they have the FabricPool which works for me. I can extend the hyperscaler storage.
When we move to all-flash, our response times were reduced to microseconds.
The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, so we get more out of our storage. The replication is also important.
I think it is a very stable product.
We found AFF systems very competitive in terms of performance, storage efficiency, feature richness, and scalability.