2018-09-25T09:23:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS)?


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Top 5Real User

We don't like the cost. We would like to buy more.

2019-11-18T10:14:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We would like it to be free.

2019-11-18T10:14:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We have used the solution’s thin provisioning to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. We use thin provisioning on all of our flash arrays at this point. It gives us the choice to be able to overprovision and take advantage of compression, compaction, and thin provisioning all at the same time. We can get more out of the purchases that we make. I would like it to be a lot less expensive, but it's been a very good solution for us.

2019-11-18T10:14:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

At the time when we purchased the NetApp AFF, it was bundled into the hardware price. That made the pricing okay. If we were to add more shelves now, the licensing cost increases exponentially. It is probably cheaper to buy brand new hardware in the new model. It will be faster and bundled in with software for a promotion where they throw in all the licenses. It works out well.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

One of the reasons we like this solution is that all of the features are included with the one license. For example, we can use NFS, CIFS, SnapMirror, SnapRestore, etc. It's all included in the package and we don't have to pick and choose. We purchased the license for a five-year term.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The price to performance ratio with NetApp is unmatched by any other vendor right now.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

You have to pay a little bit more for the storage but you gain with the speed provided.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The pricing is good.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

It's expensive. It's in the hundreds of thousands. It's beneficial, but at times, I feel compared to other vendors, we are paying a premium for the licensing that other vendors include. You're locked in with NetApp, and you already have everything setup.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Real User

Comparing this solution to others it may seem expensive, but the price to performance for NetApp is greater. You get a lot more for the money.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The price of the upgrading of the solution is high. I could buy a whole unit of All Flash FAS 300 with a shelf for around $285,000. Yet if I want to add one additional shelf, it'll cost me $275,000. So they want you to upgrade by replacing it. It's cheaper to buy a whole new unit than to just scale-out. The upside is they last. AFF lasts us three or four years. So that's a good investment. I don't think it's cost-efficient for a lot of people. Their pricing structure is not competitive at this point with other companies. Support is a fortune on it. Every three years you need to do a rip and replace for an upgrade. It's not an in-place upgrade.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

full bundle too expensive I.e. full licenses to implement native replicas and backups

2019-02-15T15:29:00Z
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Top 20Real User

With other options, you need to buy a couple of different products to achieve the same outcome.

2018-12-24T07:46:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The total cost of ownership has increased a little. When I look at building very strong, good strategies that get presented to the board of directors and the additional executive teams, I look at two things: I look at ROI and I look at total cost of ownership. At times, my overall goal is that I want to get out of the data center business. I know that TCO really does increase because you have that on-prem solution, but I think moving forward into the cloud-based initiatives that we have, we're going to definitely start seeing a decrease within that TCO because now we don't have all of this inventory to take care of. We're being a lot more efficient and a lot more agile as well too.

2018-12-19T07:16:00Z
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Real User

Using NetApp, our total cost of ownership decreased by 17%.

2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
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Real User

The total cost, the pricing of it, has gone up quite a bit.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Real User

Our total cost of ownership has increased. SSDs are expensive.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

I would like the pricing to be cheaper.

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Vendor

Look at the different options that NetApp offers. Look for a model and option which fits your needs correctly. Don't buy a low-end product for a high-end job. NetApps offers a lot of different options. Just take your time and work with the consulting teams. Lay out what your needs are to ensure you are purchasing what will help you be successful.

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Real User

Always consider whether you can afford the solution.

2018-09-25T09:23:00Z
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