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.
We purchased the solution for something in the $80,000 range. It was a fixed-price option.
We buy the arrays outright, so we don't pay anything on an ongoing monthly basis for licensing.
We are paying for the licensing yearly.
Performance per dollar, when we looked at it, was the highest that we could get for what we needed.
Our hybrid solution could do with some more competitive pricing and more scaled-down deployments. Already, the smallest one is too much for us. We would flourish by having a smaller unit. If you don't go cheap, it is eventually worth it. However, the initial investment is high.
It is a CAPEX investment. Over the anticipated lifespan, I would say the pricing is $10,000 a month. The price has room for improvement.
There are no licensing costs for this solution.
Other arrays are 2x if not 3x the price.
The first two that I bought were incredibly expensive, compared to the last five to seven that I have bought. The price has come way down, and it has been a year or so since we bought one.
If you are a super small company, the product is probably not right for you. It is out of your price range. Anything from mid-SMB up to enterprise, it is absolutely the right product.
When selecting a vendor make sure to validate with the vendor that the throughput is enough. With the AF5000, it is 2GB/s write and 4GB/s read, which we are maxing out. Also, ensure to get the right amount of network cards. Also, make sure that the specifications meet the application domain and ensure the right amount of network cards are in the array.