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Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS)
May 2022
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"Its resilience is the most valuable.""The performance is very good.""The setup is very easy to manage and configure. The initial setup and takes one hour more or less.""The feature I like best is the stability of the hardware.""It is very flexible, and it is very useful when you want to virtualize different storage from different vendors.""Data optimization, compression, and deduplication are the most important features for us."

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"I like some basic features like Snapshot, FlexClone, and advanced features such as SnapMirror, and SnapVault. They also recently enhanced the market with Cloud Volumes ONTAP. I think that NetApp is a very good product.""The speed of data retrieval is the most valuable feature. We mostly use it for our SAP database and we are getting good IO from the hard drive.""The benefits of being on AFF are the phenomenal speed at which we're able to ingest data and index it, and the IOPS.""The performance is outstanding when it's all Flash. That's the biggest bang for the buck that we get.""We recently started using the volume encryption feature, which is helpful because there are some federal projects that require data at rest to be encrypted.""This solution helps accelerate demanding enterprise applications. VMware workloads, the database, and Oracle Solaris are hosted on AFF, which means that our primary priority workloads are on AFF and that the secondary ones are on FAS. That includes the SAN national cloud.""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.""The cloning and snapshot features are the most valuable. With snapshot backup, we can clone a big database in minutes. We take a lot of snapshots for clients in different environments."

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"For the support windows to work, maybe they have to upgrade the firmware of the VSP. They changed the hardware or the disk. I don't know if it was the port blade they changed or a VM for a memory cache. Also, replacing the old target with the processor target would be fine. The old equipment is very easy to manage, and I don't have any bad commentary.""This product should be easier to install and set up.""I would like to see Hitachi improve their management software. It's been three years since they introduced Ops Center, their management product, and it still hasn't reached at least 50 percent of the capability we require. We are using legacy software because the product Hitachi offers does not stack up in functionality.""In terms of ransomware, Pure Storage is probably a couple of steps ahead of Hitachi, but Hitachi does not rush in terms of features. They want to be really sure that the hardware works properly without any kind of problem in new environments, and the implementation or improvement does not affect the customer installation. They really want to make sure that customers are not affected in any way.""Hitachi should launch some small machines in Brazil. The smallest machine here in Brazil is VSP 350, which can be quite big for some of the customers. In China, Hitachi has small models of this equipment, but those models are not available in our region. Its pricing is a big issue for us. We are resellers, and we face some competition from other vendors. Hitachi doesn't always have a good position in terms of the price. Its user interface is also not as good as some of the other competitors, and it can be improved.""They should look at the cost because there are other vendors who offer the same cost with more features."

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"Another issue is that for smaller customers, NetApp doesn't have enough disk sizes. You begin with a 980-gigabyte disk and the next size is 3.8 terabytes. There aren't any disk sizes in between. Competitors have more choices in disk sizes.""We would like to have a feature that automatically moves volumes between aggregates, based on the performance. We normally need to do this manually.""We have been seeing some challenges around the application layer implementation. We are having some teething problems now with the cooperation between the application layer and backups to things, like SnapCenter. This may be a question of product maturity.""Its integration could be improved.""It used to give us the volume where LANs should be placed when we created a LAN in the older version. However, in the newer version of ONTAP, it does not give where to place the LAN in the volume. So, that liberty has been taken away. If that was there again, it would be very good.""When it comes to the connectivity on the back end, where the hardware is concerned—the cabling and the like—it could also be simplified to ease the communication between the nodes and between the other components of the infrastructure. I still find that a little bit complicated.""When comparing with Pure for example, with Pure you have no maintenance anymore and with NetApp, you still need maintenance.""For ONTAP, in general, the deduplication ratio and Snapshot limitation are areas that need improvement. There is a global limitation on the number of Snapshots or clones that can be spun off of a particular Snapshot. If those limitations are increased, it might be helpful."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is expensive as compared to other vendors, but its price is good if you are looking for stability, reliability, performance, and security."
  • "We pay for a support contract agreement."
  • "It is cheap. It is not very expensive. If you decide to expand the system, the cost is pretty low as compared to other vendors, such as Dell."
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  • "It depends on how you look at things, but they are in a higher price range."
  • "All features are included in the license, whereas with an EMC solution, you have to pay separately for extra terabytes."
  • "The price of NetApp is very expensive, but we don't know how much Pure is, so we can't compare."
  • "We benefited from implementing all-flash by reducing our data center footprint. We took it from 30 racks to just over five. This is one of the biggest savings for us."
  • "The licensing and pricing are fine. As a reseller for the product, we need to make the differentiation in the minds of the customer. They are not just buying some tool that does only one thing, e.g., showing a LAN for a customer. The pricing is fair for what it is."
  • "In addition to simplifying the management across a mix of solutions, AFF simplifies the cost. That was one of the main reasons we purchased AFF."
  • "NetApp AFF is an expensive product, although not compared to other vendors."
  • "The pricing is pretty reasonable for what we get. But if you have to buy any more disk space, it can be quite expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The performance is outstanding when it's all Flash. That's the biggest bang for the buck that we get.
    Top Answer:NetApp AFF is somewhat pricey. If they weren't as pricey, that would be a big deal for us. It's worth it but if you could get a really nice car for less, you'd go for the "less."
    Top Answer:The deployment itself, compared to other platforms, should be a lot easier. We don't find it all that complicated because we have been doing it for such a long time, but it should be a bit easier… more »
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    NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS
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    Overview

    RETHINK YOUR DEFINITION OF SPEED AND PERFORMANCE

    With adaptive, guaranteed data reduction and a 100% data-availability guarantee, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F series helps you tackle complicated business challenges. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) VSP F series delivers up to 4.8M IOPS with sub-millisecond response times.
    Featuring legendary Hitachi reliability, VSP F series arrays are backed by the industries only 100% availability guarantee. For these reasons, 80% of the Fortune 500 choose Hitachi all-flash arrays to accelerate the performance of mission-critical applications like Oracle, SAP, Virtualization, Microsoft apps etc. With over 350 patents in flash technology, Hitachi’s innovative mix of flash hardware and software accelerates ROI with enterprise-class reliability and performance.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Turkcell, Owens Corning, Region Nord, Net Credit Financial Group (NFC Group), Russian Railways
    Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Government29%
    Media Company14%
    Wholesaler/Distributor14%
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Healthcare Company15%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Retailer7%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government6%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise39%
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    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS)
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is ranked 16th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is ranked 4th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 21 reviews. Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is rated 8.2, while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series writes "The setup is very easy to manage and configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) writes "Provides us with quick options when restoring things for customers". Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is most compared with Dell Unity XT, IBM FlashSystem, Dell PowerMax NVMe, HPE Primera and HPE Nimble Storage, whereas NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell Unity XT, Dell PowerStore and SolidFire. See our Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) report.

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