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"The benefits of being on AFF are the phenomenal speed at which we're able to ingest data and index it, and the IOPS.""Regarding features, SnapMirror is one we depend on right now. It helps us provide snapshots to the customers on request. There are many scenarios in which we might take snapshots in various daily use cases. We trigger the snapshots, which gives us a sense of security because we know we have this technology in place if something happens.""Using System Manager for green management or command line interface, we have a single point for managing the cluster. It is much easier to manage. It is very seamless. The product is robust and solid.""It has a good interface. Its configuration and flexibility are also good.""It also helps to accelerate databases in our environment. First of all, there is the reliability of things staying online and the small response time as well, from the MetroCluster, for all of the data that we're serving; and the applications are talking to the MetroCluster. It provides a very fast response time.""The newest version of ONTAP has a bit of a learning curve because you need to learn where things are to find them. It is not impossible, but when you are accustomed to the older version of ONTAP, it just takes a bit getting used to it, but it is about the same as before.""The initial setup is very simple.""The performance is outstanding when it's all Flash. That's the biggest bang for the buck that we get."

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"This has been one of the most reliable storage systems that I have ever used."

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"When comparing with Pure for example, with Pure you have no maintenance anymore and with NetApp, you still need maintenance.""The admin tools and the integration with other products and clouds can be improved. It should also be easier to identify and troubleshoot problems in this solution. It takes a long time, and it should be improved.""From my perspective, everything works well. They've already announced that they have some features in their next release that make the existing investment more usable, by adding software features to your existing legacy hardware investment.""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.""Their backup software 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.""During the initial setup, you need to know what you are doing.""I don't like the newest GUI. It needs more options. Some features have been removed. Oversight is not as good in the new GUI compared to the previous version. Though, it might be something that we just need to get used to."

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"The write performance could be improved because it is less than half of the read performance."

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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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  • "We acquired VAST Data as a one-time, capital purchase."
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    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

    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.

    Innovation to break decades of data storage trade-offs.

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    Sample Customers
    Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
    Norwest Venture Partners, General Dynamics Information Technology, Ginkgo Bioworks
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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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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Government7%
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    All-Flash Storage Arrays
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Pure Storage, Dell Technologies, NetApp and others in All-Flash Storage Arrays. Updated: June 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is ranked 4th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 21 reviews while VAST Data is ranked 29th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 1 review. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is rated 9.0, while VAST Data is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) writes "Provides us with quick options when restoring things for customers". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VAST Data writes "Good performance, easy to integrate, and the technical support is outstanding". NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell Unity XT, Dell PowerStore and Pure Storage FlashBlade, whereas VAST Data is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Pure Storage FlashBlade, Dell PowerStore, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell SC Series.

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