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NetApp All Flash FAS

We us our AFF to support all applications that have a response time imperative or are IO intensive such as databases, email, VMware VMs and applications that have users at a keyboard needing a responsive interaction. It is also where we put all data that must be encrypted at rest such as HIPAA data.
It is of no value to data that is generally archived, little used or has low IO requirements. These would include scanned images, videos, IP Camera storage and most CIFS and NFS file based storage. For these types of applications SATA is still a better choice.
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HPE Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage works well for storage of anything. It is fast and reliable. Nimble storage is great for virtual machines, SQL databases, exchange, backups, and anything else you would put on a SAN. Nimble is especially good at compression and consolidation. If you have a rack now with 24U of storage, you can most likely knock that down to 4U with Nimble. You get more space for your money on both storage and rack space
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

NetApp All Flash FAS
9.5
HPE Nimble Storage
8.1
Flash Array Performance
NetApp All Flash FAS
10.0
HPE Nimble Storage
8.0
Data Compression
NetApp All Flash FAS
9.0
HPE Nimble Storage
8.0
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
NetApp All Flash FAS
10.0
HPE Nimble Storage
8.5
Simplicity
NetApp All Flash FAS
9.0
HPE Nimble Storage
9.0
Flash Array Integration
NetApp All Flash FAS
HPE Nimble Storage
8.0
Power Savings
NetApp All Flash FAS
HPE Nimble Storage
7.0

Pros

NetApp All Flash FAS

  • It is fast. We have multiple large and vastly different types of workloads and our response time is always sub-milisecond
  • NetApp has done a phenomenal job with developing Ontap. It continues to improve in large leaps on a short development cycle
  • The snapshot technology at the heart of Ontap is incredibly powerful and versatile. It is at the heart of most of their most useful technologies.
  • Non-disruptive moves of volumes between nodes, aggregates and even different media types makes management vert simple
  • Volume level data encryption. We have this enabled for all volumes and have seen zero performance impact.
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HPE Nimble Storage

  • Storage is fast
  • Easy to manage
  • Augments our VMware environment as a SAN datastore
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Cons

NetApp All Flash FAS

  • The GUI of Ontap is in constant flux. Every time there is an upgrade it appears to be completely redesigned. Some stability in its design would be nice
  • As new or improved technologies addressing compression, compaction and deduplication occur within upgrades it would be nice if preexisting data could benefit from it by background processes looking for opportunities to apply savings to data in place.
  • It is not simple to see when data from the AFF is being access inefficiently through the cluster interconnect. Because data moves sometimes access to the data remains with the nodes that originally owned them. I would like to be able to easily identify these instances so that I can take corrective action.
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HPE Nimble Storage

  • It does what we need it to do.
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Likelihood to Renew

NetApp All Flash FAS

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HPE Nimble Storage

HPE Nimble Storage 9.0
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Nimble is doing its job well and any issues that do come up cause the Nimble support team to alert us before we would potentially see an impact to our production environment. I do wish we could expand into the unused space in the CS210 shelf which is limited by what I assume is a marketing/sales strategy, but we will likely add shelves moving forward.
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Support

NetApp All Flash FAS

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HPE Nimble Storage

HPE Nimble Storage 10.0
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Support has been very helpful and tickets are opened by the system automatically. The team we worked with on the install were knowledge and helpful in getting the new system integrated with our network.
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Alternatives Considered

NetApp All Flash FAS

I have been an IBM and EMC storage customer. I used EMC CX and VMX series SANs. I have used IBM Shark SANs before that. Much has changed over the years. It is my experience that Netapp has shown a great deal more innovation with large leaps in technology, ease of use and an aggressive progress while the two other vendors that I have experience with are more tied to their legacy technologies.
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HPE Nimble Storage

We currently use EMC VNX in our environment and it works well, but after using Nimble we would probably continue that route. The bang for the buck is better with Nimble, and it is just as easy if not easier to use than EMCs product. Also, Nimble support has been some of the greatest support I've encountered from a technical aspect.
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Return on Investment

NetApp All Flash FAS

  • Epic, our EMR providor, has very aggressive guidelines for performance. The Netapp AFF meets those guidlines easily eben in a mixed workload environment. This has helped us meet our business objectives by not having to diversify our storage platforms or vendors.
  • Multi-protocol support (block (ISCSI/FiberChannel) or File (NFS/CIFS)) Allows us to use the Netapp systems to solve all storage requirements regardless of the system needing storage
  • Clustered technologies along with non-disruptive movement of data between nodes on the cluster make hardware refreshes simple and allows the business to keep running without interruption even during massive data moves.
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HPE Nimble Storage

  • From the IT perspective, Nimble has been a great return on investment. We are able to do things we were not able to do before, I can spin up a new server for testing or deployment in a matter of minutes.
  • Also for IT, I am able to test Linux and Windows machines and delete them after I am done testing. This has allowed a lot of flexibility for me and saved time and expense of not needing additional hardware.
  • The business side has not seen the return on their investment yet, but that is primarily that the management has a different focus and hasn't fully developed a budget for the changes from a physical to virtual environment.
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Pricing Details

NetApp All Flash FAS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

HPE Nimble Storage

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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