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Score 8 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Western Digital IntelliFlash

SMB business Tegile pricing and performance is particularly well suited. BC/DR scenarios are also enhanced as they are extremely good at upgrading each side and failing over for upgrades. I don't know any situations where these would not be appropriate.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

NetApp All Flash FAS
9.5
Western Digital IntelliFlash
Flash Array Performance
NetApp All Flash FAS
10.0
Western Digital IntelliFlash
Data Compression
NetApp All Flash FAS
9.0
Western Digital IntelliFlash
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
NetApp All Flash FAS
10.0
Western Digital IntelliFlash
Simplicity
NetApp All Flash FAS
9.0
Western Digital IntelliFlash

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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Western Digital IntelliFlash

  • Fast writes to and retrieves from the disks.
  • Fast ethernet communication and full support for Vmware.
  • NFS storage means no LUN rebuilding or painful LUN migrations.
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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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Western Digital IntelliFlash

  • I would like to see every update to be able to be reached via either partial or full updates. In the past we had progressed to one level of software and then found we could not get to a later version from that level, though they did address that.
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Likelihood to Renew

NetApp All Flash FAS

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Western Digital IntelliFlash

Western Digital IntelliFlash 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Because when something works this well you don't change it
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Usability

NetApp All Flash FAS

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Western Digital IntelliFlash

Western Digital IntelliFlash 10.0
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It just works, and works very well. The GUI is clean and easy to understand, and the dashboard gives vital information at a glance. It also gives a very comprehensive view of what all the moving parts are doing. It is so clear and matches the view in real life that I can have a non-technical person looking at it and talking to me on the phone and we both see the same things, instantly.
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Support

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Western Digital IntelliFlash 10.0
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WE always get an answer right away, and help is available 24/7/365.
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Implementation

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Western Digital IntelliFlash

Western Digital IntelliFlash 10.0
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Be sure you have your networking right and you are golden.
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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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Western Digital IntelliFlash

We used to have both Nimble and Compellant in the past, and there is no comparison with the Tegile offerings. The Tegiles outperform them in every area and are easier to use.
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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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Western Digital IntelliFlash

  • It has increased our productivity in our database users by about 40%
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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
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Western Digital IntelliFlash

General

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