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Likelihood to Recommend

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

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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Tintri

When you need a simple storage platform that is built from the ground up for performance. If IOPS is important to you, this is a great product for you.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.5
Tintri
Flash Array Performance
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
10.0
Tintri
Data Compression
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.0
Tintri
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
10.0
Tintri
Simplicity
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.0
Tintri

Pros

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

  • Supports CIFS, NFS, ISCSI and FC protocols. Not all flash products out in the market today support all protocols and this makes it harder for small - mid scale organizations who cannot afford multiple million dollar storage platforms.
  • Handles workloads really well. We have VDI, SQL DB, Production workloads running on it all at the same time and the array doesn't choke on latency or IOPS.
  • CDOT has come a long way and with the newer versions of CDOT, the data reduction and compression makes way for a lot more usable storage than what you pay for in RAW.
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Tintri

  • Thin provisioned drives for SQL and Oracle databases allow maximizing virtual environment storage
  • Excellent performance in the virtual environment
  • Works well with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Hyper-V
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Cons

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

  • 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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Tintri

  • Not necessarily a negative, but if you go with Tintri, you will be buying other hardware as well. There are hyper-converged products that are all-in-one. Like I said, not a negative, more of an observation.
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Alternatives Considered

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

We looked at Pure, Nimble, XtremIO and NetApp. Although all the arrays did really well, the ability to support all protocols sets NetApp apart. Each vendor had its own pluses and minuses and we bought the array that best suited our business needs and budget.
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Tintri

Tintri is the only flash based storage solution that I have used, I cannot do a comparison on that, but Tintri compared to backend disk-based solutions is just an unfair comparison. I see no reason to not to use Tintri for any of your storage requirements unless price is the number one factor. It's more expensive than disk-based solutions.
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Return on Investment

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

  • 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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Tintri

  • Allowed us to drive down the amount of time required to manage our storage platform from hours per week to minutes per month.
  • Removed the complexity of having to manage multiple LUNs or datastores, allowing us to focus our time and efforts on more value-add things.
  • Removed the need to troubleshoot performance issues; the platform is never the bottleneck.
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Pricing Details

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

General

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

Tintri

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.6
Tintri
9.1

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