15 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

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.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

For an SMB, vSAN and other hyper-converged products seem to provide a cost-benefit especially as it relates to future growth and reduced management. VMware vSAN is not, however, a simple-to-understand product. It can be easy to set up and deploy with the proper understanding, but there are serious complexities that need to be understood and mitigated for you to be successful and very happy with its long term care and operation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

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

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

  • Very strong data integrity.
  • The portability of the VMs.
  • Dataflow is great without a lot of tweaking.
  • The in-place encryption is a strong layer of security and it is great for establishing multi-tenancy trust.
  • Ease of use from vCenter.
  • Great data compression, lowering costs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

  • I have not found anything about VSAN that needs improvement. It does what it is supposed to do, and is easy to work with.
Brent Runyan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN 9.7
Based on 3 answers
The software side is where the magic happens, and VMware's vSAN works well and very few bugs encountered. If you run into an issue then support is usually quick to fix. Of course moving up versions you will see interface changes, some for the better, some worse. But that's to be expected in this business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN 6.2
Based on 5 answers
VMware as a whole isn't our favorite at providing support. They seem generally hard to get help from and don't seem very responsive. The bright exception to this is a product they have called AppDefense which we've experienced great support around. VMware vSAN, in general, has followed the overall VMware trend. Luckily VMware mostly just works and you don't need a lot of support. vSAN is much the same. The few times we have used support it was generally not great, but ultimately got us passed the issue.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

vSAN is far more integrated than any other SDS solution running on vSphere. It is also a simpler deployment and management model.
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

  • We spent less on a per gigabyte basis for our vSAN solution than we would have for competing products.
  • We received more pure storage for our vSAN solution than we would have for the same budget with a competing product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

VMware vSAN

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
10.0
VMware vSAN
8.6

Usability

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
VMware vSAN
9.7

Support Rating

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
VMware vSAN
6.2

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