NetApp Flash Cache, 512GB - cache accelerator

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Flash Cache speeds access to data through intelligent caching of recently read user data and NetApp metadata in the storage controller. No setup or ongoing administration is needed, although you have the option to tune the operation of Flash Cache.

NetApp Flash Cache, 512GB - cache accelerator is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helped reduce our latency and increase our job flow What is our primary use case?We use it in the healthcare industry.How has it helped my organization?It's helped with latency. It has improved our job flows.What is most valuable?It's fast and reliable.What needs improvement?I would like to see more functionality with the external software, SnapCenter. There should also be more integration with the flash side of things. But overall, it's been pretty good.What do I think about the stability of the solution?My impression of the stability is that it's good.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It's pretty scalable. When you add more to the environment it helps things, overall.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support has been really good. NetApp support has been really helpful. We have a SAM that we use as well, and he helps us with issues that come up, bugs, etc.Which solutions did we use previously?We were pushing what we had too far on performance. It wasn't so good, so that's when we looked at All Flash.How was the initial setup?It was really straightforward, for the most part. We were used to working with FAS already and this is just adding All Flash and SSD to the mix. It's a lot of the same standards we had already.What about the implementation team?For the installation and configuration, we've done the recent ones directly through NetApp. Our experience with them has been positive.What was our ROI?We'll have the solid-state drives around longer so we won't be turning over controllers or disk as fast.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Our shortlist was really just NetApp, in our situation. We're pretty much all NetApp. We didn't evaluate anything else for this particular project.What other advice do I have?I would recommend NetApp.I rate it at nine out of ten, and close to a ten. We've been pretty happy with the All Flash.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from High performance and aggregate level dedupe are key for us, but ONTAP has not been stable What is our primary use case?We use it for our VWware environment. We run virtual machines and our plan is to migrate all of them to the All Flash platform.How has it helped my organization?The improvement for us has been space savings on the All Flash FAS platform. The data space savings are almost three times better than the what we have right now, a two-to-one ratio.Regarding the user experience, it's pretty fast. For applications where they require a high throughput, this platform is pretty solid. It also helps improve the performance of enterprise applications, data analytics, and VMs because it's pretty fast. We are on a different level of tiered platform, where the All Flash is completely hybrid, SSD aggregate, so it tripled the performance for the customer.What is most valuable?The most valuable features are high performance and encryption. It also provides aggregate level dedupe.What do I think about the stability of the solution?The system is pretty stable but most of the ONTAP versions are not really stable. There have been multiple bugs in different ONTAP versions. The hardware is really stable but we see some glitches here and there with the software. That's how the system works.Right now, we are on a pretty stable version: 9.3.8.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We have not had to scale it. We have a two-node cluster.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support has been pretty good. We have had to involve them two or three times per month.Which solutions did we use previously?Our old solution was working fine but the system was going out of support so we needed to do a refresh.How was the initial setup?It is straightforward. The whole cluster configuration is pretty straightforward. Just bring up the node and add to the existing clusters. We didn't see any difficulties.It takes us one day to set up and provision enterprise applications using this product. Migration takes a lot of time but provisioning is setting up the cluster and that takes one day.What about the implementation team?We used NetApp Professional Services and they were pretty good.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Because we are government, it is an open contract. People have to bid on government projects. We don't have a say in the options.What other advice do I have?I would say this is a good solution but talk to the NetApp guys and see how it really fits in your environment.We do not connect it to public clouds at the moment. We have plans to do so in the future, depending on the use cases.I rate the product at seven out of ten. Their system is pretty good but we are still facing a few issues, mainly on the software side where there is an SVMDR. We had it in the previous configuration. We did an ONTAP upgrade but had some issues replicating the whole configuration. There are a few other glitches here and there. Other than that I would say it's pretty stable.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enables us to provide an easily automated solution using REST APIs What is our primary use case?We have a multi-tenant shared solution that we use with Quality of Service to provide bare metal as a service and IP storage to our customers. We keep it very simple. It's an automated solution which customers configure on a portal and then it automatically configures storage for them.How has it helped my organization?The solution has drastically and positively affected IT's ability to support new business initiatives. It's a very easily automated solution using REST APIs.Combined with OnCommand, the solution the solution helps improve the performance of our enterprise applications.What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is the ability to do QoS and keep customers from harming other customers in that solution.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It's very stable. We have not yet had any issues. All solutions have issues, but we have not yet had any with this one.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We scale up to 64 nodes in a cluster and then we just keep scaling clusters. We've had no issues with scalability.How is customer service and technical support?We've been a partner of NetApp for a very long time. Their support is very good. We use a lot of direct NetApp engineering resources, as a partner at our scale. We tend to work hand in hand with NetApp.Which solutions did we use previously?For our use case, we were automating what we were doing so we chose to use the All Flash REST APIs.How was the initial setup?Our initial setup involved a lot of development. It was complex mainly because we had to make it simple. We had to simplify it for our own customers, so it was complex for us but it's a very easy solution for enterprises.What was our ROI?The solution is too new for us to see ROI yet.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Dell EMC was our other option. Both Dell EMC and NetApp are partners of ours. We went with NetApp because of relationships and ease of set up.What other advice do I have?It's a pretty stout solution. NVMe is coming and pretty much everything we want is on their roadmap.In terms of connecting it to public cloud, we are a public cloud so we connect to ourselves. When it comes to setting up and provisioning enterprise applications using the solution, it depends on the customer use case. Some are quick, some are really complex.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I think it is a very stable product. What is our primary use case?It's, mainly it's for storage, we have various databases with different applications and we are using it just for storage, mainly as just a storage for our systems.What needs improvement?A while ago, they performed slowly, but now they are quite fast.I think the major thing to improve is in terms of the implementation, especially where that technology is implemented for the first time. Be sure the partners are well aware in terms of what needs to be done from the moment the sale is initiated, or a purchase order is provided, to the point of being implemented.For how long have I used the solution?Less than one year.What do I think about the stability of the solution?I think it is a very stable product.How was the initial setup?Implementation was not easy.What was our ROI?When evaluating a possible solution, I look for:* Technical Capabilities* Scalability* CostWhat's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Always consider whether you can afford the solution.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We also looked at IBM and EMC, but eventually we chose NetApp AFF because we already had people experienced with NetApp AFF. We did not want to invest in new technology completely.What other advice do I have?Make sure that you are very clear in terms of what you want to buy. Your specifications have to be very clear, so there are no gray areas. From there, it`s up to which vendor provides you with the right proposal, and if its cost-effective go for it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Because of the cloning and snapshots that we do, we are getting a high data efficiency ratio out of our production array Primary Use CaseNetApp is our primary storage device for our line of business. We use NetApp as our primary storage device and also for our DR.We are a workers' comp insurance company that has been in business for a 120 years.BenefitsIt has helped us improve the performance for our enterprise applications, data analytics and VMs across the board. We recently upgraded from a FAS3250 platform to the AFF A300 all-flash array. Batch times went from approximately seven hours down to about two and a half. Functionality during the day, such as taking or removing snapshots and cloning instances, is higher than it has ever been.We are employing the native encryption on disk along with NVMe. Therefore, it is a more secure solution. Our user experience and performance have been remarkably better as well.A lot of application administrators have a lot more time. We have been able to do some things that we were unable to do before, so it has helped streamline our business a lot.Valuable FeaturesWe enjoy the native built-in replication and the snapshot functionality (to take snapshots).Room for ImprovementI just got through the session where it looks like they are going to support Oracle running on Linux with SnapCenter. That is one of the main things that we are hoping to get integrated.Use of SolutionMore than five years.Stability IssuesNetApp has always been a stable platform with very few problems at all.Scalability IssuesIt is very scalable. Because of the cloning and snapshots that we do, we are getting a data efficiency ratio out of our production array of about 32:1, which is a high ratio. So, we took quite a bit of data and shrunk it down in size, letting it scale out better.We are going to be adding another shelf to it, but storage to the NetApp application has always been easy to do. We usually do it ourselves without getting a third-party contractor involved.Customer Service and Technical SupportNetApp's support has always been top-notch. I haven't met anyone in the NetApp institution who hasn't been a remarkably intelligent, easy-going person to work with. It is amazing. Everyone from their support crews to their sales engineers are good. We have a good relationship with them.Previous SolutionsA big guiding point for upgrading hardware of any type now is to look at the support costs. If support costs get high enough, it financially doesn't make any sense to not upgrade.Usually once a new technology matures enough, you can look at TCO and decide to make the decision to move ahead. So, we invested in this solution because of costs and the technology improved to the point where we knew it would be stable.Initial SetupThe initial setup was very straightforward. It was intuitive to set up storage volumes and get the networking functioning. Their engineer was very helpful. We got the current array on our production site the very same day it was shipped in. We had it up on the network and started to put some storage on it.Implementation TeamWe used a NetApp professional services for this deployment. It worked out really well. We had involvement of several different support engineers to help with all aspects of the rollout.ROIThe total cost of ownership has decreased a great deal. As far as percentages, it's hard to gauge, but we did have quite a few personnel staying up, making sure batches ran well every night. Now, batches are being done by 8:00 in the evening, so we don't have to do that anymore. When you start adding the employee hours that we have for people working in the off-hours, and it is not an issue anymore, I suspect TCO might have gone down 25 percent.Setting up storage for an application (storage provisioning) is quick and easy. Maybe a quarter of the time is now spent getting the application up and running, or even less.Other Solutions ConsideredWe also talked to Tegile and HPE, but nobody else offered up the functionality or snapshots. It was a no-brainer.Other AdviceWe have been an NetApp customer for about ten years and have enjoyed the relationship a lot.The important thing for anybody to check out is the snapshot functionality of NetApp, and how well it works to provision for backup. It also provisions test environments with it. There are so many advantages to the way they do snapshots compared to other companies, and they have all these wondrous tool sets to leverage the snapshot functionality. Anybody who is looking into a storage solution needs to look at all of the attributes to the NetApp platform.Connecting it to public cloud is our next project. We are looking at DR using NetApp cloud services, so that will probably be coming up first quarter of next year.We are looking at a new series arrays for our building video security storage as well, and there is no doubt that we will be going with NetApp. NetApp just does a solid job, and their support is top-notch.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The configuration is very similar and cookie cutter for everything Valuable FeaturesThe speed: There's nothing like it in terms of throughput and latency that it delivers to our customers, so it's been a real big benefit.Improvements to My OrganizationWe make heavy use of the QoS features. Getting in there, being able to really dig in, and see how the latency breaks down across the various sub-planes of the controller is really useful and helps us deliver more, faster.We sell it as a service to our customers. Our customers come in and buy big chunks of storage, then use it however they want, and this thing handles pretty much every workload we give it.We use both block and file storage.Room for ImprovementIt would be nice if it was faster and bigger. We need more disks behind there for storage.If it did everything by itself, then I'd be out of a job. I don't want that.Stability IssuesThe stability is rock solid.Scalability IssuesIt does scale very well. You bolt it on and it's All Flash underneath, then all the controllers are the same. It's just a very nice homogenized platform that we got there.Technical SupportI don't want to say we've never had a problem, but whenever we do have problems, they get resolved quickly and we have great support from them.We have residents, so that does help. We get dedicated support who are very knowledgeable and able to respond very quickly, and wherever they can't answer it, they know who to go to.Previous SolutionsWe've been using NetApp for a long time. We've used other solutions that didn't quite fair so well, and NetApp has always been there. They've had the single platform on tap. It's great. We love having that everywhere.Based on my experience with AFF, I am absolutely more likely to consider NetApp for mission critical storage systems in the future. It's very dependable.Initial SetupI have been there since the beginning of AFF, and we've deployed dozens and dozens of these clusters.Since all disks are the same, and they're all very fast, we can throw all sorts of different service levels on there. The configuration is very similar and cookie cutter for everything.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingIf you can get the price to work right, then this is a fantastic platform to build on.Other AdviceIt delivers on what it promises.We have to have storage everywhere, and we have to have it quickly when we need it. Therefore, NetApp has been able to come through and keep us running for all these years.Most important criteria when selecting a vendor:* They have to have good support.* They have to have good products.* They have to be able to deliver on the scale that we need to deliver on.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Using Snapshot, we are able to replicate/clone the production environments. Some workload balancing activities across the nodes are not transparent. Valuable Features:Two functions are valuable for us:* Snapshot: We are able to replicate/clone production environments to test the SW version up (e.g. the Oracle Financials upgrades).* MetroCluster: Our disaster recovery is based on two active-active sites. The MetroCluster feature allowed us to continue our operations (without business interruption) when we stopped one of the sites.Room for Improvement:This solution is based on the scale-out concept. Some workload balancing activities across the nodes are not transparent (requires server downtime).Use of Solution:We have been using this solution for five months.Stability Issues:We did encounter stability issues but nothing that interrupted the solution; more background type of problems.Scalability Issues:We did encounter scalability issues, the solution is not delivering the requested performance (I/O response time for the requested IOPS).Technical Support:The technical support level is between poor to medium in our geography.Previous Solutions:Previously, we were using the older generation of the NetApp MetroCluster (6240 unit). We switched as this unit was not performant enough, i.e., it had a high maintenance cost for the performance delivered.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:Negotiate everything, i.e., including the price for the future capacity upgrades as part of the deal.Other Solutions Considered:We looked at EMC, HPE, and Fujitsu.Other Advice:You need to understand the limitations of the scale-out architecture.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's easier to provision applications for VMware, VDI, Oracle, and SQL. Supports multiple protocols. Valuable Features:* CIFS (stable solution)* Ability to support multiple protocolsImprovements to My Organization:* SVM application provisioning: makes it easier to provision applications for VMware, VDI, Oracle, and SQL.* All flash: low latency and higher IOPS since it’s all flash.Room for Improvement:Firmware upgrades consistently continue to be the weak spot in all NetApp products.Use of Solution:For 8 months now.Stability Issues:I have not yet had any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not had any issues with scalability.Customer Service:On a scale of 1-5, I would rate them 3.5.Technical Support:On a scale of 1-5, I would rate them 3.5.Initial Setup:Initial setup was complex. In spite of the new CDOT 9, NetApp setup is still complex. It requires configuration of all the network interfaces, SVMs, which can become a little overwhelming.Cost and Licensing Advice:NetApp is trying to stay in competition and are offering competitive prices to existing/new consumers. The key is being aggressive.Other Solutions Considered:We looked at Pure Storage and Nimble.Other Advice:Be prepared for a lot of configuration hiccups before being operational.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-21
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