NetApp Flash Cache, 512GB - cache accelerator

Mfg. Part: X1973A-R6-C | CDW Part: 3044773 | UNSPSC: 43201407
$33,572.85Advertised Price
Lease Option ($987.71 /month) Lease Availability

Have leasing questions? Let us know how can we help.

Note: Leasing is available to organizations only. Leasing is not available to individuals.
Mon-Fri 7am-7:30pm CT
Call for availability
  • Cache accelerator
View More
Product Overview
Main Features
  • Cache accelerator
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.

Technical Specifications
Specifications are provided by the manufacturer. Refer to the manufacturer for an explanation of the print speed and other ratings.
Category of Accessory: Storage accessories

Brand: NetApp
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: NetApp *Advertised*
Model: Flash Cache, 512GB
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: NetApp

Compliant Standards: RoHS 6/6
Product Type: Cache accelerator

Product Reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by We use it for Citrix XenApp profiles. It's fast and stable. Valuable Features:I liked the performance; it's fast. We use it for Citrix XenApp profiles and we would always have issues in the past from spinning disk with lagging profiles. They'd be slow to log in, which impacted end users. Since we've been using the FAS solution, it's been zero down time, very good response, no issues whatsoever.Improvements to My Organization:We live on the US east coast and when we have snow storms, a lot of users work remotely and that's when it impacts, as profiles get used very heavily. When you have three or four thousand users all logging in at nine o'clock in the morning, trying to pull down profiles because nobody's coming into the office and our company never closes, on spinning disk, the impact is very high. On flash, you don't see it, it doesn't even blink; cannot even tell.Room for Improvement:Where I see room for improvement is their technical support.Stability Issues:Stability is the same as the spinning disk solutions. NetApp solutions, in general, I think are very stable. I don't have any issues with them.Scalability Issues:I haven't had to scale the AFF, in particular, so I would assume it would be the same as the spinning disk solutions, where we've been able to scale to multi-node clusters.Technical Support:With NetApp's technical support, when you get the right person, you have a good response. Sometimes, it's a little hard to get to the right person. We have a support account manager, so he helps negotiate that a little bit, or facilitate that. I think NetApp support still has some work to do. Once you get the right person, you usually get the answers you need, but sometimes it's hard to get to the right person.Initial Setup:Installation was fairly simple.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I didn't evaluate other solutions, actually. We already had this use case, in particular, running on a NetApp filer. It kind of was a natural progression to move it to a flash filer.Other Advice:I think that you need to evaluate your use case and do a proof of concept, testing on multiple platforms, and see what works best for you.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by It provides fast VDI services for our call center. Valuable Features:For me, the most valuable feature it has been the capability to provide fast VDI services for our call center. In North Carolina, we get some harsh winters, a lot of ice; not really snow, but some ice. Call center workers can't come in to work. We still need to field the calls when they come in. With the VDI platform, we're allowed to let them use their home computers to call in and use the services like they were in the office. The low latency that the all-flash provides, allows for the actual call center software to work flawlessly. It's like they are in the office and it's been working out great.It's been a great product in my quiver.Improvements to My Organization:As an example, if we miss a call reporting a fuel leak, that can cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Missing those calls is not possible. With this product, we can turn around agents across the globe, left and right, just turn them on and they provision so quick that they don't even know that stuff is happening. If a VM happens to mess up, we can delete it and provision a new one. It's super-fast.Room for Improvement:Make it a little bit cheaper, but I don't think I would change anything of the system. Right now, each release has surprised me. Actually, I'm very happy with the results.I’m looking forward to them coming out with SnapMirror to AltaVault; that's going to be awesome. Right now, I have to use a third-party product to do backups from my FAS systems over to the AltaVault. Then, it goes over to Amazon S3. With the SnapMirror, innovation I can go directly from my NetApp straight to it. I no longer have to have a third-party product to do it. That's coming up, I believe, at the end of the year.Stability Issues:Their platforms are always rock solid.Scalability Issues:You can keep adding shelves and it works.Technical Support:I haven't had to use tech support. The product's been that good.Previous Solutions:We knew needed this type solution based on a lot of research. We needed to provide an experience similar to the desktops. That really pushed us towards the flash array.I did not previously use a different solution; we were just using regular desktops. We did not have an environment to support at that time.Initial Setup:Initial setup was very easy; it took maybe 30 minutes to do.Other Solutions Considered:The choice was really simple: either going with a hybrid FAS or an all-flash FAS. We did a quick bake-off and the all-flash won hands down.We did not consider any other vendors.The most important criteria for me when considering vendors to work with has to be their interoperability between the platforms. NetApp has clearly done that.Other Advice:Look at the full product range that NetApp has to offer. They have something for everybody. Their portfolio is so wide. If you're a DevOp shop, look at SolidFire. There are products for the Edge consumer, ROBO, and cloud. All of them talk together with the data fabric.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by We're able to put our most IOPS-intensive VMware workloads on that storage aggregate. Valuable Features:With AFF, specifically, we're able to put our most IOPS-intensive VMware workloads on that storage aggregate, and at that point be fairly certain that we have more than enough performance to deal with those workloads. But it isn't about the speed, really. I think speed is great; we all want bigger, faster, lower latency. The AFF and its speed are a good complement to the data management suite that is Ontap. I would say CDOT on flash has done more for us because of its flexibility and what we can do with data protection, migration and non-disruptive everything, than flash (and all of that speed) by itself. Now we have that top-tier storage performance that was only available on the SAN before.CDOT's command line is the nicest command line I've ever used in 16 years of engineering; being dabbling in that work, being a server administrator and being a storage administrator. It's a joy to use, and I can do everything I need to with it.Room for Improvement:If you're in a situation where you have thousands of volumes to back up, and let's say you're migrating from another solution onto FAS or onto AFF, that's a lot of individual SnapMirror and SnapVault sessions to create. I know that there's a product called SVMDR, which I've looked into and I know it's also it's in infancy, but is great for moving a mass workload from a net new standpoint into a data protection methodology. I haven't had great luck with moving it from an existing workload to an SVMDR methodology. I'd like to see a little more work around SVMDR.Use of Solution:We got our first AFF system installed, I'd say, last fall (2015).Stability Issues:It has been consistently stable for me; no downtime, no LIF fail over. All of our CDOT systems have been incredibly stable.Scalability Issues:We haven't had it long enough to where we've had to scale. I guess we scaled to it. We were running a mixed VMware workload on flash-hybrid aggregates. We were starting to see some spikes in latency of up to 20 milliseconds for brief periods on certain workloads. We're running SQL and PostgreSQL databases in VMware, and that's primarily where we were seeing the spikes. We scaled out of the need for more performance, not necessarily out of the need for more storage capacity. The AFF allowed us that scale.Technical Support:The technical support is Cadillac; I'm a big fan of our SAM. The support engagement is great. I know I can email the SAM if something major is going on, and she'll log a case. I know she works behind the scenes to get an engineer she knows that has a specialty in what I'm trying to do, on the case. Many of my engagements with our SAM are around preventative possible tickets, or a ticket is opened because we're doing this big migration, and we never have to reach out to them in that situation. It's great.Initial Setup:Initial setup of CDOT is very flexible. You can make it as complex or as simple as you want. I think for our AFF configuration in VMware, it’s pretty simple. It was a simple engagement with the installation services; it was simple to get it rolling and serving data. We have other more general-purpose CDOT systems that serve varieties of file and application workloads. That's a complex set up; it just is. It's a flexible tool, so we can make it fit the bill for what we're doing.Other Advice:When I discuss what I'm looking for in a partner, I'm thinking of experiences with other vendors, where I feel like people that I've worked with for two or three years don't understand our environment.I know that the sales team, pre-sales team and our SAM – our support account – they know what we're doing as well as anyone on our team. That's exactly what I'm looking for.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 20, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great performance for OLTP systems. Valuable Features:ADP (advanced drive partitioning), which eases capacity management on smaller capacity platforms. Great performance for OLTP systems.Improvements to My Organization:The Oracle workload, which was previously deployed on physical servers with direct-attached storage, has greatly improved mostly with transaction processing speed. Latency has been almost eliminated on protocol and physical disk layer.Room for Improvement:Mostly security-related bugs on various DATA ONTAP for c-DOT versions. No comments on the physical platform itself.Use of Solution:Since October 2015 (10 months).Deployment Issues:Configuring ADP seemed a bit more difficult than traditional aggregate setup.Previous Solutions:Most of our current solutions are based on spinning media and hybrid solutions. Due to the greater performance improvement on flash systems, the higher number of IOPS and less latency on the storage back end, I would recommend deploying performance-dependent workloads on SSD platforms.Initial Setup:The initial setup was straight-forward with the exception of the ADP aggregate setup and spare drive management.Implementation Team:Implemented in-house.Other Advice:Carefully estimate the IOPS profile of the workload that is going to be deployed on AFF as it is optimized for random I/O.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: August 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by We were very pleased with the average speed in the past, but it’s now consistent. The performance is consistent and that’s much more important than that it's faster. Valuable Features:For me it’s important that my flash system is a part of the NetApp storage system. It’s just an extension of it. My guys can use the same comments, the same tools, the same application integration as they did before. The VDI migration for example, my VDI guy doesn’t change anything. That’s a really good offer for us because then all the tools we can reuse all the integration. It’s just another disk wipe that’s there and that, for me, is the most important reason.Flash is, for us, a default for databases, VDI, and VMware. We still have some other disks which we bought two years ago, so we migrate step by step. The VDI was the nicest to start with because their benefits were the highest as we got unpredicted workloads for the VDI’s and that is very well handled by the flash.Improvements to My Organization:First, when you think of flash, everybody says that it’s faster, but that’s not the main reason. Of course it’s all related to it, but for example, with the VDI, we were very pleased with our previous disk system which also aligned with flash rules. But I was not pleased that my guys were spending a lot of time in managing their VDI’s, taking care of it, that they don't do the same thing at the same moment. When they were deploying, it was by 10, for example, not 300 at a time. They did that at night instead of during the day because they were generating a lot of iron on the disk system and the performance were going down.Honestly, we were very pleased with the average speed in the past. But it’s now consistent. The performance is consistent and that’s much more important than it being faster.They did a very good job already now with 8.3. If we also compare 8.2. to 8.3, there are a lot of performance improvements already there.Room for Improvement:It needs to be cheaper, as we want more but can't afford it.Use of Solution:We've used it since April or May.Stability Issues:In general with NetApp AFF, especially from version 8.1, it’s very stable, and with 8.2 I even can say that it will never die. That’s, for us as a hospital, very important because we’re always on, we don’t have maintenance windows, we don’t have time for big changes as we’re always on the fly, so updating for us is beyond us.Scalability Issues:That’s not a problem. It scales enormously well. We have more than six petabytes today. We have a lot of 8000’s in different guides with MetroCluster, and then because we’re already clustered from 2000’s, there’s 7-Mode systems that we now are migrating to the cluster.Technical Support:We always have tickets that takes longer than you expect, but I don’t see a difference with other companies. Sometimes it works very fast and then all is good and some of the issues take a little bit long for us. And also what I find very important is your critical tickets, are they handled perfectly?Previous Solutions:We tested another solution, but it didn't integrate well.Initial Setup:We're very knowledgable with NetApp, is the initial setup was very straightforward. If you're anew customer, the whole system comes complete pre-configured, so that's very, very simple. If you buy the pieces separately, then you have to configure it yourself, and if you're not knowledgable with NetApp, it's going to take some time to complete.Implementation Team:We do it in-house. We do it completely by ourselves because we like to do this. Also it’s important because we really want to understand it very well. How the system works in general and by doing the set up by yourselves it gives you already the knowledge of all traffic.Other Advice:Go with flash. We not have more free time because we can just press a button and deploy three of 500 VDI's at once. We don't have to invest in high-performance disks because we use flash.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. December 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by It’s a flash array that works seamlessly with other NetApp products. Valuable Features:* SnapMirror* Migration abilities* Easy backup solution* Snapshot abilityImprovements to My Organization:It's certainly better than our previous Pure Storage system. It’s a flash array that works seamlessly with other NetApp products. They have the ability of other FAS as well as of flash.Room for Improvement:In a metro cluster, the bridges are fiber heavy, limiting the performance. This is its only disadvantage.Use of Solution:We've used it for two months.Stability Issues:So far so good. We've had no stability issues.Scalability Issues:It's met our expectations, and we still have room to grow and scale out.Technical Support:7/10 due to having unsolved tickets.Over the last year, the quality of their technical support decreased, but it's getting better again.Previous Solutions:We previously used Pure Storage.Initial Setup:It's very easy. We've been using NetApp products for five years so its just another NetApp system for us.Implementation Team:We did it in-house.Other Advice:I would say if you need high availability across different sites, then think if the right product for you because of speed limitations.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Previously, we had to reprogram every three months or so, so not having to do that with AFF is huge. Scalability is difficult, as the number of shelves is limited to 2 or 4. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature for us completely depends on the workload. We've run it on various environments, including VMware. We were able to migrate to VMware with clustered Data ONTAP. That was important for us.Improvements to My Organization:Stability was something that was really wanted to improve on, and we've been ale to do that with AFF. Previously, we had to reprogram every three months or so, so not having to do that with AFF is huge.Secondly, we do a lot less daily maintenance than we used to. It's a fairly trouble-free system as we simply configure it and pretty much leave it alone.Room for Improvement:I had a few issues, but they were easy to fix. I would like for it to be more scalable as the number of shelves is limited.Use of Solution:We installed it in July.Scalability Issues:Scalability is difficult. The number of shelves is limited to 2 or 4, and the number of terrabytes we potentially have doesn't match to this limit.Technical Support:We don't have a lot of contact with technical support because our engineers handle any issues. But the product itself has been excellent.Initial Setup:The initial setup wasn't easy, and in fact took about 6 years. It was a slow start, but of course it was new back then, and it takes time.Implementation Team:We were one of the first and even the engineer had some trouble configuring it for us.Other Solutions Considered:We can't decide for ourselves so we ask the market, this is what we want to do, what should we buy? Then markers come with the products. There isn't a lot of choice.Other Advice:We've had a good experience with it so far. Right now, we're using it for our customers, but if we were to also use it for ourselves, it would be too small. I'm sure they'll improve in the future, but we'll just have to wait for the solution to support ten to fifteen thousand users.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ?We use it for automating cloud deployments of SAP applications and products, but it has issues with deleting big data. Valuable Features:SnapMirror is definitely the most valuable feature for us. It allows us to have a snapshot in minutes and we can use it to restore quickly from a backup.Also, the speed of AFF is great.Improvements to My Organization:We use it for automating cloud deployments of SAP applications and products.Room for Improvement:They have issues with deleting big data.Use of Solution:We've been using it since September.Deployment Issues:We encountered no deployment issues.Stability Issues:It's generally stable.Scalability Issues:It scales to our needs.Technical Support:Technical support were helpful, but it took time to find the right person to help me. It started with a service rep in India, and was passed to three people until we found the right person with the correct knowledge. I give them a 7 out of 10.Previous Solutions:It's our first flash storage solution.Initial Setup:I wasn't involved, but those who were told me it was easy.Other Advice:Don’t implement if it's not needed because it’s quite expensive. We need it because of the demanding features.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 18, 2015
  • 2016-10-27 T09:32:45.535-05:00
  • bvseo_lps, prod_bvrr, vn_prr_5.6
  • cp-1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_14, tr_14
  • loc_en_US, sid_3044773, prod, sort_default
Adding to Cart...
10/28/2016 5:27:41 AM
^ Back to Top

Maximum 300 characters
An account manager will email you within one business day to confirm your request.

Your Quote has been submitted

What Happens Next? A confirmation email is on its way. Within one business day, you will be contacted by an Account Manager to finalize your quote.


Something went wrong.

Please try again later.

License Selector

    The license selector is not currently available. Please try again later.