When it comes to all-flash storage solutions today, high performance and low latency are not enough. Your enterprise needs more. In an enterprise context, “agility” refers to how well and rapidly a company can adapt to market and environmental changes-and do it in productive, cost-effective ways. Robust data management and enterprise-grade capabilities are key to staying on top of today’s dynamic marketplace. The following features and and capabilities make the All Flash FAS (AFF) an enterprise-grade storage solution.  Note, this blog is a follow-on to a blog I did on “AFF Makes the Grade for Enterprise.”





Flash-to-Disk Agility

All Flash FAS supports live workload migration between flash and hard disk drive (HDD) tiers-on premises or in the cloud. As data characteristics and application environments change, data that’s no longer performance-driven doesn’t need to be in flash. All Flash FAS gives you the flexibility to move that data nondisruptively within the same cluster to other nodes that are just spinning media for cost-effective backup or archival for example-quickly and easily.


Flash-to-Cloud Data Protection

NetApp is the first all-flash system to support integrated snapshots and cloning to a software instance running on Amazon Web Services. You can move your data securely across your choice of clouds-enabled by Cloud ONTAP and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud.


Integrated Data Protection That Delivers Resiliency

Industry-leading, advanced data protection technologies in AFF improve your resiliency. Core features include RAID DP, in-core checksums, lost write protection, read-after write verification, and media scans that verify that data written to the solid state drive (SSD) is written correctly and regenerated.


For enterprise-grade data availability, NetApp MetroCluster is the only high-availability and disaster recovery software integrated into an all-flash array. With MetroCluster, you recover from failures with zero data loss, maintaining continuous data availability for mission-critical applications-at half the cost and complexity of competitive solutions.


NetApp SnapMirror software replicates to any type of FAS system-all flash, hybrid, or HDD, on premises or in the cloud-reducing overall system costs.


Enhancements that improve SSD durability and life include metadata and user data that are coalesced in memory before being destaged intelligently to the SSD subsystem.


Furthermore, where other storage vendors compete, we partner. One road leads to vendor lock-in; the other leads to interoperability. Through strong data protection partnerships, All Flash FAS delivers integrated support for Veeam, Commvault, Veritas, and Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) solutions.


Leading Application Integration Covers All the Bases

Deep application integration sets All Flash FAS apart from other all-flash solutions on the market today.Delivering tight assimilation with Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP, Citrix, VMware, and OpenStack and CloudStack environments, AFF streamlines your management and data protection chores-saving you time and cycles. Application-consistent backup and recovery is integrated and automated.


Storage Management Made Easy

All Flash FAS includes the NetApp OnCommand family of management software for automated tools that further simplify management of storage operations. Setting up and configuring AFF typically takes less than 15 minutes leveraging preconfigured systems for SAN deployments. OnCommand Workflow Automation automates common storage tasks such as provisioning and data protection for environments such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle.


To optimize storage for peak performance and to keep everything running smoothly, OnCommand Performance Manager automatically monitors and analyzes performance. It’s an integrated component of OnCommand Unified Manager.


The Need for Speed

All Flash FAS accelerated performance enables server consolidation and can reduce database license costs by 50%.


In a recent SPC-1 benchmark, the All Flash FAS8080EX delivered 685,000 SPC-1 IOPS, ranking in the top 5. For database environments, AFF delivers 309K IOPS at 1ms latency for Oracle database 12c and 280K IOPS at 1ms latency for Microsoft SQL Server. VDI performance is equally impressive with 160K IOPS at ~1ms latency (80% write, 20% read).


Like every FAS controller, AFF supports all the same protocols and features as FAS hybrid arrays. This includes the ability to scale up and out to 8 nodes for FC, or 24 nodes for NAS. With multi-tenancy built in and quality of service to protect important workloads, All Flash FAS is more than capable of meeting the demands of enterprise IT-scaling up to 384TB all-flash capacity per high availability (HA) pair or up to 5PB all-flash capacity in a cluster.


Free Try Before You Buy

NetApp is currently offering a free All Flash FAS trial for qualified enterprises. It’s a risk-free way to put all-flash storage performance with enterprise-grade capabilities through its paces in your own environment. Contact your NetApp sales rep or reseller to find out more


Mike McNamara


Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is a senior manager of product and solution marketing at NetApp with over 25 years of storage and data management marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over 10 years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, EMC and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mike was a key leader driving the launch of the industry’s first unified scale-out storage system (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON ). In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent speaker at events.