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by NetApp A-Team Technical Advisor Justin Parisi, NFS Technical Marketing Engineer at NetApp


Picture this…

You’re a storage administrator, and your boss has just told you to go out and find a suitable flash array for your production workloads. The problem is, everything you’ve heard about flash is that there isn’t a flash array that can do unified protocols (SAN and NAS) and deliver the top-line performance with built-in data protection at the lowest cost per GB out there.

That changes with NetApp’s All Flash FAS.


Customers and partners alike have been asking for an affordable, dependable and reliable high performance, enterprise-ready all-flash system – and NetApp listened.

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about flash replacing disk as a primary storage mechanism in a datacenter. Because of the price point, performance and other factors, flash storage has become coveted in IT organizations.

There are plenty of storage vendors out there, but only one has the proven track record in enterprise environments and the ability to offer unified protocol support, flash-to-disk-to-cloud, non-disruptive operations (NDO), and integrated data protection on a single storage system.

NetApp All Flash FAS
 is stepping up its game with a new, aggressive pricing model that allows enterprise IT departments to implement a scale-out all-flash storage system without needing to sell a kidney to do it.

Now, you can get:


  • Consistent high performance at a low latency
  • Ability to scale up to 4 million IOPS and 16PB of effective capacity
  • The enhanced features, non-disruptive operations, and flexibility of clustered Data ONTAP
  • The only all-flash array that supports combining hybrid and all-flash systems into a unified storage resource!

Best of all, it’s very competitive in the industry – as low as $5/GB!

This includes software license bundles, support, and a 3-year basic warranty. So, for competitive, if not superior pricing, you get world-class, enterprise-ready flash storage from the only vendor that can offer enterprise-ready flash storage!

Think that’ll make your boss happy?



Just think about how happy he/she will be when you tell them that you bought an all-flash system that can also incorporate spinning disk for all those workloads that don’t need to live on flash, such as archives, home directories and other things that aren’t so performance hungry.

Because, let’s be honest with ourselves – you don’t need flash for everything.

If anyone tells you otherwise, they’re being purely dishonest.

That same unified storage system that has the performance and efficiency benefits of flash, also has the ability to do non-disruptive moves of data to spinning disk when those performance needs are filled.

Have a seasonal workload that needs top line performance for a short period of time, but doesn’t do anything the rest of the year? Use your All Flash FAS nodes for the performance and then use volume move to migrate the data to spinning disk, freeing up valuable flash storage real estate for your needy workloads.

That gives you a storage system that is ideal for any and all workloads. Want to do VDI, Oracle databases, and SQL on flash and archives, home directories and other capacity-based workloads in the same namespace?

NetApp is the only vendor that offers that option.


What about 8.3.1? Does that get me anything?

Heck yes!


With the new inline data compression enhancements in clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.1, you get:


  • Support for all workload environments
  • Performance and efficiency optimization for All Flash FAS (AFF) systems (where compression is enabled by default) known as “FlashEssentials”
  • Adaptive compression
  • Improved read performance
  • Sub-file clone support on compressed volumes

In fact, in some workload scenarios, using inline compression in clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.1 with AFF brings better performance than not using inline compression in cDOT 8.3!

That’s right! You get faster results using compression than not using it. Faster performance and lower capacity? Yes, please!

For more information on 8.3.1 features, check out my post on specific enhancements in clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.1 (coming soon!).


Is it cloud ready?

You’re in luck – clustered Data ONTAP is ideal for the cloud.

Got a private cloud? Cool. Use your volume moves to non-disruptively move data between flash and non-flash storage.

Want to move data to a public cloud like AWS? Awesome. NetApp allows you to replicate and manage your data in the cloud via Cloud ONTAP and NetApp Private Storage.

Want to tie it all together and leverage a hybrid cloud without any constraints across your choice of resources? Then check out the NetApp Data Fabric.

NetApp’s All Flash FAS solution is the only all-flash product that provides full flash-to-disk-to-cloud data management within the NetApp Data Fabric.

Still not sure?

No problem. NetApp offers a “Try and Buy” program, where you can get an All Flash FAS system into your datacenter to test various workloads and see the performance gains and advantages with your own eyes!


For Dmitris Krekoukias’s excellent take on AFF, see NetApp Enterprise Grade Flash.


And if you want to read more of my stuff, head on over to Why Is the Internet Broken?


Sam Moulton

Sam has held a variety of roles in the technology industry spanning sales support, product management, media and analyst relations, and marketing communications. Throughout her career, one thing has always been paramount: the relationships she develops with clients, stakeholders, and peers. So it’s no surprise that championing the NetApp A-Team suits her well, and she considers it a privilege to be working with such a smart, dedicated group of influencers.

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