After all of these workloads and the many weeks of testing in our lab, one thing is patently clear; the migration to all-flash systems has been transformational for NetApp. Some of the improvement is the uplift flash offers, but a lot of it is thanks to ONTAP improvements. Wherever the credit lies, the end product is absolutely fantastic. The midmarket segment for storage is amazingly competitive; there are a smattering of startups, software-defined options and the rest of the usual suspects. If you're looking to spend under six figures on storage, you could be forgiven for not looking at NetApp past a casual glance in this segment. That would however, be a tragic mistake, as the A200 simply crushes. Delivering phenomenal performance under a millisecond is one thing, but here's the important part, NetApp is doing it with data reduction services turned on to get to that 4:1 capacity guarantee. This is not trivial; many other arrays either fall very flat with data reduction on, or simply don't offer it. Our entry-level A200 with the lowest capacity drives offered up 15.5TB across two 7.75TB pools, meaning we'd have a top end capacity of 62TB if we hit that 4:1 target and over a petabyte with the 15TB drives NetApp offers; pretty impressive reach for a 2U midmarket box. Performance, combined with deep and mature set of data services make the A200 an easy choice as only our second Editor's Choice winner of 2017.
NetApp AFF A200 Review