NetApp was first to market in May with an end-to-end NVMe-based SSA, the AFF A800, a system that connects internal SSDs via high-performance NVMe. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based vendor continues to invest in its flash portfolio that includes AFF, SolidFire and the EF-Series. Each product is based on a different architecture with each product using different GUIs. NetApp ONTAP provides the deepest integration with top public cloud providers among all SSA vendors. The company offers workload-specific data reduction guarantee programs as well as free controller upgrades at the beginning of the fourth year. NetApp ranks No.2 for both execution and vision on the Magic Quadrant.
Strengths: NetApp's Data Fabric resonates well with forward-looking enterprises that want a single platform to manage data across multiple infrastructures in the cloud, data centers or at the edge. All SSA product enhancements are aligned to its Data Fabric strategy.
Weaknesses: The company's predictive health monitoring data analytics service lacks visibility beyond storage, which limits proactive capabilities. NetApp's EF-Series lacks key features such as data reduction technologies.