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New NetApp Software and Flash Systems Simplify Data Management, Boost Performance in the Hybrid Cloud

Company expands ONTAP 9 software to new workloads, adds support for Microsoft Azure public cloud; releases new flash and hybrid- storage arrays

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) has announced new ONTAP software, flash systems and expanded public cloud support that provide the modern foundation to help customers maximise the value of their data in the hybrid cloud.

“Hospitals produce a lot of data, from radiology images to patient records, and also email. We currently generate up to 6 petabytes of data that grows by more than 50% year-over-year,” said Reinoud Reynders, IT manager, Infrastructure and Operations at The University Hospitals in Leuven, Belgium.

The new offerings are key to helping customers transform their IT. Successful IT transformations integrate data siloes, automate processes to speed results and remove barriers to scale that limit growth. Today’s announcement includes:

  • An update to NetApp ONTAP 9 software, making the company’s rich data services offering even better with built in encryption for improved data security, support for massively scalable high-performance NAS containers and simplified provisioning for enterprise applications.
  • Six new flash-optimised storage arrays, including the industry’s fastest unified all-flash systems and highly scalable hybrid flash arrays, with industry-leading connectivity and simpler set-up and serviceability.
  • Expanded choice with ONTAP Cloud now supporting Microsoft Azure public cloud, complementing existing support for AWS public cloud.
  • In addition, NetApp has taken the lead in optimising the data centre for flash with its support of industry-leading connectivity options.

“IDC believes that the future of IT is hybrid cloud, and we see enterprise storage companies like NetApp making strategic shifts to focus on flash storage, virtualisation, high-performance hybrid cloud, and other cloud-related technologies that enable the portability of data and applications,” said IDC Storage Research Director Eric Burgener. “Vendors like NetApp are paving the way for customers who are rapidly transitioning to flash-optimised, software-defined storage architectures with rich and proven data services that monetise big-data analytics by delivering meaningful insight for making critical, fact-based decisions for their businesses.”

Maximising the Value of Data Across Flash, Disk and Cloud Deployments

New features in ONTAP 9 include:

  • NetApp FlexGroup is a massively scalable, high performance NAS container ideal for the latest generation of applications in EDA, High-Tech, Oil & Gas and Media & Entertainment industries. FlexGroup allows customers to scale a single container to 20PB and 400 billion files.
  • NetApp Volume Encryption offers a granular, volume-level, software-based, encryption for data on any type of drives across AFF, FAS or ONTAP Select systems, without requiring special, additional self-encrypting disks.
  • ONTAP Cloud support for Microsoft Azure. ONTAP Cloud is software-defined storage running in Azure that enables customers to use advanced ONTAP data services to efficiently share, move, protect and manage their cloud data. Customers can now gain greater infrastructure flexibility by integrating Azure cloud services into their enterprise data fabric.
  • ONTAP Select now supports all-flash commodity servers.

NetApp also refreshed its industry-leading portfolio of ONTAP-powered all-flash and hybrid arrays, to provide customers with unrivaled scale, speed, and data services as they transform their IT. New features and capabilities introduced today include:

  • The AFF A700 all-flash system, designed for high performance and configuration flexibility, and the AFF A300 all-flash system, optimised for midrange all-flash configurations. These new systems offer up to twice the performance of prior NetApp systems at half the latency, with easy set-up in under 10 minutes, greater serviceability and expanded support for multi-stream-write (MSW) and 15TB SSDs.
  • New hybrid flash systems including the FAS8200 for enterprise workloads and the FAS2650 and FAS2620, optimised for small-enterprises and mid-size businesses. The new FAS systems offer dramatically increased speed and responsiveness with up to 200% higher performance of prior NetApp systems and integrated NVMe Flash Cache.
  • The new FAS9000 for business critical workloads, which gives customers the ability to easily scale-up to 14PB in a system and scale out to 172PB in a cluster, providing them with the right size solution for their needs today and growth options for the future.
  • Industry’s first support of leading connectivity with 32Gb Fibre Channel and 40Gb Ethernet, in addition to the 12Gb SAS-3 storage connection, optimising the infrastructure for flash.
  • Intelligent modular design for AFF A700 and FAS9000 to enhance reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS), and simplifies future upgrades.

“Simplification is a key enabler for today’s digital transformation,” said Joel Reich, executive vice president, Products and Operations from NetApp. “NetApp’s new ONTAP software and flash systems give customers a way to bridge existing and emerging IT architectures as they build and evolve their hybrid cloud.”

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“NetApp is leading the way with the industry’s first Gen 6 32Gb-enabled storage array, making it possible for customers to deploy an end-to-end 32Gb Fibre Channel (32GFC) solution consisting of HBAs, switches and NetApp storage arrays. Today’s announcement is another proof-point that modern datacentres deploying all-flash arrays require a faster end-to-end Fibre Channel network. We are pleased that NetApp has chosen Emulex 32GFC HBAs by Broadcom for their high-performance, all-flash arrays,” said Jeff Hoogenboom, general manager, Emulex Connectivity Division, Broadcom Limited.

“Flash technology is accelerating the pace of innovation in storage,” said Jack Rondoni, vice president of storage networking, Brocade. “NetApp’s introduction of 32Gb Gen 6 Fibre Channel flash systems creates a new industry benchmark for storage performance. NetApp’s flash-optimised storage arrays and ONTAP software, along with Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions, enable application infrastructure with unprecedented performance and availability for next-generation datacentres.”

“Customers need help transforming their IT organisations in the digital era and data is critical to a successful transformation,” said Troy Brick- Margelofsky, solution architect team lead, at CDW. “Together, with NetApp, we are helping our customers realise the full value of their data to improve their customer satisfaction, speed time to market and drive business innovation.”

“Applications need the right storage to process large amounts of data efficiently,” said Jim Elliott, vice president of Marketing, Samsung. “Samsung’s comprehensive SSD portfolio with 3D V-NAND as the key technology building block for SSDs and storage combined with NetApp Flash technology helps customers meet critical speed requirements with confidence, eradicating performance and efficiency bottlenecks.”

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