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Data protection, application performance with NetApp

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NetApp has further enhanced the company’s Data Fabric, already an integral part of over 300 000 systems and software deployments, with new software releases including for NetApp SolidFire Element OS, StorageGRID Webscale, ONTAP, and OnCommand Insight software.
As key elements to the NetApp Data Fabric, these solutions deliver consistent and integrated hybrid cloud data services to help customers accelerate and protect data, reduce costs, and easily build next-generation data centre architectures.
“Proliferating application deployment models and data formats across hybrid IT results in organizational data being distributed across on-premises and cloud environments,” says Laura DuBois, IDC group vice president: enterprise storage, server and infrastructure software. “This creates challenges for IT staff that range from data access and visibility, to protection and application integration, to security and compliance, to labour-intensive processes for data placement.
“The NetApp Data Fabric offers a range of hybrid cloud data services to address these challenges and allow organizations to efficiently manage and derive value from the totality of their data.”
Companies understand the need to become data-centric organizations to drive business value and to enable new customer touchpoints through technology. As a result, IT leaders are under tremendous pressure to transform, but they are required to accomplish this transformation with limited time, skills, and budget. The NetApp Data Fabric offers a holistic approach that is secure, efficient, and future-proof and that provides freedom of choice.
“As customers adopt cloud capabilities as part of their digital transformation, the need for managing data across traditional IT and multiple cloud solutions becomes critical,” says Brett Roscoe, vice-president: product, solutions and services marketing at NetApp. “The dramatic increase in data centric workloads in the cloud is why the NetApp Data Fabric has become an important enabler of business transformation to create new customer touchpoints, new business opportunities, and greater efficiencies.”
NetApp SolidFire Element OS 10 and StorageGRID Webscale 11 simplify the creation of a next-generation data centre cloud architecture, extending the Data Fabric to unleash the full potential of data across all NetApp environments.
NetApp SolidFire:
* Provides Data Fabric integration across operating systems. New NetApp SnapMirror integration supports data movement from Element OS systems to ONTAP systems across the Data Fabric. Remote data is available for disaster protection and recovery and for other use cases, such as development, analytics, or centralized archiving.
* Helps customers align business goals to IT service levels. With SolidFire Element OS, companies can consume agile, software-defined storage in a way that best aligns with their business goals. Whether it’s with SolidFire all-flash arrays, FlexPod SF, or NetApp HCI, Element OS enables customers to transform operations through on-demand scaling, API-driven automation, and guaranteed performance. New user-defined quality-of-service (QoS) policies further simplify management of guaranteed performance in rapidly evolving private clouds.
NetApp HCI:
* Offers high performance, scale, and cost savings. The world’s first enterprise-scale hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) solution will be generally available in October 2017. Built on SolidFire innovation, NetApp HCI gives enterprises, midsize businesses, and service providers the confidence to easily consolidate all workloads and to scale in ways that won’t strand resources. They can also deliver the performance that next-generation data center applications require.
StorageGRID Webscale 11:
* Empowers users. Tight integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) enables easy implementation of hybrid cloud data pipelines with AWS. Customers can instantly mirror on-premises data with Amazon S3 by using StorageGRID Webscale CloudMirror technology.
* Increases efficiency. Companies can leverage serverless computing through notifications for data services such as Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Rekognition, and Elasticsearch–even with on-premises storage.
NetApp ONTAP 9.3 software helps companies modernize storage through data management with faster, simpler, and more secure software across the Data Fabric.
NetApp ONTAP 9.3 software:
* Enhances performance. Performance assurance is easier with Adaptive QoS, which simplifies setup with streamlined application of QoS policies and automatically adapts QoS levels to changes in the workload. With software optimisations and path parallelization to deliver more IOPS and lower latency, ONTAP 9.3 offers 40% increased performance over earlier versions. This builds on a recent, world-record performance benchmark in which ONTAP 9 achieved top performance for SPEC SFS 2014_swbuild.
* Creates efficiencies and saves money. By optimizing deduplication, ONTAP 9.3 can help companies increase capacity savings by 30%. This improved ONTAP efficiency has been incorporated into the NetApp All-Flash Capacity Guarantee, which provides assurance that customers will achieve workload-specific capacity savings or NetApp will make up the difference.
* Enhances security and compliance. ONTAP 9.3 offers stronger security and new compliance capabilities with external key management for NetApp Volume Encryption and multifactor authentication. Users can also apply compliance policies for legal holds and event-based retention.
OnCommand Insight with new cloud cost monitoring provides a complete picture of an organization’s IT infrastructure, regardless of where it resides, on the premises or in the cloud. This comprehensive view helps companies harness the power of the hybrid cloud by using Data Fabric.
With OnCommand Insight cloud cost-monitoring capabilities, companies can:
* Monitor. Gain visibility of their cloud spending across departments, lines of business, and applications.
* Control. Control, improve, and enforce cloud spending behavior across the organization.
* Optimize. Lower costs by leveraging the most efficient vendor pricing structure