NetApp reveals benefits of new flash-optimized storage arrays

NetApp today revealed the benefits of the updated NetApp ONTAP software, flash systems and expanded public cloud support.

With today’s announcement NetApp is trying to assist enterprise customers to maximize the value of their data in the hybrid cloud.

The updated NetApp ONTAP 9 software ensures support for high-performance NAS containers and simplified provisioning for enterprise applications.

NetApp’s six new flash-optimized storage arrays include the industry’s fastest unified all-flash systems and scalable hybrid flash arrays.

NetApp ONTAP FlexGroup, a NAS container ideal for the latest generation of applications in the EDA, is targeted at high-tech, oil and gas, and media and entertainment industries. NetApp said FlexGroup allows customers to scale a single container up to 20PB and 400 billion files.

NetApp Volume Encryption offers 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 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 gain infrastructure flexibility by integrating Azure cloud services into their enterprise data fabric.

Features of ONTAP-powered all-flash and hybrid arrays

AFF A700 all-flash system and the AFF A300 all-flash system offer up to twice the performance of prior NetApp systems at half the latency. Users can set up the systems in less than 10 minutes. It comes with expanded support for multi-stream-write (MSW) and 15TB SSDs.

New hybrid flash systems including — FAS8200 for enterprise workloads and FAS2650 and FAS2620 — offer increased speed and responsiveness with up to 200 percent higher performance than that of earlier NetApp systems. It comes with integrated NVMe NetApp Flash Cache intelligent caching.

Customers will have the ability to easily scale-up to 14PB in a system and scale out to 172PB in a cluster with the new FAS9000 for business critical workloads.

Customer response

The University Hospitals in Leuven, Belgium currently generate up to 6 petabytes of data that grows by more than 50 percent.

“NetApp ONTAP software with the All Flash FAS systems gives us a flexible environment with the performance and capacity we need to manage our data at a low total cost of ownership. For us, that is very important,” said Reinoud Reynders, IT manager, Infrastructure and Operations at The University Hospitals in Leuven, Belgium.

Partner response

“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,” said Jeff Hoogenboom, general manager, Emulex Connectivity Division, Broadcom.

“NetApp’s 32Gb Gen 6 Fibre Channel flash systems creates a new industry benchmark for storage performance. NetApp’s flash-optimized storage arrays and ONTAP software, along with Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions, enable application infrastructure with unprecedented performance and availability for next-generation data centers,” said Jack Rondoni, vice president of storage networking, Brocade.

“Samsung’s 3D V-NAND-based SSD portfolio and solutions, combined with NetApp’s ONTAP 9 software and flash array technology, provide a compelling approach to meeting critical storage speed requirements, while eradicating storage performance and efficiency bottlenecks,” said Jim Elliott, corporate vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor.

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