NetApp launches new all-flash array, performance guarantee

New NetApp All Flash array delivers enhanced performance in a compact form factor with a guarantee to back it

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NetApp launches new all-flash array, performance guarantee The A700 features an NVMe fabric-ready clustered architecture, running NetApp's proprietory storage operating system, ONTAP.
By  David Ndichu Published  February 2, 2017

NetApp has updated its enterprise all-flash array offering with a new efficiency guarantee designed to enable customers meet the demands of the data-powered digital era.

The new NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) A700s array delivers enhanced performance in a compact form factor to targeted at organisations with demanding enterprise applications, analytic workloads and cloud integration. Customers can dramatically shrink data centre footprint and power and cooling costs due to the extreme flash density and inherent storage efficiencies, the company says.

NetApp also announced a new All-Flash Guarantee that ensures up to 5X storage savings, depending on workload, giving customers confidence they will achieve the capacity and efficiency that are promised.

“IT transformation is a hot topic for organizations of all sizes with a goal to put data at the heart of their businesses,” said Simon Robinson, research vice president at 451 Research. “NetApp’s new AFF solutions offer any customer, regardless of size, the ability to deliver data management capabilities for different environments. Now any company can leverage NetApp’s AFF solutions to help them adapt to the largest and most disruptive IT shift in history.”

The AFF A700s is part of the AFF all-flash A-Series, which includes the A200 entry-level system, A300 midrange system and A700 high-end system. The new model features an NVMe fabric-ready clustered architecture that runs the company’s storage operating system, NetApp ONTAP. It supports inclusion of 15TB SSDs and 32Gb Fibre Channel and 40Gb Ethernet connectivity options.

The new All-Flash Guarantee provides a workload-specific efficiency guarantee that scales up to a 5:1 data reduction ratio. Customers get the storage efficiency and capacity NetApp promises, or the company will cover the costs to make up the difference. The guarantee is available for the entire AFF family.

“Decision makers across the enterprise know that all-flash technology offers the speed and responsiveness needed to quickly extract value from data,” said Joel Reich, executive vice president, products and operations at NetApp. “NetApp’s new AFF all-flash arrays provide even stronger proof of how our innovation accelerates results and dramatically improves data centre economics. With NetApp enterprise storage, IT leaders can be confident in the performance of their applications, on-premises or in the cloud, and direct their energies to the strategic projects that improve customer satisfaction and drive growth.”

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