NetApp announces new solutions and services for hybrid cloud

Evolves its Data Fabric strategy with more software options to enhance delivery of data across cloud and on-premises environments

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NetApp announces new solutions and services for hybrid cloud The NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) arrays get a boost from New NetApp ONTAP software.
By  David Ndichu Published  June 7, 2017

NetApp has introduced new hybrid cloud offerings, expanding the company’s Data Fabric solutions and services portfolio to include an enterprise-scale hyper converged solution (HCI), new consumption purchase models, improved all-flash capabilities, and hybrid cloud offerings that simplify moving data to and from the public cloud.

With digital transformation at the top of their agendas, global business leaders need new ways to harness their most valuable asset — their data. Time, skill, and budget gaps pose traditional challenges, but organisations must also contend with exploding volumes of data that are much more distributed, dynamic, and diverse.

NetApp’s hybrid cloud innovations help customers unify data across a wide range of cloud and on-premises environments.

Simon Robinson, research vice president at 451 Research says that organisations that understand how to derive the full value from their data should see their digital transformations drive greater competitive advantage in a shortest amount of time. “To succeed, customers need to change their mindsets on data management, to liberate themselves from data siloes and seek approaches that unite data no matter where it resides. NetApp’s expanded portfolio, with its new HCI, hybrid cloud, and consumption model solutions, provides the means to maximize the impact of data, no matter where it lives, and create new value across the organisation,” he adds.

George Kurian, NetApp chief executive officer, says the organisations that are defining the future recognise that unleashing the full potential of their data is essential for effective digital transformation and long-term competitive advantage. “Today’s announcements of enterprise-scale HCI and new hybrid cloud software and services extend our Data Fabric architecture and leadership in providing hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across clouds and on-premises environments,” Kurian adds.

Key highlights from the announcement

Built on SolidFire innovation, NetApp HCI gives enterprises, mid-sized businesses, and service providers the ability to consolidate all workloads, scale in ways that won’t strand resources, and deliver the performance required by next-generation applications. NetApp HCI allows organisations the ability to utilise the full power of their infrastructure with the ability to simplify management and independently scale compute and storage resources. NetApp HCI features integrations with partner solutions including those from Commvault, Intel, MongoDB Enterprise, Veeam, and VMware.

New features have been added to NetApp ONTAP Select, SDS software which delivers the value of NetApp’s data management platform on commodity servers. A new remote office/branch office solution addresses the space and cost constraints of remote offices and ruggedized deployments with a 2-node, high availability configuration and broader support for VMware vSphere licenses. Additionally, customers can deploy enterprise NAS services in more diverse storage environments, including VMware vSAN, with external storage arrays, and when deploying the new NetApp HCI offering. ONTAP Select is also available on IBM Bluemix infrastructure as a service for an in-cloud offering. Customers can try ONTAP Select via a 90-day evaluation.

NetApp OnDemand consumption model simplifies purchase and management of data storage capacity. It marries NetApp on-premises infrastructure with the flexibility of a usage-based consumption model and the economic agility benefits of public cloud, with customers paying monthly for capacity consumed. The infrastructure is NetApp owned, customer managed, providing organisations with control and governance of their data management environment. When bundled with NetApp managed services, NetApp or NetApp partners can provide a complete data management as a service experience.

OnCommand Insight (OCI) adds new functions to ease hybrid cloud migration. OCI software provides hybrid IT infrastructure monitoring and analytics across the Data Fabric. It offers a single means for organisations that are embracing the cloud to manage and improve their multi-vendor hybrid infrastructure. OCI enables faster troubleshooting as well as optimisation of resource usage, cost awareness, and capacity and performance forecasting. Customers can plan for migrations to the cloud by understanding the resources that applications are consuming on-premises, and can then monitor performance and capacity data of those applications once they are living in the cloud.

New NetApp ONTAP software boosts all-flash performance, efficiency, cloud data movement to modernise operations. This data management software now brings new levels of performance, efficiency, and cloud capabilities to NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) arrays. The availability of the FabricPool feature, demonstrated at Insight 2016, delivers automatic and transparent tiering of inactive data to the cloud, further optimising on-premises flash and reducing overall storage costs by up to 40%. Expanded inline deduplication across multiple pools of storage increases storage efficiency by as much as 30%, building on NetApp’s data reduction technologies. New performance controls, including Quality of Service minimum and intelligent data placement, provide consistent performance for business-critical applications.

With NextCredit, NetApp introduces a flexible future credit program. Customers who purchase eligible AFF A Series models and associated support contracts, upon exercising the renewal terms, will receive a flexible, fixed dollar credit toward future purchase of NetApp products. These credits let customers upgrade or build out their Data Fabric with new technologies and capabilities, including cloud and SaaS-based solutions, as they become available. It can be used in multiple ways, from AFF controller upgrades, to new nodes in a Data Fabric cluster, to licenses for ONTAP Cloud so customers can easily connect with public cloud resources.

NetApp HCI is an enterprise-scale hyper converged infrastructure solution to provide compute, storage and networking in agile, scalable, easy to manage 4-node building blocks. It is designed on the foundation of SolidFire all-flash storage to deliver enhanced performance, automation, and mature integrated efficiency, replication, data protection, and high availability services.

NetApp HCI is planned to be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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