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NetApp enables hybrid cloud at GITEX

Spotlights the latest range of cloud and next-generation data centre solutions

NetApp enables hybrid cloud at GITEX
Fadi Kafanani of NetApp: 2017's cloud services market in MENA will grow at double-digits YoY.

NetApp is spotlighting the latest range of cloud and next-generation data centre solutions at GITEX Technology Week 2017.

The storage solutions vendor is showcasing its broad portfolio of solutions like cloud, hyper converged infrastructure, flash, software-defined storage, and Data Analytics. NetApp is co-exhibiting with partners like Bosch, Splunk, NEC and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Fadi Kanafani, regional director Middle East & Africa at NetApp, further explained the opportunity: "Our clear expectation is that this year's cloud services market in the Middle East and North Africa will grow at double-digits as compared to 2016. This is in line with industry and analyst consensus for the MENA region. Drivers for this growth include the constant shift to the cloud to bring in more agility to the IT infrastructure; efforts to remain competitive and focused on business growth; but also data sovereignty laws in the UAE, which stipulate where the data can be stored and that it is required to remain within the country."

"We are looking to address these issues in their entirety by positioning our portfolio of latest Data Fabric solutions that enable users unify data across the widest range of cloud and on-premises environments," Kafanani added.

Products and services at the exhibition include NetApp HCI, an enterprise-scale hyper converged infrastructure solution. Built on SolidFire innovation, NetApp HCI gives enterprises, mid-sized businesses, and service providers the confidence to easily consolidate all workloads, scale in ways that won't strand resources, and deliver the performance required by next-generation applications.

The company is also highlighting the new FlexPod SF solution, which can support enterprise and emerging architectures with precise storage capacity and performance tailored to the needs of individual tenants in multitenant environments. NetApp will also be showcasing the EF570 all-flash system, which is a 4th generation all-flash array that has been specifically designed for performance-intensive workloads. Lastly, the NetApp E5700 series hybrid-flash system is being shown, which supports 100Gb NVMe over InfiniBand and helps accelerate performance while also increasing density with a hybrid-flash system that is perfectly suited for modern enterprise applications.

Visitors of the NetApp GITEX booth get the chance to take a 4D rollercoaster ride. They put on 3D glasses, and take a seat in the hydraulic chair, further augmenting the 3D experience. Every participant will receive a video of his/her ride that can be shared via social media.

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