Percentage of IT Services Delivered in Hybrid Cloud Will Triple Within Three Years, Boosting Value of NetApp Seamless Data Management Across Flash, Disk, Cloud
SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 24, 2015) - According to an IDG Research Services survey commissioned by NetApp (
The new NetApp® All Flash FAS (AFF) 8000 series storage array is gaining traction with customers who are restructuring their data centers as part of their roadmap to embrace the cloud. The array has become one of the fastest growing products in NetApp's history. Today, the company announced new programs and a smaller-footprint AFF model to help enterprises and NetApp's ecosystem of partners effectively make the transition to a hybrid cloud future.
"While any flash-only array will boost application performance, too many organizations underestimate the costs associated with bringing in a new storage architecture to support that flash," said industry analyst Howard Marks, chief scientist at DeepStorage, LLC. "NetApp's all-flash AFF delivers the performance organizations are looking for while running the proven Data ONTAP® architecture. Enterprises avoid the training and application integration expenses that come along with forklift upgrades to immature technology."
An All-Flash Array That Future-proofs Customers and Partners for the Hybrid Cloud
All-flash storage changes the way companies do business by dramatically speeding application performance and improving server efficiency. The AFF8000 series delivers the enterprise-grade benefits that make all-flash systems ready for broad deployment, with world-class performance and the industry's best data management in a single solution.
The AFF series incorporates FlashEssentials software optimizations, which increase flash performance and efficiency. FlashEssentials is included in clustered Data ONTAP, the foundation for Data Fabric, NetApp's vision for the future of data management. AFF models can be ordered as standalone systems and in FlexPod® converged infrastructure validated designs. Professional services, delivered by NetApp or its partners, help users identify those workloads that are best served by all-flash systems.
"The cloud is creating a new wave of data center consolidation as customers plan for their transition to the hybrid cloud. They are thinking 'flash first' for performance and efficiency gains, but are wary of new architectures that create isolated data siloes," said Lee Caswell, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, NetApp. "NetApp's AFF series solves this challenge for our customers with the only system capable of seamless data management across flash, disk, and cloud resources. For our channel partners, the AFF offers an easy onramp to the cloud that maintains the enterprise-grade capabilities and investment protection their customers demand."
NetApp distribution partner Jim Kebert, vice president, NetApp Solutions, at Avnet, commented, "We are committed to driving flash adoption from early trials into mainstream adoption. We look forward to working with NetApp, and the ability to seamlessly integrate flash into FlexPod solutions. This helps our community of partners and the enterprise customers we serve simplify deployment with long-term investment protection across disk and cloud resources."
John Woodall, vice president, Engineering, Integrated Archive Systems, added, "NetApp AFF allows resellers to leverage flash training and services offerings for environments ranging from $25,000 standalone installations to the most complex enterprise environments. We leverage the depth of NetApp AFF application integration and the new integration with support for Cisco ACI with the latest AFF FlexPod Cisco Validated Design."
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