NetApp FlexArray Storage Virtualization
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Leverage the strongest data management capabilities with NetApp FlexArray storage virtualization. Add support for NAS workloads, gain ONTAP integrated data protection and security, accelerate dev/test with instant data cloning, and deliver continuous data availability for critical applications. Simplify your IT operations and deliver more value from existing investments with the only unified storage virtualization solution. NetApp FlexArray virtualization software enables FAS8000 systems to virtualize existing EMC, HP, Hitachi, and NetApp E—Series arrays. This creates a single storage management architecture that overcomes the limitations of existing arrays, expands the capabilities of your IT infrastructure, and delivers the benefits of Software—Defined Storage. FlexArray software helps meet your changing business requirements through increased uptime with non disruptive operations and continuous data availability, superior cost control with proven efficiency technologies, and improved performance with flash acceleration — all with the advantages of the NetApp Data ONTAP operating system.

NetApp FlexArray connects your existing storage arrays to FAS8000 controllers by using a Fibre Channel SAN. Array LUNs are provisioned to the FAS8000 and collected into a storage pool from which NetApp volumes are created and shared out to SAN hosts and NAS clients. Foreign LUN Import simplifies the process of transitioning existing data to the NetApp FlexArray environment. The new volumes, managed by the FAS8000, benefit from the full suite of NetApp capabilities, such as Integrated Data Protection and storage efficiency. You can provision the entire array to the FAS8000 or allow some hosts to continue to access the array directly. FlexArray gives you the flexibility to add new capacity either to existing arrays or to NetApp FAS disk shelves (SSDs and HDDs). When you’re ready to retire older storage arrays, you can simply move data to disk shelves on the FAS8000 with no user or application disruptions. FAS8000 storage systems are engineered to deliver high performance and quickly adapt to evolving IT models.

NetApp FlexArray – Simplify IT Operations And Improve Productivity

NetApp FlexArray has the flexibility to serve both SAN and NAS protocols at the same time without any complex add—on components, making the FAS8000 the ideal storage virtualization platform. You can serve NAS workloads from your existing SAN array or support additional SAN protocols. When existing storage is virtualized by NetApp FlexArray, you create a single storage management architecture with an easy—to—learn set of tools for provisioning, performance management, and data protection that is tightly integrated with application providers such as Microsoft, VMware, Oracle, and others. NetApp backup, recovery, and replication options protect your data. NetApp MetroCluster software can deliver continuous data availability for your most critical applications. Full Software—Defined Storage capabilities can be used to automate all provisioning and data management tasks. REST APIs let you initiate tasks through your existing management tools or directly from applications.

NetApp FlexArray

Designed specifically for Flash, the AFF A series All Flash systems deliver industry—leading performance, capacity density, scalability, security, and network connectivity in dense form factors. With the addition of a new entry—level system, the new AFF A series family extends enterprise—grade Flash to midsize businesses and to fit any budget. At up to 7M IOPS per cluster with sub millisecond latency, they are the fastest All Flash arrays built on a true unified scale—out architecture. The AFF A series allows customers to complete twice the work at half the latency as compared with the previous generation of AFF systems.

As the industry’s first All Flash arrays to provide both 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) and 32Gb Fibre Channel connectivity, AFF A series systems eliminate the bandwidth bottlenecks that are increasingly moved to network from storage as Flash gets faster and faster. NetApp has been leading the All Flash storage innovations with the latest SSD technologies. As the first All Flash array to support 15TB SSDs, AFF systems, with the introduction of the A series, also become the first to use MSW SSDs, which further increase the usable capacity of SSDs significantly

Secure your intellectual property and confidential information, comply with industry and government regulations, and preserve your reputation by avoiding a publicized data security breach. Safeguard your data with enterprise—grade continuous data protection for NetApp—to—NetApp and heterogeneous deployments. Choose NetApp backup and recovery solutions to safeguard your critical data. Drive operational efficiencies by reducing backup time, improving data recovery, and cutting infrastructure, tape, and administrative costs.

Direct backups between NetApp systems minimize the need for external infrastructure and appliances. Increase your application availability with our industry—leading ability to failover to a Snapshot copy. NetApp FlexClone technology leverages Snapshot copies for development and testing. NetApp backups transfer only new or changed blocks — shrinking your backup windows, minimizing network traffic, and reducing disk capacity requirements by up to 90%.

NetApp Hybrid Flash Storage Arrays E—Series systems running SANtricity are built for dedicated, high—bandwidth applications like data analytics, video surveillance, and disk—based backup that need simple, fast, reliable SAN storage. Accelerate your data analytics by 50% or more to deliver business insights — and results — faster. Build your data lake on the most open, scalable platform in the industry. Maximize Hybrid Flash performance and price. Support high—IOPS or bandwidth—intensive applications with the same system.

Gain the performance efficiency you need. Run dedicated apps on NetApp Hybrid Flash Storage Arrays E—Series. Examine the compelling data-protection and reliability benefits of NetApp Hybrid Flash Storage Arrays E—Series. Achieve consistent high performance. Access your data more frequently. Scale with compute and storage decoupled. Run applications — like Couchbase and MongoDB — with up to 33% less infrastructure compared to commodity servers. Power video—surveillance, cyber—security, and HPC workloads to achieve optimum levels.

FlashEssentials is what’s boosting the performance and efficiency of AFF. It encapsulates flash innovations and optimization technologies based on the Flash — suited WAFL file system in ONTAP software, including coalesced writes to free blocks, maximizing performance and the longevity of flash media. A random read I/O processing path that is designed from the ground up for Flash. A highly parallelized processing architecture that promotes consistent low latency.

Enhanced built—in quality of service (QoS) that safeguards. SLAs in multi workload and multitenant environments. Inline data reduction technologies, including inline compression, inline deduplication, and inline data compaction, that reduce the SSD storage required and total spending on flash systems. NetApp ONTAP and OnCommand management software provide automated tools to further simplify management of storage operations.

With NetApp AFF, your investment is protected if your performance and capacity needs change or if your cloud strategy evolves in the future. NetApp AFF systems eliminate performance silos in your datacenter. They seamlessly cluster with hybrid FAS systems, enabling workloads to transparently move between high—performance tiers and low—cost capacity tiers. Seamlessly adapt as your needs change with the only All Flash array that allows you to intermix different controllers, SSD sizes, and next-generation technologies so your investment is protected.

AFF is data fabric ready, with proven cloud connectivity. FabricPool allows you to move data automatically between AFF and the cloud storage tiers to maximize performance and reduce overall storage cost. Optimize data management for enterprise workload environments with leading application integration into Oracle, Microsoft, VMware, SAP, OpenStack, and much more.