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Today NetApp announced ONTAP 9.6 along with the new midrange, end-to-end NVMe all flash AFF A320 storage system. So now with NetApp’s cloud-connected flash arrays, companies can easily build their own unique Data Fabric that spans public cloud, private cloud and on-premises environments. You won’t find a better data management platform and future-proof infrastructure from anyone else.

NetApp ONTAP 9.6 includes the following enhancements:

  • Expanded NVMe over Fibre Channel (NVMe/FC) ecosystem now includes VMware ESXi, Microsoft Windows, Red Hat and SUSE Linux. Now organizations can experience NVMe/FC performance for most workloads.
  • Organizations can lower the cost of primary storage by automatically tiering cold data to any major public cloud or to a NetApp StorageGRID® private cloud.
  • NetApp FlexCache® software now supports NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, allowing organizations to experience the benefits of FlexCache in hybrid cloud deployments.
  • Over-the-wire encryption for NetApp SnapMirror® technology and FlexCache increases security for data replication and remote caching.
  • NetApp MetroCluster™ IP support for entry-level NetApp AFF and FAS systems now makes business continuity a cost-effective option for organizations, taking advantage of existing customer IP networks between sites.

Last year NetApp introduced the AFF A800, the industry’s first end-to-end NVMe system backed by the industry’s most effective Efficiency Guarantee. NetApp was a pioneer of data deduplication for primary storage introduced in 2007 but it didn’t stop there. Now along with transparent inline data compression, ONTAP 9 has added a patented inline compaction technology that packs multiple small files into a physical block of storage. Compaction almost doubles the space savings that customers see on any compressible workload. And now with this announcement, NetApp has extended these benefits to the midrange market providing no degradation to the most stressful workloads when data reduction technologies are turned on.  You don’t have to trade off performance for space savings.  That’s not necessarily the case with other all-flash arrays.

Marketing claims of data reduction ratios (e.g. 5:1) are meant to get your attention but have little bearing on reality.  This is because the data in your consolidated storage environment can be so diverse.  Databases and text files are highly compressible but file data in home directories and shares are typically pre-compressed, so data reduction ratios are low. VMs, NAS file shares and VDI workloads can be deduplicated very effectively, and storage vendors know this so that’s why their data reduction ratios are more about marketing than a guarantee.  Ask most vendors to put their claim in writing and your negotiation will begin.

NetApp is different.  They guarantee in writing 3:1 for mixed workloads and 30:1 if you’re using snapshots. No fluff. No fine print.

With NetApp data management efficiencies, it is really difficult to not justify having all flash in the data center. Just with the energy savings alone it can be justified, not to mention being able to always have consistent low latency high I/O performance.

For more information about ASG and NetApp solutions, or to speak with one of our consultants, please contact us!

About the Author

Mark Teter

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

In his role, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of ASG’s emerging technology offerings and advancing the deployment of present-day hybrid cloud solutions for our customers. Mark has served as Faculty Staff Member at Colorado State University and has written over 50 white papers on subjects including Data Center Ethernet, Linux and Open Source, Storage Area Networks and Computer Virtualization. He published Paradigm Shift in 2006, a book on emerging technologies. He is a Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect.