BlogNetApp Again Makes the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays

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For the third year in a row, Gartner has put NetApp in the Magic Quadrant for solid-state arrays and positioned the company as a leader. According to Gartner, by 2021 solid-state arrays (SSAs) that use Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe) internally will represent more than 30 percent of revenue—up from less than 1 percent in 2017.

Last year, Gartner cited NetApp’s scaling and data assurance as key strengths, awarding high marks for addressing “next-generation distributed applications and targeting the cloud service provider and enterprise private cloud market segments.” In this year’s report, Gartner notes that, “in May 2018, NetApp was first to market with an end-to-end NVMe-based solid-state array, the AFF A800, a system that connects to internal SSDs via high-performance NVMe.”

Other strengths that Gartner notes…

  • NetApp Data Fabric strategy resonates well with forward-looking enterprises that are aiming to use a single platform to manage data across multiple infrastructures — cloud, data center, or edge.
  • Customers can add the new AFF A800 NVMe storage system as a part of an existing NetApp cluster, thus reducing the risk of forklift upgrades and the downtime associated with migration.
  • The Active IQ tool, NetApp’s cloud-based predictive analytics engine, supports all NetApp product lines, thus simplifying the post-sales support experience.

It’s always nice to be recognized by organizations like Gartner. CONGRATULATIONS, NetApp!

When selecting storage arrays, be sure to ask your vendor these 10 questions:

  1. Should we consider an emerging SSA vendor?
  2. Is this SSA vendor viable?
  3. What is the product roadmap and vendor direction?
  4. What impacts do compression and deduplication have on native system performance? Does the SSA provide user-selectable compression and deduplication? Are data reduction capabilities delivered inline or post-process?
  5. How can your SSA architecture ensure performance guarantees for multiple and mixed workloads over the install life of the SSA?
  6. Is there a single point of failure (SPOF) in the SSA, and what are the availability guarantees?
  7. How long does it take to install and train personnel, and how easy is it to use and manage the SSA?
  8. What is the raw, usable and effective pricing per GB?
  9. What is the support and maintenance cost compared to the total SSA cost?
  10. Can the support and maintenance contract be fixed or extended without very high expansion or renewal costs?

For more detail on these questions and how best to select an SSA provider, visit this blog.  You can also check out the ASG iLab, which is a customer sandbox for benchmarking, proof of concept testing, and hands-on experiential learning.

Congratulations again to NetApp!

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Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist

Throughout his twenty-five year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist at ASG, Dustin uses his advanced understanding of cloud compute models to help customers develop and align their cloud strategies with their business objectives. His master-level engineering knowledge spans storage, systems, and networking.