NetApp expands all-flash storage line

NEW DELHI: Storage solutions provider NetApp has expanded its all-flash storage array line with new models tailored for enterprise buyers and customers can acquire the new systems at prices starting at US$25,000.

The All-flash storage helps in speeding application performance and improving server efficiency. The all-flash choices available from other vendors, however, lack core enterprise capabilities such as application integration, built-in data protection, and integration with the cloud, a release said.

The AFF8000 series delivers the benefits that make all-flash systems ready for broad enterprise deployment. Customers also achieve better ROI for the long term as a result of NetApp’s ability to seamlessly move data from flash to disk to cloud as it ages.

“As more enterprises deploy and become comfortable with flash, the need for scalable, flash-optimized platforms with a rich set of mature data services will become a key purchase criteria in enterprise storage,” said Eric Burgener, research director of Storage, IDC. “Enterprises looking to reap the TCO benefits of flash deployment at scale for their primary workloads need to know these solutions can reliably handle dense mixed-workload consolidation. Vendors like NetApp, with a strong portfolio of highly flash-optimized platforms, give buyers the choices they need to meet those requirements.”

Four AFF8000 models are available now and can be ordered as standalone systems and in FlexPod converged infrastructure solutions. Professional Services, delivered by NetApp or its partners, help users identify those workloads that are best served by all-flash systems, the release added.

NetApp also announced new installation and extended support offers for the AFF8000 series. Risk-free options exist for customers to evaluate NetApp all-flash solutions, available through NetApp and its partners.

“The AFF8000 line is built to take high-performance flash storage into the mainstream,” said Lee Caswell, Vice President, Product and Solutions Marketing, NetApp. “We help customers achieve better long-term outcomes with a complete set of enterprise capabilities and the unique ability to support data movement from flash to disk to cloud as needs change.”

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