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Reinvent Your Modern IT with the latest AFF NVMe All-Flash Storage

As you embark on your digital transformation journey, modernizing and simplifying IT to accelerate business-critical applications is the new imperative. NetApp has been at the forefront of helping you modernize your data center and has been recognized as a storage leader. Although this recognition is an outstanding achievement, NetApp is not resting on its laurels. Instead, we are raising the standard with the launch of the new NetApp® AFF A400 system.

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The new AFF A400 offers the power of secure data acceleration in a AFF storage system for the first time. The AFF A400 data acceleration capability offloads storage efficiency processing, thus delivering significantly higher performance. This capability enables you to capitalize on the exploding data growth from emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and big data. You can also harness the benefits of this data acceleration technology for enterprise apps and databases.

In addition to the new data acceleration technology, the AFF A400 system enables you to modernize SAN deployments with ultralow latency, end-to-end NVMe. The front-end NVMe/FC makes it possible to achieve the performance, scale, and operational efficiency goals of emerging workloads such as AI/ML, real-time analytics, and MongoDB. AFF A400 self-encrypting disk (SED) technology allows you to easily incorporate data-at-rest encryption in all your deployments with either the onboard key manager (OKM) or Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) servers. Finally, while enabling the latest end-to-end NVMe benefits, the AFF A400 also provides investment protections for AFF customers who want to continue to use existing SAS-attached SSD storage.

Today, we are also taking a giant leap forward in simplifying storage array management with the new NetApp ONTAP® System Manager. ONTAP System Manager is easy to use and insightful: With an intuitive GUI and smart defaults, it gives IT generalists an extremely simplified way to accomplish key storage tasks such as day-zero setup, storage provisioning by service levels, data protection, and performance awareness. Workflow optimizations such as the performance dashboard allow a quick and easy view of performance data for up to 1 year. And an intuitive global search, sort, and filtering capability at scale enables you to quickly find useful information.

In fact, we are simplifying storage across the board, starting with how the AFF A400 system is sold, configured, managed, and supported. The new ONTAP software offerings available with the AFF A400 are designed to allow you flexibility to acquire software based on your deployment requirements. We are also introducing new support offerings with flat pricing for the life of the system that also include a new digital advisor with predictive capabilities and a high-touch support tier, setting a new standard.

As part of a digital transformation to modernize mission-critical applications running on databases such as Oracle and SQL, customers are looking for a cost-effective, no-compromise resiliency solution that is future-proof and has an easy path to cloud. The new NetApp AFF All SAN Array has the rich data management capabilities of ONTAP, and continuous data availability through symmetric active-active host connectivity and the instantaneous failover capabilities of ONTAP 9.7 make it the premier choice for anyone looking for investment protection with future-proof products and services. The All SAN Array is a new AFF configuration tuned for mission-critical SAN applications, and it will bring resiliency capabilities traditionally found in high-end SAN arrays to the new midrange system.

After testing the new NetApp AFF A400 storage system, World Wide Technology Solutions Architect Chad Stuart summarized its capabilities perfectly: “The AFF A400 combines NetApp’s leadership in end-to-end NVMe storage performance with simple data management of the new ONTAP System Manager. This makes the A400 a top choice for our customers as they upgrade their IT infrastructure for their critical workloads running in a hybrid multicloud world.”

With the AFF A400 system, NetApp is introducing a storage array that lets you modernize your IT. It merges the latest data acceleration technology with the ultralow latency of end-to-end NVMe storage. You’ll continue to get the benefits of the industry-leading cloud integration and KeyStone consumption model to advance your journey into digital transformation. You can confidently start using AFF A400 systems for all applications and workloads without compromising on the reliability, availability, and rich data management capabilities that you’ve come to expect from NetApp technology. To learn more about NetApp AFF NVMe all-flash storage, visit the AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays page.

Source: https://blog.netapp.com/reinvent-your-modern-it-with-the-newest-aff-nvme-all-flash-storage/?linkId=100000008767891

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How to Lower Your Storage Costs by Tiering Hot & Cold Data

According to IDC’s Worldwide Global DataSphere Forecast, 2019–2023: Consumer Dependence on the Enterprise Wideningthe amount of data that will be stored in the core data center is forecasted to double between 2014 to 2023.

While organizations are planning capacity builds to accommodate this, let’s look at how to determine the right balance of core capacity and cloud capacity, as well as the measures taken when budgets are being reallocated or reprioritised.

IT Leaders need to continue to modernize their on-premises data centers to handle the growth of their on-prem data. In addition, that data needs to be quickly accessable to internal teams who need to use it to deliver value to the organization. However, a recent surveyconducted by IDC with 500 decision makers stated that 30% of those surveyed identified budget constraints on capital requirements as the main inhibitor of IT modernization.

Herein lies the proverbial conundrum of doing more with less. With data capacity requirements growing at the core, IT Leaders will need to make smarter decisions to ensure that their infrastructure is able to handle the growth in a tight budget environment.

Storage Efficiencies – your first move

Just like any other storage, storing data can be inefficient without on-going housekeeping. Through this process, organizations might realize that the amount of space they actually need is far less than what you have purchased.

As a first step, Storage Admins can switch to NetApp clusters running ONTAP® data management software to free up more than 30 times the required storage capacity. This is possible by leveraging the built-in storage efficiency technologies in ONTAP®, such as inline data deduplication, compression, compaction as well as by applying space saving snapshots.

Data Tiering makes data efficiencies more efficient

In addition to storage efficiencies, freeing up storage capacity can also be realized through data tiering. Data tiering is the tiering of inactive data, or cold data, to lower cost secondary object stores available in both private and public clouds. As a result, highly performant storage capacity on the all-flash array is freed up for additional low-latency use cases or applications accessing hot data.

The results of tiering data are significant. Online reportssuch as Evaluator Group’s simulation, shows one can achieve 30% TCO savings by using data tiering capabilities like FabricPool, the data tiering feature in ONTAP®, to tier 80% of inactive data to a public cloud over a five year period.

FabricPool, now provides even more options for hybrid cloud deployments, making and further makes data tiering simple to deploy and manage.

Data tiering in a hybrid cloud

With FabricPool, Storage Admins can have more choices across more cloud providers to determine the best costs. Leveraging partnerships with all the major cloud service providers, ONTAP 9.6 tiering is available in Google Cloud Storage and Alibaba Cloud Object Storage Service, as well as NetApp®StorageGrid®, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage and Amazon S3, which were previously available as cloud targets. Flexible options include tiering as a pay-as-you-go model through NetApp’s Cloud Tiering Service where one can simply extend an OPEX cost model to data tiering.

Simplicity in the modern data center

FabricPool identifies inactive data and provides an automated report that gives an immediate view of potential space savings across Tier 1 aggregates. Once policies are set for that inactive data, full automation kicks in for tiering to the cloud – freeing up precious time and resources.

In the ONTAP design, metadata associated with datasets are kept on Tier 1 storage so that data on secondary storage can be quickly accessed when requested by the application. This also allows Storage Admins to effectively scale tiering capacities to the cloud, leveraging up to 50 times the amount of secondary storage beyond the primary tier.

Your tiered data also remains safe and protected. No one wants to experience a disaster or blackout, and getting operations back online need not be a complex exercise. By mirroring ONTAP® volumes, new destination volumes can now be restored quickly – making the recovery process simple and quick.

FabricPool and the Data Fabric

The amount of data stored on-premises is growing and will continue to grow, so it’s very important to modernize and future-proof your data center with integration into a hybrid cloud world. With NetApp’s Data Fabric, consistent data services to support the unique demands of your business are provided across a choice of endpoints spanning on-premises and multiple cloud environments.

First introduced in 2017 as part of the ONTAP 9.2 release, FabricPool, together with the Data Fabric, have driven wide adoption of ONTAP as the leading storage resource management platform, as reported by IDC. Hybrid cloud is here to stay, and making use of data tiering to the cloud can help free up high-performant all-flash storage in a cost effective manner and lower your storage TCO in the process.

To find out more about how FabricPool can help you modernize your data center with data tiering, visit our website or the NetApp Document Center.