by NetApp A-Team Member Dave Brown, Senior IT Consultant at EACS Limited
All-flash storage changes the way companies do business by dramatically speeding application performance and improving server efficiency. Unfortunately, the exisitng all-flash options lack core enterprise capabilities such as application integration, built-in data protection, and integration with the cloud. Not to mention there isn’t a flash array out there that can handle unified protocols (SAN and NAS) and deliver top-line performance at an affordable price. Until today, that is. Enter the NetApp AFF8000 Series, a total game changer…
Seriously, what’s the big deal about flash?
Flash storage is any type of data repository or storage system that uses flash memory. Flash memory is ubiquitous in small computing devices and becoming more common for larger applications. All-flash storage changes the way companies do business by dramatically speeding application performance and improving server efficiency.
When flash first emerged it was a “good” storage silo that offered storage administrators the chance to play around with it, see how it performed with their data sets. However, it became just another silo they had to manage, and the general direction companies were taking was to reduce the number of data silos, not increase them. Furthermore, flash storage is notoriously expensive, so storage administrators were reluctant to replace spinning disks with flash for primary storage systems.
The hard truth is that the existing all-flash choices available today lack core enterprise capabilities such as application integration, built-in data protection, and integration with the cloud. Furthermore there isn’t a flash array out there that can do unified protocols (SAN and NAS) and deliver top-line performance at a cost per GB that’s low enough to warrant serious consideration.
The AFF8000 Series, and how NetApp changed the game in a pure flash of genius…
Everything that’s been holding back the mainstream adoption of all-flash storage has been eliminated in one fell stroke with today’s announcement of NetApp’s All Flash FAS (AFF) 8000 Series. NetApp says the AFF8000 series will deliver the most complete all-flash offering for the enterprise today, an exciting prospect. With the ability to offer unified protocol support on a single storage system, built-in data protection, scale-out performance, and seamless data movement from flash to disk to cloud, this all-flash array is definitely the best solution available for broad enterprise deployment today.
Furthermore, with a new aggressive pricing model, enterprise IT departments are now able to implement a scale-out all-flash storage system at a reasonable price point; this includes software license bundles, support, and a three-year basic warranty. So, for the lowest price out there, you get world-class, enterprise-ready flash storage from the only vendor that can offer enterprise-ready flash storage!
AFF8000 Series Features
Available in four models as standalone systems and in FlexPod; all four models feature:
- Multiprotocol support
- Built-in data protection
- Scale-out performance
- Quality of service
Want to go to the cloud? Great, seamlessly move data from flash to disk to cloud as it ages. You’ll also achieve better ROI for the long term as a result.
Yes there are plenty of storage vendors out there offering flash, but only NetApp has the proven track record in enterprise environments and the ability to offer unified protocol support on a single storage system. And only NetApp offers best-in-class application integration for simplified configuration and management of SQL and Oracle databases, virtualized servers, and VDI workloads. In addition, Data ONTAP 8.3.1 offers new inline data compression enhancements including support for all workload environments, which, in some circumstances, brings better performance and lower capacity. Who can argue with that?
Let’s be honest with ourselves, you don’t need flash for everything, but what NetApp offers is the ability to mix flash and spinning disk arrays into the same namespace, thus allowing you to seamlessly move data between flash and spinning disks. No other storage vendor offers this functionality.
NetApp also offers risk-free no-cost options for customers to evaluate their all-flash solutions, making it easy to test the various workloads in your environment and see the performance gains first-hand. Win-win, hands down.
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