This blog is part 3 of a three-part series that explains how flash storage can simplify, accelerate, and future-proof your data center so you’re better prepared for increasing business demands. For a deeper dive, download the white paper “Make Your Infrastructure Data Ready with All-Flash Storage.”


It seems that change is the only constant in the IT world these days. As you look to modernize your current infrastructure, you naturally want to make choices that are as future-proof as possible. With NetApp® data management, you can:


  • Adapt dynamically to changing business demands
  • Grow with ease, eliminating the stresses of data migration
  • Protect the investments you make today

Adapt to Changing Business Demands

The old approach to IT infrastructure with disparate systems, siloed solutions, and HDDs for primary storage simply doesn’t cut it anymore. Data centers that operate like this have frustrated IT teams and user communities.


When you can’t respond quickly enough to infrastructure requests from business managers and developers, they respond by circumventing IT and going to the cloud, resulting in “shadow IT.” Well-meaning people develop and deploy new applications in the cloud without paying enough attention to security, data protection, and regulatory requirements.


Modernizing your data center infrastructure is the only way to avoid these pitfalls. By simplifying and standardizing your infrastructure, you can operate your data center in a cloudlike fashion and better satisfy user demands, eliminating the need for shadow IT.


Most enterprises are taking a hybrid cloud approach, combining on-premises private cloud infrastructure with cloud services as needed. By offering your users highly available, high-performance flash storage and the latest server infrastructure, you meet the performance and availability requirements of your most critical and most sensitive applications from your data centers.


For example, Shanghai FESCO Cloud (SFSC Cloud) leverages a hybrid cloud based on NetApp Private Storage (NPS) and All Flash FAS. With this infrastructure, the team there has cut deployment time for new services in half and reduced capital expenditures by nearly 40%.


As Gartner’s top-rated platform for private and hybrid clouds1, NetApp flash storage gives you a head start on your modernization efforts. You can manage applications where they run best by freely moving data between flash, disk, and cloud.

Transition with Ease

When IT limitations are stifling your company’s growth and leaving both internal and external customers unsatisfied, it’s time to modernize. NetApp helps you make the transformation to a modern data center architecture with confidence. We address your migration concerns with proven approaches that enable you to upgrade to the latest technology seamlessly, so that you can painlessly and confidently migrate from your existing SAN. As data is migrated, you can roll out application-integrated data protection services that increase the level of protection for critical data.


When your data is stored on NetApp, the NetApp Data Fabric provides uniformity across your data center and cloud resources. You can count on consistent data formats, fast and efficient data transport to move data where it’s needed, and uniform management.


Protect Your IT Investment with NetApp

Choosing a storage solution that helps you adapt to changing needs and transform and grow easily is important. You can’t bet your business on unproven technology from a vendor that might not be around in three years when it’s time to update.


NetApp is a leading storage vendor for enterprise IT and a flash leader:

  • Named a Leader in the 2016 Gartner Solid State Array Magic Quadrant2.
  • The fastest-growing all-flash provider, expanding twice as quickly year over year as the overall all-flash market3.
  • The industry’s fastest growing SAN vendor,with more than 1 million SAN systems installed.
  • The only storage provider that can deliver end-to-end visibility across a hybrid cloud, thanks to software innovation and the industry-leading NetApp OnCommand® Insight
  • First with support for 15TB SSDs, 32Gb Fibre Channel, and unified all-flash SAN/NAS.
  • Proven NVMe leader, with more than 3.1PB of NVMe capacity shipped. NetApp storage is fully NVMe-ready: no forklifts, no retraining, no downtime.

Whether you need to simplify your infrastructure, accelerate your applications, future proof your data center, or all three, NetApp flash storage provides the solution. To learn more, download the white paper “Make Your Infrastructure Data Ready with NetApp.”


Did you miss the first two posts in the series? Want to read them again?


1 Source: Gartner, Inc., Valdis Filks, Stanley Zaffos, Roger W. Cox, Santhosh Rao, November 22, 2016.

2 Source: Gartner, Inc., Valdis Filks, Joseph Unsworth, Arun Chandrasekaran, August 22, 2016.

3 Source: IDC, WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker 2016Q3, December 1, 2016.

4 Source: IDC, WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker 2016Q3, December 1, 2016.

Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is a senior manager of product and solution marketing at NetApp with over 25 years of storage and data management marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over 10 years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, EMC and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mike was a key leader driving the launch of the industry’s first unified scale-out storage system (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON ). In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent speaker at events.