Today we are excited to announce that NetApp HCI is finally here and available!

 

Back in June when we announced NetApp HCI at our analyst day in Boulder, CO, the hyper converged market was projected to grow from $371.5 million in 2014 to nearly $5 billion by 2019*. Now, four months later, the hyper converged market is expected to double within two years, reaching over $10 billion in 2021**. This clearly demonstrates that NetApp joined this rapidly growing and evolving market at the right time.

 

While NetApp HCI is a new product offering, it combines trusted and best-of-breed components from NetApp and VMware to deliver a true enterprise–scale hyper converged infrastructure that addresses the evolving market. Architected on SolidFire Element OS and VMware vSphere, and fully managed by VMware vCenter, NetApp HCI allows us to provide unique capabilities such as:

 

Predictable Performance: Any time you have multiple applications sharing the same infrastructure, the potential exists for one application to interfere with the performance of another.  NetApp HCI delivers unique Quality of Service capabilities that binds storage performance on three dimensions, min, max and burst. This unique capability means hundreds to thousands of applications can be consolidated with predictable performance.

 

Flexible and Scalable: A key tenet of most, if not all, hyper converged solutions is simplicity, but that does not always mean flexibility. NetApp HCI has a node-based, shared-nothing architecture that delivers independent scaling of compute and storage resources. This avoids costly and inefficient over-provisioning and simplifies capacity and performance planning. Start small with two 2RU chassis and then scale by node. Need storage capacity or performance? Just add a storage node. Want more processing power or memory for virtualization? Simply add compute. Grow how you want. Nondisruptively.

Simple and Automated: The key to agile and responsive IT operations is to automate routine tasks, eliminating the risk of user error associated with manual operations, freeing up resources to focus on driving differentiated business outcome. The NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) simplifies Day 0 deployment by reducing the number of manual steps from over 400 to less than 30. Once you have deployed NetApp HCI, direct integration with VMware vCenter lets you easily automate and manage day-to-day tasks, including hardware-level operations and alerts, from Day 1 to Day 1500 and beyond. Finally, a robust API enables seamless integration into higher-level management, orchestration, backup, and disaster recovery tools. Watch the demos below to  learn more about how our HCI NetApp Deployment Engine works and the NetApp HCI vCenter Plugin.

 

 

 

NetApp Data Fabric: NetApp HCI is also an integral part of NetApp’s Data Fabric. The Data Fabric is NetApp’s vision for the future of data management, simplifying and integrating data management. It enables customers to respond and innovate more quickly because their data is accessible from on-premises to public cloud. Integration with the Data Fabric allows NetApp HCI to provide robust data services including file services via ONTAP Select, object services via StorageGrid Webscale, replication services via SnapMirror and backup and recovery services via AltaVault.

We look forward to existing and new customers utilizing the benefits of NetApp HCI. To get a quick tour of NetApp HCI or to get more information, visit netapp.com/hci-product.

 

* Gartner Forecast Analysis: Integrated Systems Worldwide 1Q15 Update

** Gartner Competitive Landscape: Hyperconverged Infrastructure Systems, 2017

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Cynthia Goodell

Cindy is the Sr. Product Marketing Manager for NetApp HCI. She spends her time at NetApp crafting messaging, positioning and developing go-to-market strategy for the NetApp HCI product. A born and bred Bostonian, Cindy has more than 15 years of experience launching and marketing new high tech products and relishes every opportunity to talk with people who are as fascinated with technology as she is.