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In addition to the FlexPod, NetApp also refreshed its storage operating software with the introduction of Data ONTAP 8. Data ONTAP 8 is the first storage operating system that enables storage connectivity for all protocols through a single wire, Parrish said.
It also includes DataMotion for Volumes, which allows customers to move large volumes of data in a non-disruptive fashion, as well as new data compression capabilities for decreasing storage capacity requirements and increasing storage efficiency.
NetApp also refreshed its FAS6200 series enterprise-class storage appliances with three new models that double the performance of existing models while offering increased availability and scalability.
The company also introduced three new models in its FAS3200 midrange storage appliances with increased performance, flexibility, and availability compared to existing models. NetApp is now also offering SSDs for high-performance mission-critical applications.
The company also introduced the DS2246, a new disk shelf, also known as an expansion module. The DS2246 fits up to 24 2.5-inch hard drives in a 2U space with a 50-percent increase in power efficiency and double the performance of its previous shelves. The disk shelf is used to increase the capacity of NetApp's FAS series of storage appliances.
Also new is the OnCommand management suite, which Parrish said realigns existing NetApp management software in more integrated package.
Strasheim said the refresh of the FAS3200 series appliances will be important to his midrange customer base because it will give them additional room for growth. "With NetApp, currently if a customer runs out of space on a 3200, we just drop in a 6200," he said. "But with the new expansion shelves, this will really broaden the 3200 capabilities."