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Woodall at Integrated Archive Systems called Data Ontap Edge a smart product from NetApp.
"A real common mistake in small offices, regardless of which vendor's technology is used, is that backups tend to be an afterthought," he said. "With Edge, customers get virtualized infrastructure with backup already built in. That's smart. You don't want people to put in an infrastructure, and then they are still worrying about whether their backup tapes have been changed. They shouldn't have to deal with those issues, and they won't."
PeakColo's Norris said NetApp is showing the way for vendors to adopt virtualized storage appliances with its Data Ontap Edge, especially in cloud environments.
"Edge provides snapshots that can go to the cloud for disaster recovery," he said. "We're looking forward to seeing other vendors move to divorce the software from the hardware, which is increasingly commoditized."
Abbott at Trace3 said that, taken together, NetApp's new Flash Pool, Infinite Volumes and Data Ontap Edge will be big drivers for customers looking to adopt both private and public clouds. "We will definitely adopt all of these technologies in our cloud business," he said.
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