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The new arrays were designed with NetApp's recent introduction of its new Clustered Data Ontap storage operating system in mind, Integrated Archive Systems' Woodall said.
"Whether you are looking at a cloud or a FlexPod stack, the new arrays provide big opportunities," he said. "If you are committed to VMware in the data center, the go-forward will be NetApp's new Clustered Data Ontap. NetApp has been very clear about that. It fits cloud infrastructures more than the older Ontap code did."
Clustered Data Ontap provides non-disruptive operations, including the ability to do a complete hardware refresh without interrupting customer operations and the ability to cluster any FAS arrays to add performance and provide dynamic rebalancing of resources, Welke said.
NetApp's Parrish said the new FAS3220 and FAS3250 will ship starting in about two weeks.
NetApp is providing zero-percent financing and upgrade programs for the new arrays, and it has started partner training, she said.
The new arrays will also be available to IBM under the OEM agreement the two signed in 2005.