NetApp Extends Hybrid On-Prem, Cloud Data Management Capabilities With New Software Focus

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NetApp Wednesday expanded its hybrid cloud capabilities with a new version of its SolidFire all-flash storage operating system targeting hybrid cloud environments.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based storage vendor also introduced a new version of its Ontap storage operating system with significant performance and feature enhancements, and brought its object storage technology closer to the Amazon cloud.

The new products, introduced at the company's NetApp Insight 2017 conference being held this week in Las Vegas, show NetApp's strong commitment to hybrid on-premises and cloud environments, said John Rollason, senior director for NetApp's next generation data center product solutions marketing.

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"We absolutely believe it's a hybrid world," Rollason told CRN. "For people building cloud service provider clouds or on-premises infrastructures with cloud-like capabilities, we're releasing a new set of enhancements to continue the development of our Data Fabric."

New from NetApp is the SolidFire Element OS 10, the latest version of the all-flash storage array technology NetApp got with its 2016 acquisition of SolidFire.

SolidFire Element OS 10 now supports the full range of delivery options, including physical all-flash storage arrays, the FlexPod SF all-flash converged infrastructure offering, and NetApp HCI, the company's new hyper-converged infrastructure offering scheduled to ship by the end of this month, Rollason said.

This is a significant enhancement in that it brings consistency across the three product lines with a new common code base with connectivity to the on-premises, virtual and cloud versions of the company's Ontap software, said Brett Roscoe, NetApp's vice president of products, solutions, and services marketing.

"They can also now use Ontap, Ontap Cloud and Ontap Select as targets for data," Roscoe said. "This lets them be used to create copies for later recovery in a disaster or to be used to hold data for retention purposes."

The SolidFire Element OS 10 news is part of a larger Data Fabric initiative that NetApp is developing, said Juan Orlandini, chief architect at Datalink, an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based subsidiary of Insight and a longtime NetApp channel partner.

"This will help customers specify where data resides," Orlandini told CRN. "Now it can be on Ontap, or on SolidFire or in the cloud. Customers' ability to do data mobility between all these areas is a huge bonus."

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