"Hospitals produce a lot of data, from radiology images to patient records, and also e-mail. We currently generate up to 6 petabytes of data that grows by more than 50% year-over-year", stated Reinoud Reynders, IT manager, Infrastructure and Operations at the University Hospitals in Leuven, Belgium. "NetApp ONTAP software with the All Flash FAS systems gives us a flexible environment with the performance and capacity we need to manage our data at a low total cost of ownership. For us, that is very important."
The new offerings are key to helping customers transform their IT. Successful IT transformations integrate data siloes, automate processes to speed results and remove barriers to scale that limit growth. Thee announcement includes:
"IDC believes that the future of IT is hybrid Cloud, and we see enterprise storage companies like NetApp making strategic shifts to focus on flash storage, virtualization, high-performance hybrid Cloud, and other Cloud-related technologies that enable the portability of data and applications", stated IDC Storage Research Director Eric Burgener. "Vendors like NetApp are paving the way for customers who are rapidly transitioning to flash-optimized, software-defined storage architectures with rich and proven data services that monetize Big-Data analytics by delivering meaningful insight for making critical, fact-based decisions for their businesses."
New features in ONTAP 9 include:
NetApp also refreshed its industry-leading portfolio of ONTAP-powered all-flash and hybrid arrays, to provide customers with unrivaled scale, speed, and data services as they transform their IT. New features and capabilities introduced today include:
"Simplification is a key enabler for today's digital transformation", stated Joel Reich, executive vice president, Products and Operations at NetApp. "NetApp's new ONTAP software and flash systems give customers a way to bridge existing and emerging IT architectures as they build and evolve their hybrid Cloud."
"NetApp is leading the way with the industry's first Gen 6 32Gb-enabled storage array, making it possible for customers to deploy an end-to-end 32Gb Fibre Channel (32GFC) solution consisting of HBAs, switches and NetApp storage arrays. Today's announcement is another proof-point that modern data centres deploying all-flash arrays require a faster end-to-end Fibre Channel network. We are pleased that NetApp has chosen Emulex 32GFC HBAs by Broadcom for their high-performance, all-flash arrays", stated Jeff Hoogenboom, general manager, Emulex Connectivity Division, Broadcom Limited.
"Flash technology is accelerating the pace of innovation in storage", stated Jack Rondoni, vice president of storage networking, Brocade. "NetApp's introduction of 32Gb Gen 6 Fibre Channel flash systems creates a new industry benchmark for storage performance. NetApp's flash-optimized storage arrays and ONTAP software, along with Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions, enable application infrastructure with unprecedented performance and availability for next-generation data centres."
"Customers need help transforming their IT organisations in the digital era and data is critical to a successful transformation", stated Troy Brick- Margelofsky, solution architect team lead, at CDW. "Together, with NetApp, we are helping our customers realize the full value of their data to improve their customer satisfaction, speed time to market and drive business innovation."
"Applications need the optimum storage to process large amounts of data with the utmost efficiency", stated Jim Elliott, corporate vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor Inc. "Samsung's advanced 3D V-NAND-based SSD portfolio and solutions, combined with NetApp's ONTAP 9 software and flash array technology, provide a compelling approach to meeting critical storage speed requirements, while eradicating storage performance and efficiency bottlenecks."