NetApp Announces the Launch of Innovative Technologies and capabilities for Agile Data Infrastructure

NetApp and an Ecosystem of Partners Make IT Intelligent, Immortal, and Infinite So Customers Can Drive Greater Business Velocity

Bangalore, July 19, 2012-NetApp during an event today announced a single integrated platform for an Agile Data Infrastructures that is built on essential attributes of Intelligent, Immortal and Infinite. NetApp in collaboration with its partners, with a vision for the future is paving a new way for customers to fundamentally architect and manage their data storage infrastructure differently to be more agile.

Customers irrespective of geographies want to accelerate their businesses with greater efficiency and productivity, but they must think differently to remove the complexity, cost, and inefficiencies of decade-old IT approaches.Building on years of storage efficiency and clustering innovation, new platform features, products, and technologies with the latest release of Data ONTAP® software, enable IT to better respond to changing business requirements, maintain non-disruptive operations, and grow the business without limits.

Speaking at the event, Anil Valluri, President, NetApp India Marketing & Services Pvt Ltd. commented, "This is an exciting time for NetApp and its customers. We, along with our partners are at the forefront of enabling IT transformation with Data ONTAP and help businesses scale far beyond today's limits. Indian enterprises like any other across the globe are struggling with the pace, complexity and changing demands of a data-driven world. We are confident that the adoption of Agile Data Infrastructure will enable businesses to be faster & reliable, giving customers the competitive edge in data management in a tough and price sensitive market."

Addressing the media gathering Anil also added "Storage is becoming an enduring infrastructure layer in IT and commands for a major share in solutions like shared virtual infrastructure, private cloud, desktop virtualization, to name few. NetApp has been delivering technology and product firsts for 20 years and is poised to be a preferred storage technology partner of choice to customers across verticals and segments in India."

Agile Data Infrastructure Makes IT Intelligent, Immortal, and Infinite
The latest release of NetApp® Data ONTAP, the industry's largest installed storage operating system, is another milestone in an aggressive innovation agenda that is the basis for delivering new approaches to managing data for business impact. Today, NetApp is transforming data storage again with agile data infrastructure. Organizations can change the economics of IT and adapt to unpredictable data growth and dynamic business requirements with a single infrastructure that evolves as their business grows and service levels change over time. By combining rich data management with the architectural advantages of clustering, customers can make IT intelligent, immortal, and infinite.

Intelligent Data Management: Data storage can be intelligent and self-aware to deliver an immediate response to numerous rapidly changing business requirements.

  • Service Automation and Analytics: Self-managed storage seamlessly scales capacity, not people, with end-to-end visibility into storage infrastructure with functions to control, automate, and analyze data.
  • Storage Efficiency: Cost containment in an era of monumental growth means that storage efficiency is not a feature but is instead mandatory to exploit every possible opportunity to drive down costs while maintaining or boosting IT performance.
  • Virtual Storage Tiering: Always-on application availability requires data-driven real-time responsiveness. Data storage needs to be optimized for agility, low cost, and maximum efficiency. A self-managing data-driven service layer allows a mixed-media storage pool to keep "hot" data on flash drives and less-active data on SATA drives. Fully automated with Flash Pools the intelligence is built into Data ONTAP, making it efficient for multiple and diverse workloads without requiring complex data classification.

Immortal Operations: Data needs a lifespan that stretches beyond the individual components of the infrastructure to deliver non-disruptive operations and maintain data accessibility 24/7.

  • Non-disruptive Operations:NetApp delivers a storage environment with always-on availability. Zero downtime means that business-critical applications such as Microsoft® Exchange, SharePoint®, and SQL Server®, as well as solutions from Oracle®, SAPAG, and Red Hat®, running on VMware® vSphere™ or Citrix XenServer® don't go offline for routine upgrades and maintenance, add-ons, and even complete hardware refreshes.
  • Embedded Data Security: Businesses must enable appropriate access to critical data; securing both data and equipment involves multiple protection points. Multilevel security prevents unauthorized access to data and helps meet stringent regulatory requirements for data at rest.
  • Integrated Data Protection: "Set it and forget it" data protection improves operational efficiency by removing human error and the need for ongoing adjustments to architecture, storage systems, and protection policies in order to meet service-level agreements.

Infinite Scalability: Customers can grow their business knowing that their storage performance, capacity, and operational scalability will keep pace indefinitely, keeping investments and capabilities on track with their business.

  • Seamless Scaling: Scaling efficiently means scaling without the need to add more people to manage the environment, sacrifice performance, or sacrifice capacity. Infinite Volume creates a single volume that can scale up to 20PB as a single scalable entity.
  • Unified Architecture:One architecture for many diverse workloads gives customers the flexibility to deal with changes in storage requirements. NetApp introduced the industry's first u
  • Unified storage architecture and Data ONTAP is currently the industry's only unified scale-outplatform that delivers rich data management and data protection capabilities with clustering technology. This enables customers to scale out as well as scale up seamlessly across low-end through high-end systems in a single cluster. In addition, for remote offices, Data ONTAP Edge is a low-cost data storage system that runs in a virtual machine on the VMware vSphere® platform and is designed to complement NetApp® FAS and V-Series storage systems, managing the needs of direct-attached storage.
  • Secure Multi-tenancy: Secure separation of data in cloud environments takes virtualization to the next level, providing a bridge to cloud computing. Close collaboration between NetApp, Cisco, and VMware has resulted in a secure multi-tenancy solution to partition shared IT infrastructures from servers to storage.

Pricing and Availability
The NetApp products and technologies can be ordered today through NetApp or NetApp's worldwide network of value-added authorized solution providers, distributors and systems integrators. Customer pricing for these solutions is also available from NetApp sales or reseller partners. Data ONTAP 8.1 is GA as of April 19, 2012. Data ONTAP 8.1.1 is available now for ordering. Data ONTAP Edge is available in August, 2012. For more information, visit www.netapp.com/in/how-to-buy.

About NetApp
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com/in

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