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Introducing ASA C-Series: Unmatched savings and sustainability for block workloads

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Sandeep Singh
Sandeep Singh
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In today’s business landscape, organizations face a range of challenges. IT budgets remain tight and under scrutiny. The complexity of ever-evolving technology and the IT skills gap pose significant hurdles. The threat of ransomware has emerged as a top priority for C-suite executives to address, while sustainability has become a strategic imperative. Moreover, every organization seeks the flexibility and power of the cloud. Amid these challenges, data infrastructure plays a pivotal role in empowering IT to modernize its infrastructure and overcome these obstacles. Infrastructure can enable efficient data management, analysis, and utilization, allowing organizations to make informed decisions, drive innovation, and stay competitive.

At NetApp, we’re constantly exploring practical strategies and cutting-edge technologies to help IT professionals navigate these challenges and harness the transformative potential of data infrastructure.

This is why we introduced our NetApp® AFF C-Series systems earlier this year. AFF C-Series arrays deliver performance that’s near the speed of flash at hybrid flash economics for NAS and unified use cases, enabling you to make your infrastructure faster, denser, and more sustainable—affordably. It’s no wonder that the AFF C-Series is seeing rapid adoption and wildly outperforming our expectations. You get a low-cost, high-quality storage solution. You can refresh your hybrid flash or 10K hard drive–based storage systems at a similar price while modernizing with all flash.

But we didn’t stop there. We also expanded our product portfolio and introduced NetApp ASA A-Series systems in May, extending the NetApp ONTAP® experience to all-flash, block-optimized storage systems to accelerate and modernize the data infrastructure for VMware and database workloads.

Building on the success of the AFF C-Series, we’re excited to share that we’re now bringing the benefits of C-Series to block storage. It gives me great pleasure to introduce the NetApp ASA C-Series family. The ASA C-Series is for those who need dedicated block storage capacity flash. It’s a resilient and flexible solution for capacity-intense workloads at optimized cost and density.

Reap all the benefits of the ASA C-Series

There are several reasons to choose ASA C-Series systems for capacity-intensive, business-critical workloads such as databases, VMware, and backup and recovery that don’t require submillisecond latency. You can modernize to All-flash SAN affordably while making your infrastructure faster, denser, and more sustainable—without breaking the bank.

Need more reasons? Here’s what you can do with the NetApp ASA C-Series:

  • Unbeatable cost savings and efficiency. ASA C-Series systems deliver high capacity at just $0.50 per gigabyte, slashing costs for intensive workloads.
  • Accelerated performance. Experience unmatched speed and efficiency with all-flash, all-NVMe technology, boosting VMware and database performance to new heights.
  • Guaranteed availability. Ensure mission-critical operations with six nines availability, for unparalleled reliability and peace of mind.
  • Industry-leading efficiency. Maximize your storage capacity with NetApp’s industry-leading raw-to-usable capacity, coupled with a 4:1 Storage Efficiency Guarantee, reducing TCO while maintaining optimal efficiency.
  • Cyber resilience. Safeguard your data against ransomware attacks with tamperproof NetApp Snapshot copies, enabling quick recovery. The NetApp Ransomware Recovery Guarantee ensures that your business stays protected.
  • Comprehensive data protection. Achieve business continuity and comprehensive data protection with VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) support for seamless operations.
  • Cloud-connected. Experience seamless disaster recovery, backup, and tiering to cloud.
  • Simplicity at its best. Use the same ONTAP software as our unified ​product line for common APIs and common management.
  • Sustainable solution. Reduce your power consumption by up to 70% compared to competing all-flash arrays, contributing to a greener future.

Unleash the power of unified storage

Experience the unparalleled advantages of NetApp’s unified storage, which enables you to simplify operations at scale, enhance IT productivity, and mitigate risk across SAN, NAS, and unified environments. With the ability to consolidate block, file, and object storage in a single, robust storage environment (ONTAP), you can reap the rewards. Enjoy consistent management and automation, eliminating the need for relearning skills or reimplementing automation. Trust in a standardized data security model, free from fragmented silos. Streamline data protection by implementing recovery runbooks just once. And rest assured with unwavering support and a seamless vendor experience. NetApp empowers organizations to confidently navigate the storage landscape, unlocking a world of simplified efficiency and dependable security.

Overall, the ASA family is the ultimate solution for a modern all-flash SAN infrastructure, delivering unparalleled performance and reliability. For our customers who already trust NetApp for NAS and love their ONTAP experience, they can seamlessly bring the ONTAP experience to their block workloads with ASA systems—with consistent data management, automation, security, protection, and experience.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to modernize your storage infrastructure with the NetApp ASA family. Experience the power of one—one unified platform that simplifies operations, enhances data security, ensures comprehensive data protection, and provides a consistent and seamless user experience.

Learn more

  • Free SAN Acceleration workshop (partner availability later), this workshop is a 2-hour engagement with the customer to discover their current SAN environment (i.e., workloads, use cases, etc.). Output is a readout of key findings and recommendations for desired future state. 
  • Free SAN Architecture Assessment (partner availability later): This migration assessment (using free Cloud Insights 90-days license) analyzes the customer’s environment based on actual performance data & 3rd party system usage. Output is a detailed proposal of superior price-performance solutions which lower footprint cost & boost sustainability. 
  • Flash Forward promotions (available to partners direct & resell also), your customer has the choice of: 
    • Free Migration: where NetApp PS will perform a migration of up to 1PB data for free from competitor platforms to a new NetApp AFF or ASA system. Keystone is now eligible for this promotion!
or 
    • Free 3-month support extension to ensure you have a seamless migration. Must be competitive takeout with minimum 50TB flash purchase and 36-month min support contract. 
  • Free ASA learning workshop (new customers only): Providing new ASA customers with everything they need to know; and the first 100 customers to purchase 50TB+ new ASA systems are eligible to send 2 admins. 

Contact your NetApp sales or partner representative today to find out how you can modernize without compromise.

Sandeep Singh

Sandeep Singh is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Storage at NetApp. He has 20+ years of experience in enterprise technology spanning data infrastructure, data management, cloud services, hybrid cloud, hyperconverged infrastructure, AI Ops SaaS, primary storage, storage as a service, backup as a service, disaster recovery, ransomware recovery.

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