Hybrid Cloud: NetApp Announces Ontap 9.6
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Hybrid Cloud: NetApp Announces Ontap 9.6

NetApp announced Ontap 9.6, a new midrange, end-to-end NVMe AFF A320 storage system and an expanded portfolio of services to help businesses maximize the value of their data.

By accelerating applications painlessly and by delivering simplicity and security for a future-proof infrastructure, NetApp Ontap 9.6 data management software allows organizations of all sizes to maximize the value of data and take on new data-driven initiatives. Ontap 9.6 includes the following enhancements:

  • Expanded NVMe over Fibre Channel (NVMe/FC) ecosystem. It now includes VMware ESXi, Microsoft Windows, and Oracle Linux hosts, in addition to Red Hat and Suse Linux, with storage path resiliency. Organizations can experience NVMe/FC performance for most workloads.
  • FabricPool. It now supports Google Cloud and Alibaba Cloud, in addition to Microsoft Azure, AWS, and IBM Cloud Storage. Organizations can lower the cost of primary storage by automatically tiering cold data to any major public cloud or to a NetApp private cloud.

“Enterprises are evolving to new, more data-centric business models where data is a key strategic resource. Consequently, data availability requirements rise,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. “NetApp’s cloud-connected flash solutions, coupled with their Data Fabric strategy, provide the performance, availability, agility and simplicity enterprises undergoing digital transformation need in their hybrid cloud infrastructure to create and leverage innovative business opportunities.”

Expanded services portfolio in Ontap

Customers can rely on NetApp standards-based best practices and expert engineers to improve efficiency and performance. They furthermore protect against business disruption and data loss. NetApp’s expanded services portfolio now includes:

  • SupportEdge Prestige. It offers a high-touch, concierge level of technical support that resolves issues faster through priority call routing. Every customer works with their own team of NetApp experts and receives specific reporting, tools, and storage environment health assessments.
  • Tiered Deployment Service. It accelerates time to value for new NetApp technology and also reduces the risk of improper installation or misconfiguration. Three new high-quality options include Basic, Standard and Advanced Deployment, each aligned to customer business objectives.


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