NetApp Introduces New ASA Block Storage, Recovery Assurance
"NetApp's Upgrade: All-flash SAN, OnTap For All, Ransomware Recovery"
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NetApp just released a new flashy storage system that's super fast and eco-friendly. They also updated their operating system and introduced a guarantee to recover from Ransomware attacks.
NetApp's latest all-flash SAN array aims to make deployment easy with high performance and availability. The ASA comes in five versions using triple-level cell technology, ranging from 13 PB to 351 PB after compression. Also, their data management software suite extends to all storage systems.
NetApp mainly deals with file storage products. They haven't been doing block storage for long. Block storage is a crowded and competitive market, as per Futurum Group analyst Dave Raffo. Enterprises depend on SAN-only storage for their VMs and databases. But NetApp's latest release gives customers more than just file storage choices.
Raffo said that customers who are focusing on block storage may have overlooked NetApp.
NetApp has released its second ASA. The new version has improvements in performance and data protection. It has all-NVMe storage and NVMe-oF host connectivity. The design is also API-driven for cloud integration. Raffo shared these updates.
The new ASA is better than the 2019 release because it has new features. It has a data reduction guarantee and six nines of availability. Raffo thinks that customers might like it because it only focuses on block storage.
"It will be easier to manage and faster," he explained, comparing it to unified storage.
Steve McDowell from NAND Research predicts that main storage providers will offer all-NVMe storage.
He said there won't be any more all-flash arrays that aren't all-NVMe.
NetApp now has a cool upgrade feature. It won't disrupt anything. They also made a new motherboard. It saves energy by 50%! McDowell said all this. NetApp wants to take on Dell Technologies and HPE. They're improving their stuff to do it.
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The ASA line uses OnTap, which is NetApp's OS. OnTap can do a lot of things. For example, it does file storage, object storage, block storage, and unified storage. It also protects and manages data. All NetApp hardware uses OnTap.
NetApp made improvements to OnTap, which now has better protection against ransomware. Additionally, the OnTap One software suite can now be used with all AFF, ASA, and FAS storage systems.
Raffo shared that even if customers have older arrays, they can still use OnTap to control storage. This can be done through a single console located in NetApp BlueXP.
NetApp launched a new StorageGrid. It's all-flash and has better performance. It's also more secure than the hybrid version.
McDowell said all-flash object storage is popular for analytics workloads like AI and machine learning.
NetApp launched a guarantee for ransomware recovery. It promises to assist in the recovery of customers' data from a ransomware attack using a snapshot. If NetApp is unable to help, it will give customers monetary compensation, but the terms are not clear.
Raffo said NetApp customers have to meet particular metrics for the guarantee. Recognizing ransomware as a danger to customers is crucial.
"You need a ransomware story if you sell IT products," he advised.
McDowell stated that the storage industry is trying to provide warranties similar to Infinidat. However, not every vendor promises recovery assurances for the array.
McDowell said that storage devices examine all data bits. He added that the best spot to detect ransomware is inside the storage box.
He said NetApp has a big market share and can lead the way for recovery guarantees. Other storage vendors should follow this trend.
Adam Armstrong writes news for TechTarget about block and file storage hardware, and private clouds. Before his current job, he worked for StorageReview.com.