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Top 10 NetApp Products, Solutions of 2013

December 23rd, 2013

Since it’s the season of countdowns and top 10 lists, there’s no better way to look back on 2013 than a list of this year’s best products and solutions from NetApp. Without further ado, I give you my NetApp “Top 10″ of 2013:

1. All-Flash Arrays (EF-Series, FlashRay)
Without a doubt, all-flash arrays were the biggest story of the year; not just one, but two! The launch of the EF540 and announcement of the FlashRay kicked things off in February 2013, followed closely with the EF550 launch nine months later in November. The EF-Series delivers consistent, predictable, sub-millisecond response times to accelerate the latency-sensitive applications responsible for driving revenue, productivity, and/or customer satisfaction on a day-in, day-out basis.

2. Clustered Data ONTAP
June 2013 ushered in the launch of the NetApp flagship operating system, clustered Data ONTAP 8.2. Its focus is continuous data access during controller upgrades; granular quality of service (QoS) for SAN and NAS; Storage Virtual Machines (SVMs) that deliver storage services; and support for the latest storage protocols including SMB 3.0, pNFS v4.1, iSCSI, FCoE, and Fibre Channel.

3. FlexPod
2013 also marked another ‘first’ for Cisco and NetApp: FlexPod became the #1 Integrated Infrastructure by IDC. The Cisco and NetApp partnership that brings the FlexPod systems to market generated $203.1 million worth of “integrated infrastructure” sales during 2Q13, representing a 26.2% share and the top ranking within this market segment.

4. Cloud Strategy
In 2013, IT slowly began the transition from being builders and operators of data centers to becoming brokers of application and information services. To address the gap of blending public and private clouds, NetApp’s strategy is to use the world’s number-one branded storage operating system, Data ONTAP, as a universal data platform across cloud environments. It is now part of over 175 service providers throughout the world!

5. E-Series Refresh
NetApp also introduced new E-Series models in 2013: the E2700 and E5500. The E2700, designed for general-purpose/application-driven storage, is the first to support 12Gb/s SAS in the product line. The E5500 also emerged during 2013 with a rather unique performance boost called “Software XOR”, an enhancement that augments Cache Mirroring Disabled (CMD) and Cache Mirroring Enabled (CME) write performance of the Intel RAID engine.

6. NetApp Connect
One of this year’s technology acquisitions was a company called ionGrid; a company that allows mobile devices to securely access corporate content without cloud storage. This mobile information management (MIM) software allows enterprise users to access files from Microsoft SharePoint 2013, 2010, or 2007 and file shares using Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.) — without migrating those files to a public cloud provider or using VPN software.

7. SnapProtect for Open Systems
As part of the SnapProtect 10.0 Service Pack 4 release in November, NetApp supports backups from direct-attached and non-NetApp storage to Data ONTAP 7-Mode SnapVault targets. This block-level incremental replication capability supports Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems and applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle Database.

8. OnCommand Workflow Automation
During the month of August 2013, NetApp updated its Workflow Automation software to version 2.1 to support new clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 workflows for Infinite Volume, Quality of Service (QoS), non-disruptive operations (NDO), and data protection. Probably the most under-advertised feature of version 2.1 was the user experience: the search feature, SQL query builder, and more!

9. NetApp Recovery Manager for Citrix ShareFile
As Citrix Synergy rolled around in May of 2013, NetApp released version 1.0 of its new NetApp Recovery Manager for Citrix ShareFile (NRM-CS), which allows Citrix ShareFile administrators to restore user files that have been removed from the Citrix Storage Center. Since then, it has been enhanced for high-availability support, clustered Data ONTAP 8.2, and the ability to restore files in parallel.

10. Snap Creator Framework

Also in May of 2013, Snap Creator (the software that lowers cost by reducing backup windows and accelerating response times) was given a “fresh coat of paint” in the form of a new GUI to enhance usability. Version 4.0 also increased scalability for hundreds of concurrent operations, along with integration of a role-based access control (RBAC) scheduler and job monitor into the server-side software.

Happy New Year!

Geek ONTAP, General

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