NetApp's new FAS8000 series enterprise storage systems are their most powerful and feature-rich storage systems. They boast improved I/O flexibility that simplify and eliminate complex upgrades, as IT needs change.
With the new FlexArray virtualisation software, NetApp V-Series can be licensed on the FAS8000. FlexArray enables the FAS8000 to virtualise and manage multi-vendor data storage platforms, paving the way for software-defined storage.
The new NetApp FAS8000 series unifies SAN, NAS and storage virtualisation into a single hybrid array. It is NetApp's first Fabric-Attached Storage, or FAS, platform designed specifically for scale-out storage environments built on clustered Data ONTAP.
The latest release of the clustered Data ONTAP helps organisations scale-out operations and manage data consistently and without disruption across both private and public cloud environments.
The new FlexArray virtualisation software enables existing storage to be managed by Data ONTAP for a greater return on investment and makes legacy storage cloud-ready. The software enables the FAS8000 to virtualise and manage third-party arrays.
NetApp claims that the FlexArray software will pay for itself in saved storage costs and is offering a nine-month payback guarantee. If they don’t meet their obligations, as described in the applicable Program Guide, they will provide additional capacity to meet the shortfall at no additional charge.