Day One Announcements
Data Fabric Solution Essentials – starter kits that allow the customer to become hybrid cloud ready. Kits include three offerings: Accelerating Applications, Gaining Control of Shadow IT and Disaster Recovery Improvements.
The following are the titled kits available today to begin the data fabric journey:
- Application Acceleration Solution Kit
- OpenStack Solution Kit
- Snap-To-Cloud DR Solution Kit
They also announced how they will be offering enablement services for the above kits to assist customers in bring the data fabric to fruition.
These services are broken down into four offerings:
- Cloud Sourcing Strategy Workshop
- Service Catalog Design
- Service Platform Design
- NetApp Private Storage for Cloud Implementation Service
NetApp also announced that they had become a Google Cloud Platform Technology Partner.
There were also announcements around improvements for Cloud ONTAP software with increased data security, volume capacity increases and other enhancements.
NetApp also announced some enhanced security capabilities for the NetApp AltaVault range.
Day Two Announcements
The most notable takeaway from this session was the partner specialization programs being made available by NetApp that will be used to increase partners knowledge and capabilities.
Anyone that has been involved with NetApp technologies over the past year or longer will know the pain points around transitioning from a 7mode system to a new Clustered ONTAP solution. Announced was a new training program aligned to enable the transition, called “Clustered Data ONTAP transition services”.
The second specialization was the Clustered Data ONTAP specialization and this is the enabler to size, sell and architect NetApp solutions.
On Day Two, we also got to see from Neto from Brazil who is a new member of the NetApp A-Team in a Technical Advisor capacity. This was the first real INSIGHT into what was happening from a technical release point of view. (I have linked the session in the additional resources section below.)
The demo consisted of a SQL database stored in a NetApp on premises system and then replicated to an off premises NetApp Private Storage system (NPS).
The database was consistently snapshotted (notice how I didn’t use the term backup) with a new product from NetApp called SnapCenter andthe database instance was connected to an Amazon Web Services EC2 compute instance. It was also spun across to Microsoft Azure where Neto from Brazil failed between the cloud providers with NO DOWNTIME.
The next interesting thing to see was the beta version of Cloud ONTAP running inside of Azure… and being able to migrate between a hosted database in AWS over to an Azure instance.
Given my role, I could probably steer clear of SnapCenter and not mention however, for intense and purposes I will give my opinion. This is a v1 product release from NetApp, where today only SQL is supported and I believe soon to be the virtual infrastructure. I can only imagine the roadmap consists of all the existing SnapManager range as well as more , with the integration to the SnapCreator framework there is very little that this new product shouldn’t be able to pick up. Without going to technical into this because I simply have not seen, I believe the SnapDrive agent is still deployed albeit through a central management server. I believe there also may be another agent similar but slim version of the SnapManager agent. So you still have that overhead of managing those agents however from one single central management server.
There was also a lot of hype about the NetApp All Flash FAS.Rightly so, Neto from Brazil, albeit using a canned demo, proved that an AFF cluster could achieve above 1.1million IOPS without any downtime or disruption to service.
Day Three Announcements
There was a lot of love between NetApp & Cisco around these announcements and maybe rightly so… its great technology and reaching 5.6Billion revenue!
From a technology point of view and hearing new stuff there was nothing new, just a great achievement between the two companies.
Day Four Announcements
On Day 4, myself and some of my fellow A-Team members, had the chance to sit with the Tech ONTAP podcast team and pull together a final thoughts session. Hopefully I will be able to get a 1:1 with the guys when in Berlin.
Find out more about our Data Fabric solutions on our blog
Neto From Brazil – Technical Demo – https://youtu.be/UluLv_YXx-o
The New Hybrid; Flash to Disk to Cloud – http://www.watts-innovating.com/the-new-hybrid-flash-to-disk-to-cloud/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-new-hybrid-flash-to-disk-to-cloud
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