Join the discussions
Explore issues and answers around NetApp storage solutions.
You need a solid foundation for your unified hybrid cloud. NetApp® ONTAP® data management software gives you every advantage possible—everywhere. Looks like you just won the data management lottery.
We get it—you have many “#1" priorities: Help your business grow. Reliably support your current applications and protect your data. Anticipate and prepare for the future. Plus, do it all without additional IT budget.
With ONTAP, you don’t need to compromise to achieve these priorities. Quickly respond to new business challenges, simplify your day-to-day activities, and impress your team. Sound like your cup of tea? Whatever your data management needs—on your premises and in the cloud—ONTAP has you covered.
Addressing today’s key business concern:
Additional innovation in 3 key areas:
Check out other innovations we introduced with ONTAP in June 2021 and October 2020.
Every data center needs a superhero to keep their business-critical applications running and important data always available and secure. Say hello to the new NetApp® AFF A900 system. Powered by NetApp® ONTAP® Enterprise Edition software and a high-resiliency design, our new lightning-fast NVMe storage system saves the day (every day) by eliminating disruptions to mission-critical operations, minimizing performance tuning, and safeguarding your data from ransomware attacks.
Ransomware is a significant threat to your organization – not only because of the potential loss of data but also from the monetary impact and risk to your company’s reputation. Industry-leading NetApp® solutions can help you recover quickly from ransomware attacks with minimal impact, as well as prevent ransomware from spreading in the first place.
All-flash storage is great for delivering consistent, fast response times for critical business data. But once that data is cold and no longer regularly retrieved, it’s not optimal to keep it on an all-flash system.
Free up space on your AFF system by using the unique cloud tiering technology of NetApp® ONTAP® FabricPool, which automatically and seamlessly moves cold data to a lower-cost storage tier, either in the cloud or on premises. You can tier to your choice of the leading cloud providers – AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Alibaba. You can also tier to NetApp® StorageGRID®, an on-premises object-based storage solution that is very cost effective for deployments larger than 200TB.
You can reduce your primary flash storage needs by more than 50% without compromising performance, efficiency, or protection. Decrease the size of a new AFF system configuration, or reclaim capacity on an existing AFF system and consolidate more workloads on it.
Your applications likely have different availability requirements, depending on how crucial they are for your business. The comprehensive data protection and business continuity capabilities that are built in to NetApp® ONTAP® offer a broad range of solutions to safeguard your operations and keep them running smoothly.
Protecting your data at rest is crucial for your sensitive information. Depending on which approach is best for your organization, you can deploy two types of NetApp® solutions that deliver FIPS 140-2 AES-256 bit encryption:
You can also deploy both hardware- and software-based encryption simultaneously, for two layers of protection for your most sensitive data.
In addition to encryption, NetApp offers a leading portfolio of data security capabilities to help you address today’s security threats as well as governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) requirements.
NetApp® Snapshot™ technology is the basis of a unique ecosystem of high-availability, disaster-tolerant, and data-protection solutions for your ONTAP® environment. Because Snapshot copies have no performance impact, use minimal storage space, and are safe to deploy on running systems, system administrators use them to protect their data by taking and maintaining frequent, low-impact copies of files, directory hierarchies, LUNs, and/or application data on a running system.
Snapshot technology significantly improves the frequency and reliability of backups, and it allows near-instantaneous, secure, user-managed restores. Users can directly access Snapshot copies to recover from accidental deletion, corruption, or modification of their data.
Snapshot copies can also be used to instantly create writeable clones. These NetApp FlexClone® volumes are great for leveraging your data for development and testing of new business applications as well as report generation and analytics. Also, FlexClone volumes are space-efficient, because they don’t consume additional storage space.
Do you need to retain files to meet regulatory or governance requirements as well as to support litigation holds and event-based retention?
NetApp® ONTAP® SnapLock® technology is ideal for these situations. It prevents files from being altered or deleted until a predetermined or default retention date. It does this by creating nonrewritable, nonerasable data on hard disk drives or flash media by using write-once, read-many (WORM) file locking.
Choose between two deployment options, based on your specific needs:
SnapLock also has the capability to incrementally append files while they remain locked, making it ideal for audio or video surveillance and logging.
Do you need better ways to delete confidential data that was placed on an insecure device or moved to an unauthorized location? Just deleting the file is not sufficient.
Previously, security departments often needed to take away the storage system for days or weeks to resolve data spills. Now, with the NetApp® Secure Purge feature that is unique to NetApp ONTAP®, you can remediate data spillage online while the system is in use, significantly decreasing the time and hassle. Third-party testing has proven that it works.
Secure Purge completely removes spilled data from the physical media where it was placed, on both hard-disk drives (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD). It cryptographically shreds deleted files on NVE volumes by retaining active files and deleting the encryption key used to lock the spilled data.
In addition, Secure Purge provides state-of-the-art “right-to-erasure” capability that can help you meet General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.
Does your organization have teams working in multiple locations that need to collaborate on large projects, such as animation, software development, and corporate marketing? You can improve the speed and productivity of their collaboration with NetApp® ONTAP® FlexCache® technology.
With FlexCache, hot data is cached at multiple locations around the world so it is local to team members who are working on the project. This reduces the response time for users when they access the hot data, and it also gives them simultaneous access to centralized datasets, both of which are valuable for content-generation workflows.
Because only actively read data is cached, rather than entire files or volumes, FlexCache economically increases performance with minimal incremental use of storage resources. It also improves storage system ROI by lowering WAN bandwidth costs.
In addition, FlexCache can be used to cache data locally on multiple storage controllers within an ONTAP cluster in a data center. This increases throughput performance, which is valuable for read-intensive applications such as movie rendering, chip-design, seismic analysis, and financial simulation. It also gives you the flexibility to handle workload spikes by creating cache instances on demand, without investing in additional storage.
Compute-intensive workloads and large data repositories need massive NAS containers that deliver consistent high performance and resiliency. NetApp® ONTAP® FlexGroup volumes, running on NetApp AFF all-flash or FAS storage systems, are a great way to support those environments.
FlexGroup volumes are scale-out NAS containers that create a single namespace capable of growing to huge sizes – 20PB and 400 billion files – while also delivering predictable low latency and scaling performance linearly. They are quick to create and easy to manage.
FlexGroup volumes are effective for diverse areas such as:
In its three recent Radar reports, GigaOm ranked NetApp #1 in Primary Storage for Large Enterprises, Enterprise Scale-Out File Systems, and Cloud File Systems.
Build a better hybrid cloud today. ONTAP helps you create a smart, powerful, and trusted storage infrastructure that reduces costs, accelerates critical workloads, and protects and secures data across your hybrid cloud.
Minimize your capex and opex while gaining industry-leading efficiency. Provision storage in minutes for Oracle, SAP, Microsoft SQL, VMware, and other business apps. ONTAP's features and capabilities help simplify day-to-day management. And by automatically tiering cold data to public and private clouds, it's easy to lower your TCO.
Accelerate critical workloads with industry-leading performance. Scale capacity and performance without disruption. And quickly deploy enterprise applications on NetApp® storage systems and commodity servers and in the cloud.
Guard against data loss, automatically protect from ransomware attacks, and accelerate recovery with integrated data protection. Eliminate business disruption due to failures, maintenance, and site disasters. And protect your sensitive company information with built-in data security.
Discover why it’s the world’s leading enterprise data management software. Get started now with either Cloud Volumes ONTAP or ONTAP Select.
Optimize your cloud storage costs and performance while enhancing data protection, security, and compliance by using ONTAP data management on your public cloud resources.
ONTAP data management for software defined storage on industry-standard architecture—especially in places where traditional data center storage systems aren't ideal.
Experience enterprise application protection in the data fabric with ONTAP. Take an up-close look by test driving a hands-on lab.
Optimize your storage environment with ONTAP® to increase efficiency, protect against unplanned outages, and strengthen your overall security posture.
Shrink your data footprint and reduce costs with inline deduplication, compression, and compaction. Accelerate business operations with space-efficient clones, and increase usable capacity with advanced drive partitioning.
Benefit from near-instantaneous NetApp® Snapshot™ copies for local recovery. Enjoy synchronous and asynchronous replication for disaster recovery and backup, as well as write once, read many (WORM) protection for data retention, compliance, and ransomware attacks.
It’s nice to know that you have the backing of greater-than-six-9s availability, as well as synchronous mirroring up to 700km. In addition, enjoy active-active storage-controller failover for high availability.
Avoid unauthorized data access with data-at-rest encryption and in-flight encryption for backup and replication. In addition, onboard and external key management, multifactor authentication, and secure purge fortify your security position.
StorageReview recently published a review of ONTAP® data management software. Read what they had to say about how it simplifies and enhances the management of your block and file workloads.
NetApp® ONTAP® software provides a rock-solid foundation for data management on the broadest range of deployments. NetApp storage systems, commodity servers, the cloud—ONTAP offers yogi-like flexibility.
For the third year in a row, NetApp has been recognized by Gartner as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Primary StorageJeff Vogel, Roger W. Cox, Joseph Unsworth, Santhosh Rao, "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage," October 11,2021.
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Gartner and Magic Quadrant are registered trademarks and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved..
We’ve been working at this—and delivering on it—for 10+ years: our vision of extending ITOps into a unified hybrid cloud with consistent data services everywhere.
NetApp® AFF all-flash arrays deliver the speed and responsiveness your performance-sapping workloads demand.
Step up to simple, smart, trusted storage with NetApp® FAS storage arrays, which balances capacity and performance.
Confidently power AI, multicloud, and modern enterprise applications with a FlexPod® converged infrastructure.
Deploy ONTAP® Select for software-defined storage on your choice of commodity servers and disk media (HDD or SSD).
Manage and control your data on AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud with NetApp® Cloud Volumes ONTAP®.
Whether you’re managing a small company’s single storage system or monitoring multiple clusters for a large enterprise, powerful ONTAP® tools simplify your day-to-day activities and provide intelligence you can actually use.
With NetApp® ONTAP® System Manager (included with ONTAP at no additional charge) you don’t need to be a storage expert. Get lightning-quick insights into capacity, system health, networking, and performance history.
NetApp® Unified Manager boosts your admins’ efficiency by monitoring petabytes of data from a single dashboard. Discover, monitor, and receive notifications to proactively manage storage, security risks, and compliance while quickly resolving issues.
NetApp® Active IQ® uses artificial intelligence and community wisdom to give you customized best-practice recommendations. Implement the actionable insights gained from managing your infrastructure with System Manager and Unified Manager.
Take your automation to the next level with industry-standard REST API. Starting with ONTAP 9.6, use ONTAP REST API end points to automate day-to-day operations management and integrate with third-party tools that consume REST.
Infrastructure in seconds, not minutes or hours, with over 50 times faster time-to-completion. That’s what you can expect to achieve by automating your ONTAP configuration management with Ansible. NetApp’s industry-leading portfolio of easy-to-use, certified Ansible modules can help you automate and simplify up to 100% of your repetitive day-to-day tasks.
Get the most from your investment by ensuring your ONTAP software is always upgraded to the latest version.
Explore issues and answers around NetApp storage solutions.
Get the inside scoop on a variety of tech-related topics.
Browse events—live, online, and on demand—on the NetApp events calendar.
No matter what solutions, products, or services you’re interested in, we’d love to talk.
Different partner purchasing options include:
The NetApp Keystone™ portfolio provides flexible cloud consumption models whether you build or buy, on-premises or in the public cloud.