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NetApp has announced the launch of a new NVMe-based end-to-end AFF A320 mid-market storage system. In addition, various improvements have been made to ONTAP 9.6, the company’s data management software.

ONTAP 9.6 should accelerate applications without impact and improve simplicity and security for a future-proof infrastructure. This enables organisations of all sizes to make maximum use of their data and to set up new initiatives in which data is central.

The software has received various improvements, including the expansion of the NVMe/FC ecosystem. Not only are Red Hat and SUSE Linux hosts now supported, but also VMware ESXi, Microsoft Windows and Oracle Linux hosts, with redundant storage connections. Organizations can speed up most workloads with NVMe/FC.

Fabricpool now also supports the Google Cloud Platform and Alibaba Cloud. This enables organizations to reduce the cost of their primary storage by automatically writing cold data to a public cloud of their choice or to a private cloud based on NetApp StorageGRID. Earlier there was support for Microsoft Azure, AWS, and IBM Cloud Storage.


The FlexCache software now supports Cloud Volumes ONTAP. In this way, organisations can benefit from the advantages of FlexCache in a hybrid cloud implementation.

There are also some updates with respect to security. Data replication and external buffering, for example, is made safer by over-the-wire encryption for SnapMirror technology and FlexCache.

In addition, MetroCluster provides IP support for AFF and FAS entry systems, enabling organizations to cost-effectively secure their business continuity. It is possible to use the existing IP network between locations for this purpose.

AFF A320

In 2018, NetApp presented the AFF A800, the industry’s first end-to-end NVMe system with industry-leading performance and data services, and effective efficiency assurance. The new AFF A320 system also benefits the mid-range segment.

The AFF A320 system accelerates traditional and modern business applications such as artificial intelligence and deep learning, analytics and databases. All this is offered with low latency, according to NetApp. It also reduces data center costs by consolidating applications into a powerful system. Finally, there is a future-proof environment with NVMe technology, 100 GbE Ethernet and cloud integration.

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