When NetApp introduced the FAS8000 family we knew we had a winning combination: unified, scale-out storage with the performance and efficiency to satisfy a broad range of enterprise needs. But don’t just take our word for it, in the recently released 2014 DCIG Midrange Unified Storage Buyers Guide the FAS8040 earned the highest ranking of Best-in-Class and the FAS8020 ranked second just behind the FAS8040.
DCIG Buyer’s Guides help you jumpstart the research and decision-making process by providing an informed, third party evaluation of products that scores their features from an end user viewpoint.
The Buyer’s Guide comparison covered forty storage arrays from fourteen vendors. Each array was scored and ranked based on a list of features that reflects the needs of a wide range of organizations. According to DCIG, the FAS8040 and FAS8020 distinguished themselves from the competitors by the comprehensive management and software capabilities provided by NetApp’s full-featured Data ONTAP storage operating system.
DCIG highlighted four areas where the FAS8040 and FAS8020 stood out from the competition:
Support for virtual server and desktop infrastructure was heavily weighted in the DCIG survey because virtualization is a key efficiency technology in the data center. The strong support for virtualization in Data ONTAP enables a FAS8000 storage array to be easily integrated into a virtualized environment resulting in better return on investment and reduced IT costs.
Support for both compression and deduplication separated the FAS8040 and FAS8020 from the rest of the arrays. Compression and deduplication increase efficiency and reduce storage costs. Some types of data such as databases are more responsive to compression while other types including unstructured file data benefit from deduplication. By supporting both technologies FAS storage achieves higher overall data efficiency and can run a wider range of workloads, resulting in lower data center costs.
The use of hybrid flash to cache reads and writes optimizes the FAS8040 and FAS8020 for enterprise applications with transactional workloads. The FAS8040 supports up to 12TB of hybrid flash and the FAS8020 up to 6TB to accelerate response times for critical enterprise applications.
DCIG highlighted the capability of the FAS8040 and FAS8020 to do proactive remediation. As mentioned in the report: “While it is important to be notified of problems, it is much better to be notified that a problem occurred and was resolved by the vendor”. Proactive remediation minimizes both planned and unplanned downtime increasing the productivity of your data center and IT staff.
The bottom line is that the FAS8040 and FAS8020 topped the survey because they have the capabilities to take on a wide variety of workloads and run them efficiently and at high performance levels.
For more information on the FAS8040, FAS8020 and the complete FAS8000 family visit the NetApp website here. You can also join or start a conversation on the NetApp Storage System Community page or contact NetApp Sale