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Storage service design is a popular topic around NetApp IT these days because of the huge impact it has had on our IT operations. We’ve written a series of blogs on our three-tier service catalog, which offers storage as a service that is predictive and easily consumable. We use a data-driven model that looks at performance and capacity together to identify, manage, and deliver the appropriate level of storage service.

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Now with over 7,000 customers, FlexPod® continues to give an advantage to IT organizations looking for efficient, accelerated deployments of data center infrastructure.Last summer, the FlexPod team released an infrastructure guide showcasing NetApp All Flash FAS in our FlexPod Datacenter solutions. This summer, the FlexPod team is bolstering agility and performance of the FlexPod portfolio with Cisco UCS M4 servers, NetApp All Flash FAS, and best practices for leading workloads. NetApp All Flash FAS accelerates application performance with up to 20 times reduction in latency. Cisco UCS Servers, such as the Cisco UCS B460 M4 blade server, deliver superior performance and stability for your FlexPod workloads, and have set over 100 world-record benchmarks. The new validated solutions include virtual desktop, database, backup, and updates to base infrastructure.

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This week we welcome NetApp IT to the show again to discuss data governance and how they’re applying security policies to data inside our own organization.  Ensuring that your data is not just protected, but also secure, is an important, but often overlooked, aspect of any deployment.  But, Operational Point Objectives (OPO) take things a step further by defining the business impact associated with data.  The methodology used helps IT to quickly assess the needs of the infrastructure for backup and recovery by categorizing the data according to its impact.  Not only that, but the OPO data significantly improves the recovery plan in the event of a disaster by providing a clearly defined priority for services.

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If you follow NetApp IT blogs, you’ll know that we talk a lot about our strategy to take advantage of the compute elasticity offered by the public cloud while maintaining ownership of our data. But one question comes up repeatedly: How do we operationalize the cloud? How does our cloud strategy translate into operational excellence, especially when it comes to taking advantage of hyperscaler cloud resources?

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Cisco Live US 2016: It’s a wrap! Out here in Las Vegas, it’s been a whirlwind week of activity. We’ve spent the past few days sharing out our latest innovations, spending time with friends and business partners, and having some fun. (And, in the desert heat, rekindling our sense of appreciation for air conditioning!)

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