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Flash is no longer the new kid on the block. In a relatively short period of time, it has gone from novelty to the primary source of performance in the data center. Furthermore, with traditional 10k spinning hard disk drives (HDDs) going the way of the dinosaur, flash is well on the way to becoming the standard technology for much of our data. That said, the conventional wisdom that “flash changes everything” simply ain’t so. The imperatives for managing your data on flash remain largely unchanged. You still need to serve data with reliability, to protect your data, and to deliver IT services across a range of requirements, regardless of the media under it. Standardization on flash has not changed that.

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Sometimes it feels like an impossible mission: keeping your organizations' critical services protected—backed up, highly available, and quickly recoverable. This is especially true as business expectations keep rising, more systems are becoming critical, and overall complexity is threatening to derail your existing backup and DR plans. And of course, you already know that there is no “one size fits all” solution for protecting the enterprise: some services can tolerate less downtime and data loss than others, but you still need to match the protection level to the right architecture.

 

If this topic aligns with a key initiative at your organization, here is your invitation: Join the mission team. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to keep your organization’s critical infrastructure safe. Together, we will find the right mix of availability and cost, align recovery capabilities with recovery objectives, and sure, let’s save money and kill complexity while we’re at it.

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IT modernization and cloud are driving new requirements for data protection. We are already seeing backup solutions leveraging public cloud, and disaster recovery solutions will quickly follow suit.

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At NetApp, our engineering IT team recently deployed an large-scale virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) aimed at increasing security, flexibility, and mobility for all of our engineering workforce.  As a part of this, the Customer-0 team, an engineering program which deploys the latest Data ONTAP operating systems to perform testing and validation before anyone else, is taking advantage of All-Flash FAS and the latest enhancements to clustered Data ONTAP to ensure that the VDI performs exceptionally well under all conditions.

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In 2012 NetApp set forth on a new global data center strategy to support future business growth while also increasing the availability, resiliency, and efficiency of our global business applications. Our four-year roadmap included a plan to vacate a colocation data center and migrate the applications to our new production data center in Hillsboro, Oregon. Over the past four years we have had to address a few bumps on the road that taught us the importance of being flexible during any large data center migration.

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