As the leader of the IT development group for NetApp’s critical business applications, I walk a fine line between rapidly developing and deploying new business features while maintaining a reliable environment for our users. Our ability to rapidly deliver new business capabilities without compromising application stability directly impacts the overall success of NetApp’s go-to-market efforts.
Data’s not getting smaller. It’s becoming more and more central to everything we do in every industry. Although I may be new to NetApp, I’ve been in this business in various forms for more than 20 years, and right now, we’re at an inflection point. There are changing needs from companies and customers for all kinds of business and regulatory and external reasons. There are changing IT styles, cloud approaches, on premises and hybrid models to choose from, and there are new technologies such as flash and SMR (shingled magnetic recording) disk. All of these things are happening at the same time, which is a once-in-a-lifetime event.
I’ve written previously about the value of data and the importance of how organizations develop their data fabric strategy. To that end, let’s discuss the six fundamental components every CIO must consider for maintaining and ensuring the continuity of their data, and ultimately supporting their organization’s business goals. These are, in no particular order...
Data protection is critical to any enterprise storage device, and even more so to the business.Losing data is almost always directly equivalent to losing money, consequentially it should be one of the first things that is evaluated when considering a storage device.NetApp, in addition to RAID-DP, and the high availability architecture of our storage devices, also has a bevy of software which provides application integration for data protection.This software coordinates quiescing the application and taking SnapShots at the NetApp array level to ensure that the data is consistent and maintains it’s integrity.