NetApp adds in-line dedupe to all-flash FAS arrays

Supports 3.8TB SSDs

NetApp has updated its Clustered Data ONTAP OS to support in-line deduplication and 3.8TB SSDs.

Inline deduplication means data is deduplicated as it lands on the array instead of being initially stored in its full form and then having later, post-process deduplication applied to it. In-line deduplication is more space-efficient and requires CPU resources for dedupe to be supplied as data lands on the array.

This inline dedupe complements the existing post-process dedupe and inline compression. NetApp is late to the inline dedupe party, as most if not all of its all-flash array competitors offer inline deduplication already.

Simultaneously NetApp is supporting 3.8TB SSDs and says that these, with dedupe, compression and other ONTAP storage efficiencies, enable it to give customers flash performance for the price of traditional high-performance disk - meaning 15K drives, we understand, versus NetApp managed flash, as measured by $/GB capacity.

Recently Pure Storage said it was offering flash at a $1.50/GB cost. NetApp isn't supplying a representative $/GB figure.

This version of ONTAP also has Copy-free transition, which allows customers to move to clustered Data ONTAP with in-place data conversion.

The company has also extended its 3X Performance Guarantee, first announced in the United States. Selected All Flash FlexPod systems are also now included in the programme, which is available in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Israel, Sweden, Japan, Australia, India, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Data Fabric additions

NetApp has also extended its set of Data Fabric offerings, under which its software is developing to provide a continuous data management service covering both on-premises and public cloud environments. It has announced:

  • StorageGRID Webscale adds NFS and CIFS protocol support. A single global name space includes support for OpenStack Swift APIs, multi-tenancy, geo-dispersed erasure coding and metadata search.
  • NetApp SnapCenter software enables backup to NetApp Private Storage solutions and integration with NetApp Cloud ONTAP software.
  • NetApp Private Storage (NPS) allows users to integrate cloud compute resources with on- or-off-premises storage. With NPS customer data is protected and managed separately for performance and compliance, while public cloud servers are rented as needed to support workload scaling and quick provisioning.
  • Enhanced Professional Services for Disaster Recovery s provide customers with the expertise that they need to deploy NetApp MetroCluster or SnapMirror disaster recovery systems with fast failover and synchronous or asynchronous replication at a remote site.
  • Commvault IntelliSnap for NetApp replaces NetApp SnapProtect software and provides the same functional features and controller-based licensing, plus integration into Commvault environments.

The addition of file support to StorageGRID Webscale, the object storage offering, adds functionality to that product hat many other object storage products have had for some time. It seems that the updating of NetApp software to add lagging features is accelerating. Sunnyvale may be speeding up. ®

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