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NetApp flashes numbers at rivals: NAND we're eating your dinner

All flash arrays made up just 14 per cent of NetApp's installed base, up from 10 per cent last year, but the firm expects NAND price declines to push that number up higher. Net App's flash array business was a big contributor to its $1.47bn sales haul for its Q1 ended 28 July, up 11 per cent on prior year quarter. "[A]s the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2018
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AI, caramba: NetApp pits scaly A800 ONTAP beast against Pure's AIRI fairy

The clash of the million-dollar AI titans resumes. NetApp has designed an ONTAP AI architecture based on its topline A800 flash array and Nvidia DGX-1 to try to win fat-pocketed customers away from Pure and Nvidia's AIRI AI system-in-a-box. Fairy in the woods If you've got $1m+ to blow on AI, meet Pure, Nvidia's AIRI fairy: A …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2018
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NFSaaS becomes ‘Azure NetApp Files’ as ONTAP-on-Azure debuts

Microsoft’s Azure cloud has turned on a preview of “Azure NetApp Files”, which readers may recall was NetApp teased in October 2017. The service is a bit late: NetApp called for pilot users back in November 2017 and said it would “be available for public preview in early 2018”. We’re pretty sure July 12 doesn’t count as early …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2018

NetApp system zips past IBM monolith in all-flash array benchmark scrap

Analysis NetApp has beaten IBM's biggest, baddest all-flash storage box in an industry-standard benchmark. IBM's DS8888 scored 1,500,187 IOPS on the SPC-1 v3 benchmark, while NetApp's A800 did 2,401,171 IOPS – 60 per cent faster. The SPC-1 benchmark tests shared external storage performance in a test designed to simulate real-world …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jul 2018
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If you're NetApp-y and you know it, clap your hands. If you're app-y and you know it...

NetApp is adding application layers to its FlexPod stack, and developing a managed service version. Flexpod installations typically integrate Cisco UCS servers, Nexus switches, MDS directors, and NetApp ONTAP boxes, such as the A300 and A700 all-flash and hybrid (flash-and-disk) storage arrays. Now, FlexPod is going vertical …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jun 2018
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When it comes to AI, Pure twists FlashBlade in NetApp's A700 guts

Pure Storage's AIRI FlashBlade is faster than NetApp's A700 all-flash array, according to two AI benchmark runs. The two suppliers have both designed tech using Nvidia DGX-1 GPU servers and their own storage arrays to provide storage-server systems for "AI" applications such as deep learning. Pure's deliverable hardware- …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jun 2018
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AI, AI, Pure: Nvidia cooks deep learning GPU server chips with NetApp

NetApp and Nvidia have introduced a combined AI reference architecture system to rival the Pure Storage-Nvidia AIRI system. Fairy in the woods If you've got $1m+ to blow on AI, meet Pure, Nvidia's AIRI fairy: A hyperconverged beast READ MORE It is aimed at deep learning and, unlike FlexPod (Cisco and NetApp's converge …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jun 2018

Dell EMC 'years behind' in everything from flash to cloud, hoots NetApp CEO

NetApp has reported full-year revenues for 2018 of $5.91bn, an increase of 7 per cent over fiscal 2017 and the first annual growth it has seen since 2015. Profits for the 12 months shrank to $76m, down from $509m a year ago – NetApp blamed a one-time $850m charge under the 2017 US Tax Reform Reconciliation Act for the fall. …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2018

NetApp goes all in on Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics

NetApp has announced a real biggie for storage wonks: support for Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics (FC-NVMe) access to all-flash ONTAP arrays using Brocade gear. The firm also released a faster flash array, deeper public-private cloud integration, plus an object storage update. NetApp claimed it now has the first …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2018
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From far from good to good from AFA: Flash array floggers jostle for position

Huawei came out of nowhere in 2017's fourth quarter all-flash array sales race, flogging 10 times as much kit as it did the year before, meanwhile NetApp more than quadrupled its A-Series sales. OK, both jumps are from small bases – $7.3m and $46.8m respectively – but the growth, to $84.1m in Huawei's case, shows buyers are …
Chris Mellor, 9 Apr 2018
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NetApp’s third quarter revenues charge forward

George Kurian’s NetApp reported strong third quarter numbers all-flash arrays leading the way to set NetApp up for its first full year annual growth since 2015. Revenue of $1.52bn was eight per cent more than the $1.4bn recorded a year ago. GAAP net income was a loss of $506mn, caused by the recent US tax law changes, with …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2018
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Make it rain: NetApp sets up Cloud Infrastructure biz unit

NetApp is setting up a Cloud Infrastructure business unit, giving it FlexPod, SolidFire and StorageGRID, and hiring a cloud services hotshot to run it. Brad Anderson is said hotshot, a NetApp outsider, coming in from being President and COO of Gravitant, a cloud services brokerage company, which IBM bought in November 2015. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018
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SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark smashed by storage newbie

NVMe-over-Fabrics fanboy startup E8 has whupped other suppliers' behinds with a SPEC SFS2014 filer benchmark. It is the software build section of the benchmark, which measures the number of software builds and the overall response time. The previous record holder was NetApp, with 520 builds and a 1.04 second overall response …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018

Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no

Analysis Is the performance sapping spectre of the X86 Spectre/Meltdown bug fixes hanging over SAN storage arrays? The general assumption is "yes" but five suppliers say not. You would expect SANs to need patching; they run their controller software on X86 servers after all. UK storage architect Chris Evans writes: “Patching against …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2018

NetApp's back, baby, flaunting new tech and Azure cloud swagger

Analysis There's a new energy at NetApp. The Microsoft Azure NFS deal was a great confidence booster, and the two recent acquisitions of Greenqloud and Plexistor provide stepping stones to a high-performance, on-premises storage future and a stronger hybrid cloud play. We were briefed at NetApp Insight in Berlin by co-founder Dave Hitz …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2017
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NetApp: You went all-flash, you never should've, um.. Well done

While still well short of its fiscal 2015 revenue glory days, NetApp has said its all-flash array sales are on fire, and expects more of the same. Revenues of $1.42bn in its second fiscal 2018 quarter were 6 per cent up year-on-year and 6.7 per cent higher sequentially. This beat Wall Street's $1.38bn consensus. Profits (GAAP …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2017

NetApp and Fujitsu NFLEX: More details emerge about European HCI tryst

Analysis More details have emerged about the Fujitsu NetApp NFLEX converged system and about Fujitsu's HCI strategy, which might preclude it selling the NetApp HCI. Fujitsu has agreed it has no deal planned in that direction. NFLEX is a converged infrastructure (CI) system with pre-integrated and tested Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers, …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2017
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I'll admit, NetApp's NVMe fabric-accessed array sure has SAS, but it could be zippier

Analysis NetApp's E570 array supports NVMe over fabrics yet it does not use NVMe drives, potentially slowing data access. The E-Series all-flash E570 was launched in September, with a sub-100µs latency number through its support of NVMe-over-fabric access. It used RDMA over InfiniBand to its 24 flash drives, and this enables accessing …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017

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