NetApp Academic Promotion


Q Associates is pleased to announce exceptional Academic pricing for the full range of NetApp Storage and Data Management solutions.

Promotional pricing is available to qualifying Education & Research organisations for orders placed with Q Associates by 31st August 2016.


Offers include:

  • FAS Series Unified Storage Platform, including All-Flash FAS (AFF) Systems.
  • E-Series High Bandwidth, Data Intensive Storage Systems.
  • EF560 Series NetApp All-Flash Arrays.
  • NetApp ONTAP 9 Data Management Software.
  • FlexPod – Award-winning Private Cloud & Converged Infrastructure Platforms.


Trade-in and upgrade allowances are also available for organisations wishing to upgrade or trade-in legacy NetApp or competitive storage equipment.

#1 EMEA Flash Provider
NetApp is a world-leading provider of storage, data management and converged infrastructure solutions. They were recently named #1 provider of flash storage technology in EMEA with a number of cost-effective upgrades now available for existing customers to embrace flash technology across their NetApp environment.

For full pricing and configuration details, please call 01635 248181 or contact one of our NetApp specialists using the link below:




NASA Johnson Space Center Protects Critical Data with NetApp



AltaVault enables NASA to protect mission-critical data, optimise cloud footprint and drive down cost

“With one of the largest cloud footprints of any U.S. federal government agency, NASA had very specific requirements for how to support its backup to the cloud initiatives,” said Phil Brotherton, vice president, Data Fabric Group at NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP). “Following a proof of concept trial, NASA determined AltaVault was the best choice to protect its data, optimise its cloud footprint, and drive down cost.”

NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. It is home to the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments. The center plays a pivotal role in enhancing scientific and technological knowledge to benefit all of humankind.

They rely on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud to scale efficiently and elastically, enjoying the freedom and flexibility to store large volumes of data inexpensively. Faced with more than four petabytes of critical decision-making data from video, satellites, cameras and telescopes, NASA turned to NetApp for a more secure and efficient way to move, manage and protect their data.

Last year, NASA’s Informational Resources Directorate (IRD) ran a proof of concept to store backup data in the cloud with AWS to reduce costs. The IRD used its existing Veritas NetBackup environment and deployed two NetApp AltaVault appliances as the interface. The proof of concept was a success and the solution is now in production. In addition, IRD documented the lessons learned to share with other centers as best practices.

With NetApp AltaVault, NASA has been able to:

  • Secure data – To meet both federal and NASA regulations, JSC needed a solution that could keep their data secure at all time. AltaVault met this requirement due to its ability to ensure data encryption both in flight and at rest.
  • Drive down cost, optimise cloud footprint – JSC needed a solution that would not tax the institutional network. AltaVault met that requirement with a network impact less than what JSC initially expected. Additionally, deduplication and compression means that JSC can further optimise its cloud footprint and drive down costs.
  • Enjoy easy integration into existing infrastructure – Due to JSC’s large and complex backup infrastructure, it needed a solution that could complement its legacy NetBackup installation. To that end, JSC personnel installed the first unit without outside help.

NetApp recently released version 4.2 of AltaVault cloud-integrated storage. Version 4.2 has expanded the product’s open platform with the addition of new cloud targets, support for additional backup software, and the new KVM hypervisor for virtual appliances. Customers now have the opportunity to protect branch offices in the cloud with the new 2TB virtual appliance. For customers using NetBackup, AltaVault now supports Veritas OST. With each release AltaVault is delivering new functionality to provide customers, like NASA, an efficient, open, secure, and simple cloud backup solution.

More information:

To learn more about the game-changing capabilities of the NetApp AltaVault cloud-integrated storage appliance, you can contact one of our NetApp specialists below:


NetApp Ranked #2 in Worldwide All Flash Array Market Share for Q1 2016

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According to the IDC Q1 2016 Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) is growing much faster than the all flash array market as a whole and has gained market share versus the competition.

Key NetApp highlights:

  • Per IDC, NetApp all flash array revenue grew 238.2% year over year, 2.7 times faster than the market growth of 87.4% year over year.
  • Per IDC, NetApp moved to #2 from #4 in the tracker quarter over quarter, with 22.8% revenue market share, ahead of Pure, HPE, and IBM.
  • As of the end of its Q4FY2016, NetApp indicated:
  • Its all flash array business has grown to an annual net revenue run rate of more than $700 million.
  • Its All Flash FAS line has produced eight consecutive quarters of year over year triple digit unit growth.

“Flash solutions are changing the expectations and economics of enterprise IT,” said Brian Bakstran, acting Chief Marketing Officer, NetApp. “NetApp offers the industry’s broadest all flash portfolio, allowing customers to move toward an all flash data center while still using what they’ve already deployed and leveraging the cloud. Our new Flash Advantage 3-4-5 Program makes flash even more affordable, efficient, and risk-free – and we guarantee it.”


To find out how NetApp solutions can help your organisation, please contact one of our NetApp specialists using the link below:



4 Reasons to use Data Fabric for your Hybrid Cloud


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Despite data from IDG Research Services showing that 58% of data still resides in non-cloud environments, it would seem hybrid-clouds will rule the foreseeable future; IDC predicts that 80% of organisations expect to use some form of hybrid-cloud by the end of this year.

IT infrastructures are evolving and are no longer static entities marked by predictable growth. Forrester Research says hybrid-clouds are gaining widespread market adoption because they leverage existing IT resources while integrating into public and private cloud environments. They enable you to:

  • Retain greater visibility over your data.
  • Improve the customer experience.
  • You’re three times more likely to achieve your business goals. (IDG Research Services

Hybrid cloud: Jekyll and Hyde

The beauty of hybrid-cloud storage is that it leverages the power of cloud while recognising, and working, with its limitations. Effective hybrid-cloud storage combines all elements in your IT infrastructure to create greater overall value, better performance and cost-savings.


The problem with today’s hybrid-clouds is that they are a mix of isolated, incompatible data silos, which can make moving data from one cloud to another difficult. Analysis from IDG Research suggests 78% of cloud users say it’s critical or extremely important to manage data across multiple clouds.

So what can you do?

Data Fabric makes hybrid cloud work

Enabled by NetApp, Data Fabric seamlessly connects different environments across disparate clouds and on-premise solutions. It creates the best IT environment for your business, allowing you to innovate without constraints across your choice of hybrid cloud resources.

Enable your hybrid-cloud through Data Fabric to:

  • Benefit from common data services across your choice of resources.
  • Leverage the value of your data no matter where it resides.
  • Move data from one cloud to another, with ease.
  • Gain the data control and choice to realise the full potential of the hybrid-cloud.

NetApp’s Data Fabric customers are testament to the benefits it provides:

  • 100x increase in IT execution speed.
  • Disaster recovery without a data centre.
  • 100% of backup data in the cloud.

Discover more about Data Fabric and the impact it will have on your organisation.


NetApp Launch ONTAP 9


NetApp ONTAP 9 Software Simplifies Transition to Hybrid Cloud, Next-Generation Datacentre

Data management software integrates the best of traditional and emerging technologies to provide foundation for customers’ next-generation Data Fabric architecture

NetApp technology allows us to be nimble and react quickly to the often volatile changes in the energy sector,” said Hercu Rabsatt, director of infrastructure and service management, Mansfield Oil. “NetApp has been a key partner in helping us revolutionise our infrastructure for competitive advantage, tying our technology to our business strategy and remediating areas of risk. We’ve had zero downtime for our core business applications since moving them to NetApp ONTAP software. We can always service our customers.”

NetApp® (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the NetApp® ONTAP® 9 operating system, a major advance in enterprise data management software that combines new levels of simplicity and flexibility with powerful capabilities and efficiencies. With ONTAP 9 software, enterprises can quickly integrate the best of traditional and emerging technologies, incorporating flash, the cloud and software-defined architectures to build a Data Fabric foundation across on-premises and cloud resources.

Optimised for Flash
ONTAP 9 software is optimised for flash with improved performance and capacity utilisation. With this announcement, NetApp becomes the first all-flash array provider to offer customers 15TB solid state drives (SSDs), which are 50 percent larger than the largest hard-disk drives available today. NetApp also announced the FlashAdvantage 3-4-5 program, which includes the industry’s only guaranteed efficiency reduction of 4:1. This program makes it simple, cost effective, and low risk for customers to adopt flash.

New inline data compaction enables more data to fit in a smaller footprint and brings down the cost of flash beyond traditional compression and deduplication. This capability increases efficiency and makes NetApp all-flash systems extremely cost-effective compared to hard disk drive-based systems.

“As effective flash dollar-per-GB costs drop, flash deployment in the enterprise is accelerating,” said Eric Burgener, research director for IDC’s storage practice. “NetApp’s release of the industry’s first 15TB flash drive, combined with new storage efficiency technology features in ONTAP 9, continues to drive that cost down in a flash-optimized, enterprise-class storage platform that is well suited for the type of dense mixed workload consolidation that customers are increasingly looking to their trusted suppliers to deliver.”

“We’ve helped enterprise clients leverage flash to deliver greater performance, scalability, and availability. With the advent of ONTAP 9, 15TB SSDs and the FlashAdvantage 3-4-5 program, our clients will benefit from greater simplicity, flexibility, and cost savings and build a strong foundation to maximize the business value of IT,” said Jason Anderson, chief architect, Datalink.

Simplicity, Flexibility and Security Across Flash, Disk and Cloud Deployments
Users of ONTAP 9 software have three options to meet their needs. ONTAP 9 is targeted for general on-premises enterprise use, ONTAP Cloud (formerly NetApp Cloud ONTAP®) delivers enterprise-class data management in the cloud. The new ONTAP Select offers a software-only data management solution.

ONTAP 9 benefits include:

  • Simplicity—Easy to set-up and manage, ONTAP 9 can be deployed and serving data for critical workloads in as few as 10 minutes. Also, with enhanced system monitoring, enterprises can use it to centrally manage performance, capacity and data protection across their IT environment.

Flexibility—The ONTAP 9 software is the ideal platform for workload consolidation. The platform offers common data services across general purpose server hardware deployments as software defined storage (SDS) in addition to NetApp engineered systems, converged infrastructure, third-party arrays, next-to-the-cloud systems, and the cloud.

Security—Customers can achieve up to 100 times greater security against drive failures and meet stringent data retention policies with new triple-parity RAID protection and expanded storage encryption and compliance features.

“Supporting the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest particle accelerator in the world, and its experiments to study the basic constituents of matter, CERN’s database group has been using NetApp products since 2007,” said Miroslav Potocky, database storage service manager, in the IT department at CERN, one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research. “Since we started using NetApp clustered FAS systems, they have provided a scalable, stable, high performance environment for our databases, some of which have workloads with up to 1 million changes per second. By using NetApp infrastructure running ONTAP we are able to provide a solution for our most demanding storage use-cases and support CERN’s research program towards a better understanding of matter.”

“Customers struggling to add flash and cloud capabilities see ONTAP 9 as a powerful consolidation stress reliever that can be deployed with fewer skilled IT resources ,” said Lee Caswell, vice president, Product, Solutions and Services Marketing at NetApp. “ONTAP 9 delivers real economic value that reduces the cost of flash, introduces a cost-effective software consumption model, and standardizes data management across disk, flash and cloud resources. With ONTAP 9, we are helping customers and partners convert our feature innovations to business value.”

Contact one of our NetApp Specialists below to discover more about NetApp ONTAP 9.


NetApp announce SolidFire acquisition


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It’s no secret that NetApp’s journey to buy SolidFire has been a turbulent one. Despite initial rumours beginning late last year the acquisition wasn’t officially announced until early February. Now that the transaction excitement has died down, we take a look at what it really means for the industry and both current & future customers.

In a podcast early last year  NetApp’s CEO George Kurian admitted that NetApp’s current All-Flash array offering simply does not meet the needs to the market quick enough and as market leaders such as IBM and EMC developed their flash offering 2 years previous, the acquisition makes perfect sense for NetApp.

Most people in the industry will be aware of who SolidFire are but those that aren’t, they are an American All-Flash storage company. Despite being just 6 years old, they have been Gartner’s highest rated solid-state array for overall use for the past 2 years. SolidFire’s architectural design has gained a lot of positive attention over the years, mainly for managing to create cost efficient simple solutions out of complex problems.

SolidFire holds a unique position in a very competitive market as its AFA solution was designed with cloud providers in mind, therefore it comes as no surprise that it has recently been named the All-Flash system product of the year by Storage Magazine.

It’s no secret that cloud-style service provision is growing inside enterprises and flash arrays are the primary data storage of the future. Current and future customers of NetApp can now take advantage of utilising a leader in the cloud community that have extensive integrated storage management capabilities with OpenStack, VMware and many other cloud frameworks.

Furthermore for enterprises that are looking to transform their datacentres to support private cloud infrastructures, the storage control plane within SolidFire’s technology is one of the greatest benefits. The NetApp & SolidFire acquisition also allows customers to solve challenges around resource allocation, simplified management and application predictability at scale.

For the meantime SolidFire is set to run as an independent business unit within NetApp but it has already been stated that over time its products will be incorporate into NetApp’s data fabric strategy. When it is incorporated customers will be set to experience seamless data management across flash, disk and cloud resources.

It goes without saying NetApp are now in an extremely strong position with their new flash offering and the benefits for customers are significant.

If you’d like to know more about the acquisition benefits for your organisation you can contact one of our NetApp specialists below:



NetApp Announce 3x Special Offer


NetApp Flash storage 3 x performance guaranteed

Does your organisation suffer from slow application responsive times that affect revenue, productivity, or customer experience?

On Monday, NetApp announced a special offer for all-flash systems that could help businesses solve all of the above.

NetApp’s 3x offer is available for buyers of the select NetApp all-flash systems, with a guaranteed 3X increase in database performance compared to that of traditional, non-flash disk-based systems.

Performance Claim

NetApp guarantees that applications such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database can achieve 3 times more input/output can achieve 3 times more input/output operations per second at 1-milliesecond latency.

If customers fail to see the 3X increase in performance, NetApp will provide up to two days of FREE professional optimisation services.

Key Benefits

  • Best-in-class integrated data protection
  • Industry leading application ecosystem integration
  • Provides 3x or more IOPS and more transactions per second for database application than HDD-based storage
  • Future-proof investment with non-disruptive scale-out and cloud integration

Dramatically Speed Performance with NetApp All-Flash Systems

NetApp all-flash storage changes the way companies do business by dramatically speeding application performance, improving server efficiency, and shrinking time to value.

AFF Series

One of the fastest growing product lines in NetApp’s history.

It delivers enterprise-grade benefits that make all-flash systems ready for broad deployment and is ideal for shared virtualized environments.

AFF delivers seamless data management across flash, disk, and cloud resources.


Provides a streamlined architecture optimized for customers with low-latency workloads who prioritize performance efficiency and value.

Delivers optimal results for low-latency OLTP and OLAP environments in which storage services are delivered on application servers.

This special offer will be available from the 16th November 2015.

If would like to know more about the offer or learn from one of our NetApp specialist’s about how All-Flash could benefit your organisation please follow the link below.



NetApp gets serious about Flash!

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NetApp leads the flash market in pricing with its new all-flash storage array line.

The NetApp All Flash FAS 8000 line is tailored for enterprise buyers as it creates a solution to a problem many customers face – a competitively priced system that has all the benefits of all-flash but one that’s ready for broad enterprise deployment.

All-flash storage changes the way organisations do business by drastically speeding application performance and improving server efficiency. No longer will customers have to experiment with their solutions or deal without mainstream functions.

NetApp have eliminated the headache of trying to marry flash, enterprise data services, cloud-based storage and integration with disk-based storage. With the AFF8000 customers benefit from built-in data protection, multiprotocol support, scale-out performance, and seamless data movement from flash to disk to cloud.

Key Points

  • Scale out up to 24 nodes. Move workloads between on-premises and cloud tiers
  • Increase database performance with 20x faster response times.
  • Reduce storage by 5x to 10x with data-reduction technologies.
  • Achieve 6-month payback by saving on server and database licensing costs.
  • Support thousands of VDI users with storage costs as low as $39 per desktop.

Other features include quality of service, multi-tenancy, and NetApp’s best-in-class application integration for simplified configuration and management of SQL and Oracle databases, virtualized servers, and VDI workloads. On top of this customer’s achieve better ROI for the long term as a result of NetApp’s unique ability to seamlessly move data from flash to disk to cloud as it ages.

The AFF8000 line is built to take high-performance flash storage into the mainstream and alongside competitive price reductions it’s safe to say NetApp has taken Flash to the next level!

If you’d like to hear more about how your environment could benefit from NetApp’s new flash series, simply follow the link below:



NetApp adds EF560 & E5600 All-Flash and Hybrid Flash Arrays

NetApp adds EF560 & E5600 All-Flash and Hybrid Flash ArraysNetApp has added new all-flash and hybrid flash storage arrays to the E-Series line-up, with its EF560 and E5600 products.

The EF560 is an all-flash array with up to 192TB of raw capacity in a maximum of 120 flash drives. The E5600 products comprise three arrays – two of them hybrid flash – with capacities of up to 360TB, expandable to more than 2PB with expansion shelves.

The E-Series dates back to NetApp’s acquisition of Engenio in 2011, whose arrays were designed for spinning disk. They run the SanTricity operating system (version 8.20), which is a legacy of that pedigree.

NetApp has also added flash to its FAS filers, with all-flash and hybrid flash products, and embarked on the development of a flash operating environment, FlashRay, supposedly designed from the ground up.

NetApp said FlashRay will deliver low latency, high input/output operations per second IOPS ratings, and premium features such as data deduplication, compression, snapshots and replication. It is also said to support object data management, scale-out clustering and triple-level cell (TLC) flash.