The new NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) 8000 series storage array would be gaining traction with customers who are restructuring their data centers as part of their roadmap to embrace the cloud. To help enterprises effectively make the transition to a hybrid cloud future, NetApp has announced new customer support programs.
“The cloud is creating a new wave of data center consolidation as customers plan for their transition to the hybrid cloud,” said Lee Caswell, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, NetApp. “They are thinking ‘flash first’ for performance and efficiency gains, but are wary of new architectures that create isolated data siloes. NetApp‘s AFF series solves this challenge for our customers with the only system capable of seamless data management across flash, disk, and cloud resources. For our channel partners, the AFF offers an easy onramp to the cloud that maintains the enterprise-grade capabilities and investment protection their customers demand.”
Highlights of the new support program NetApp’s All Flash FAS (AFF) 8000 series storage array would include:
- Free Controller Upgrade – Customers who purchase a three-year SupportEdge Premium contract1 by December 31, 2015, are eligible for a new AFF controller free of charge as part of the renewal process.
- Extended Support Price Protection – This offer enables customers to extend their standard three-year warranty and support for up to four more years. Customers can choose this option at point of sale or during renewal.2
- New AFF Series Model – The new 6U model of the AFF8080 EX is a smaller-form-factor version of NetApp‘s top-of-the line unified all-flash array. It delivers the full range of enterprise-grade capabilities with up to a 40% reduction in footprint. Available now, the new model can be set up to address mainstream SAN workloads in as little as 15 minutes. Qualified partners and customers can request risk-free trial systems to quickly and easily see the impact of flash performance on their own workloads.