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Discover the 8 Must-Haves to Optimize Your Storage Transformation

One unique feature of technology is its obsolescence factor. Solutions that were once unprecedented innovations just a couple years become so obsolete that you can’t give them away. This is especially true when it comes to IT storage. The amount of data that companies are creating and needing to store has grown exponentially over the past few years and it’s not slowing down, quite the opposite. New workloads, such as data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and deep learning (DL), demand extreme performance that first-generation flash systems can’t deliver. And if you’re on the path to adopting a cloud-first strategy, you need enterprise-grade data services to support your efforts from core to cloud.

All-in with all-flash storage

A fundamental first step in undertaking any IT transformation is to refresh your storage infrastructure with high performance all-flash storage to improve speed and responsiveness for critical business applications. All-flash arrays provide robust data services, integrated data protection, seamless scalability, and new levels of performance, as well as deep application and cloud integration.

However, not every storage solution is the same. To help you narrow down the contenders for your refresh dollars, we’ve compiled a list of the 8 key features that you must have to get the most out of your storage investment.

1 – Must meet your current needs and future-proof your infrastructure
Does it optimize the performance of your current business-critical workloads, as well as provide flexible scalability to grow along with your business and enable you to take on new data-driven initiatives?

2 – Must keep data available, protected, and secure
Does it protect your data from both internal and external threats, ensure data availability, eliminate maintenance disruptions, and enable you to quickly recover from failures?

3 – Must increase operational efficiency
Does it simplify IT operations to make your budget go further and enable your in-house IT resources to focus on new value-added projects rather than on day-to-day IT management?

4 – Must simplify data management
Does it provide seamless data management across clouds (public, private, and hybrid) and on-premises environments to streamline data services, data tiering, caching, and disaster recovery?

5 – Must enable business continuity and fast disaster recovery
Does it maintain constant data availability with zero data loss and zero downtime, especially when disaster strikes, or a breach occurs?

6 – Must scale without disruption
Does it integrate easily with new technologies and private or public cloud without interrupting workflows or slowing your business down?

7 – Must be able to quickly provision
How long does it take to provision new storage to keep up with growing demand—a day, an hour, or minutes?

8 – Must provide outstanding storage savings
Does it provide substantial additional space savings—without affecting performance—enabling you to purchase the least amount of storage capacity possible?

Extreme performance right out of the gate

Powered by NetApp ONTAP data management software, NetApp AFF A-Series all-flash storage systems deliver the industry’s highest performance, superior flexibility, and best-in-class data services and cloud integration to help you accelerate, manage, and protect business-critical data across your hybrid cloud.

A wide range of organizations, from enterprise to midsize businesses, rely on AFF A-Series to:

  • Simplify operations with seamless data management, on-premises and in the cloud.
  • Accelerate traditional and new-generation applications.
  • Quickly provision storage through deep integration with your critical business applications
  • Achieve better effective capacity for any workload.
  • Eliminate storage silos and painful data migrations while scaling performance and capacity.

The only NetApp partner you’ll ever need

As a NetApp Gold Partner with decades of experience, iTBlueprint combines cloud expertise and proven reliability to support your storage refresh. With all that we have to offer, we truly are the only NetApp partner you will ever need, and better yet ever want to work with.

Our focus is on expanding your business possibilities through your IT investments. We empower businesses to rethink the future, embrace cloud, and get the most out of their data with a foundation to store, manage, and protect it anywhere. That’s our promise.

You don’t have to settle for just any storage solution. Refresh the right way with iTBlueprint and NetApp. Let’s get started.

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