Since releasing the NetApp Virtual Storage Appliance, Data ONTAP Edge, we’re experiencing tremendous demand for our software-based storage platform. It seems an organic wave of solutions innovation has permeated our customer base and partner ecosystem and frankly speaking, it has been nothing short of amazing.
Today I have the privilege of sharing one such area of innovation engineered for a number of our US Public Sector customers.
Data ONTAP Edge in combination with VMware vSphere is being made on available as a low-cost, tactical mobile data center solution that runs on a ‘ruggedized’ small form-factor server the size of a box of Kleenex. This mobile datacenter in a box is as full featured as a traditional datacenter yet is designed for installation under the seat of military and emergency vehicles. This new and innovative solution is perfect for front-line missions, public transit surveillance, SWAT and emergency response mobile command posts, and many other ConOps.
The Field Enabled Datacenter
The mobility of this solution allows Data ONTAP Edge to capture information at the edge – the point of data origination. Designed to operate in mobile and harsh environments, this solution operates independently, without being connected to command or datacenters.
Data ONTAP Edge provides native data deduplication and FlexClone® software and vCenter integration like a physical NetApp storage platform. These technologies are key to reducing the hardware requirements, thus increasing the density of the datacenter density resulting in the small form factor.
NetApp Snapshot and SnapVault® software provide integrated disk-to-disk backup with a bandwidth efficient replication mechanism which provides resiliency and availability in the field and the means to transfer information to a command post. Once the information is stored on a physical NetApp storage system it may be analyzed and archived for future use.
What Are You Waiting For?
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and scale to meet changing needs. You may be thinking of a dozen use cases where Data ONTAP Edge can solve a difficult challenge, increase productivity or lowering costs. If this is the case why not reach out to your local NetApp representative to find out how easy it is to set up a flexible datacenter solution.
Data ONTAP Edge is also available for a 90 day evaluation. Simply register and download Data ONTAP Edge and in addition you will receive links to download OnCommand Systems Manager and the Virtual Storage Console plug-in for VMware vCenter Server.