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Organizations of all sizes face challenges in handling vast amounts of data and streamlining their storage operations as data storage becomes increasingly complex and costly. Meanwhile, it isn't easy to find solutions that meet various on-premises requirements and integrate well with public cloud platforms.

That is why we're excited to partner with NetApp to offer its Fabric Attached Storage (FAS) systems. NetApp FAS is a new breed of data storage platform that meets the needs of today's data-driven organizations. 

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What is NetApp Fabric Attached Storage (FAS)?

NetApp FAS is a cloud unified storage platform powered by NetApp ONTAP data management software. The storage systems feature integrated data protection, robust data management and built-in storage efficiency to offer a balance of performance and capacity.

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Benefits of NetApp FAS storage arrays

NetApp FAS systems are optimized for easy deployment and operations. They give you the flexibility you need to support business growth and cloud integration, along with the following benefits: 

  • NetApp FAS offers a unified system for storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS). You can provision storage quickly to meet growing demand while simplifying management. You can also scale capacity and performance with zero downtime and effortlessly integrate your storage system with public clouds.
  • NetApp Data Fabric technology enables automated data tiering to achieve low-cost object storage for on- or off-premises solutions. It also allows you to optimize storage infrastructure with predictive analytics and proactive care to reduce the total cost of ownership.
  • FAS storage protects sensitive information across your cloud environments, whether it is at rest or in transit within NetApp's portfolio of security capabilities. Its application-consistent data protection replicates data to safeguard against data loss and accelerate recovery to ensure business continuity even during maintenance, failures and site disasters.
  • NetApp's robust storage systems meet various privacy standards, including GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), by cryptographically shredding and sanitizing individual files. FAS also protects against weak administrative passwords with multifactor authentication (MFA) and validates authorized users with role-based access control (RBAC).

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NetApp FAS use cases

From backup and recovery to content collaboration, here's how FAS storage supports businesses of any size:

High-volume unstructured data

NetApp FAS can support large files common in media and entertainment, EDA (Exploratory Data Analysis), CAD/CAE and medical imaging. You can achieve better control over your content while eliminating siloed repositories that may constrain production. By consolidating storage silos into a data fabric, you can improve performance and meet fast-growing capacity needs.

FAS storage also helps speed up access to disparate content. You can process massive content repositories with the ability to scale up quickly using disk, flash and hybrid storage within a single namespace. The high-efficiency storage allows you to reliably capture live content from multiple sources and support hundreds of streams in a combined post-production and delivery environment. 

Distributed enterprise

As a unified cloud storage platform, NetApp FAS allows you to consolidate SAN and NAS workloads so you can manage data cost-efficiently. The remote-to-core infrastructure enables employees to access files and information from anywhere, supporting the growth of distributed enterprise in today's work-from-anywhere business environment. 

Backup and disaster recovery

NetApp SnapCenter simplifies backup, restore and clone management across applications and infrastructures. The storage-based data management platform allows you to increase performance and availability while accelerating application and database development. Meanwhile, you can monitor and regulate all the activities in the storage systems to preserve data integrity.

NetApp SnapMirror can replicate data at high speeds over local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN). It supports high data availability and fast data replication for business-critical applications to ensure that your data is always up-to-date and available whenever you need it. You can transport data seamlessly among NetApp storage systems and recover data from any point-in-time "snapshots."

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Tap into the power of NetApp FAS

WWT is a leading provider of NetApp's data management portfolio solutions. As a certified Star partner, we help organizations optimize their IT environments by implementing NetApp's hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, all-flash storage, advanced converged infrastructure and big data analytics solutions. 

We are in lockstep with NetApp's data-driven and digital transformation vision of the "Data Fabric" to deliver data wherever and whenever you want it through a seamless hybrid multi-cloud experience. Get in touch to learn more and see how we can support your implementation.