NetApp is engaged in providing software, systems and services to manage and store customer data. The Company offers a portfolio of products and services to a range of customer workloads across various data types and deployment models. NetApp enables customers to achieve both data control and choice in information technology (IT) deployment models in the hybrid cloud, which is called the data fabric. Its data management solutions enable customers on-premises or in a public cloud resource to control, integrate, move and manage it. It offers both all-flash arrays and hybrid flash arrays and its portfolio includes hybrid and all-flash storage offerings. The Company also offers FlexPod solutions for workloads, such as big data, HPC and video analytics that integrate Hadoop. Its scale-out fabric-attached storage (FAS) platform uses the NetApp Data ONTAP storage operating system. Its Data ONTAP software delivers integrated data protection, data management and software for virtualized, shared infrastructures, cloud computing and mixed workload business applications.
The Company markets and sells its products in various countries throughout the world. Its customer base spans industry segments and vertical markets, such as energy, financial services, Government, high technology, Internet, life sciences, healthcare services, manufacturing, media, entertainment, animation, video postproduction and telecommunications. NetApp focuses on the data management and storage markets. NetApp sells its products and services to end user business customers and service providers through a direct sales force and partners.
NetApp's E-Series platform with SANtricity storage management software offers storage for storage area networks workloads. The Company offers hybrid and all-flash configurations of both E-Series and FAS platforms. Its FlashRay all-flash array system runs the Mars operating system, which is designed to manage all-flash storage architectures used in enterprise application environments.
NetApp offers E-Series storage arrays for storage area network (SAN) workloads. Its customers choose E-Series for general purpose computing, content repositories, video surveillance and computing workloads. It also offers a mix of flash and disk to provide performance for capacity-intensive applications, such as e-mail, SharePoint, computing, data warehousing and video.
Flash Systems and Technologies
NetApp integrates flash technology across its FAS and E-Series storage platforms, in all-flash and hybrid configurations, and offers FlashRay all-flash array. NetApp all-flash arrays deliver extreme input/output operations per second (IOPS). NetApp offers three platforms in its all-flash portfolio: NetApp EF-Series, which is a platform with operating system for I/O-intensive workloads. EF-Series meets customer needs for latency-sensitive databases and SAN workloads that leverage application-based data management features. The EF560 offers the absolute and consistent latency, bandwidth and IOPS critical to enterprise database and analytics applications; NetApp All-Flash FAS, which combines data protection, multiprotocol support, and non-disruptive operations. All-Flash FAS can be deployed as a standalone system with Data ONTAP software. It also can be deployed as a tier in a clustered Data ONTAP configuration with non-disruptive data mobility between tiers. FAS was built for consolidated workloads and is suited for customers in building shared storage infrastructures using clustered Data ONTAP, and NetApp FlashRay, which is the Company's architecture to deliver protection and data management. It designed FlashRay arrays, which enable tight integration with Data ONTAP. NetApp offers flash storage in the form of hybrid arrays, which uses a mix of flash and hard disk drives (HDD).
NetApp's Data ONTAP storage operating system is a storage platform that supports various mixes of SAN and NAS environments. Its platform is compatible with UNIX, Linux, Windows and Web environments. Its clustered Data ONTAP software enables data movement across multiple cloud environments. The NetApp SANtricity operating System is built for SAN delivers data to enterprise SAN applications. It provides data protection for application-driven workloads that run on NetApp EF-Series and E-Series platforms. In addition, SANtricity Storage Manager offers an interface for administering E-Series storage systems.
The NetApp OnCommand storage management software portfolio incorporates a range of data management tools for NetApp and multivendor storage. These products help its customers' transition to the hybrid cloud. The portfolio includes OnCommand Cloud Manager, which provides a management interface for NetApp Cloud ONTAP service and NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Cloud solutions. It allows customers to manage and track cloud resources within Amazon Web Services (AWS), and provision and monitor Cloud ONTAP instances from one central console; OnCommand Workflow Automation, which automates repeatable manual storage-management processes and also enables users to construct, customize, publish and activate a range of storage workflows, including automation and deployment of applications from VMware, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP and Citrix, among others; OnCommand Unified Manager provides a single dashboard to confirm the health of clustered Data ONTAP storage availability, capacity, performance and data protection relationships and integrates with OnCommand Workflow Automation to automate storage tasks and data protection processes; OnCommand System Manager, which is developed for midsize organizations or smaller environments within larger enterprises and service providers, delivers device-level management for NetApp FAS storage systems, and OnCommand Insight storage resource management, which provides end-to-end multivendor storage management, with a view of performance metrics, including application, datastore, virtual machine, and storage infrastructure performance.
NetApp StorageGRID software allows organizations to store and manage massive amounts of data across the world, on premises and in the cloud. StorageGRID Webscale is a software-defined storage solution for large archives, media repositories and Web data stores. The StorageGRID Webscale policy engine provides automated data placement across storage tiers, physical sites and hybrid clouds. Real-time auditing provides monitoring for service-level agreement verification and reporting. NetApp supports Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) as a storage tier to StorageGRID Webscale.
NetApp SteelStore Cloud-native Backup Solution and Integrated Backup Appliance
NetApp's SteelStore integrated storage allows customers to back up their data to both private and public cloud environments. It offers three SteelStore solutions as Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), which provides backs up cloud-based workloads.
FlexArray Storage Virtualization Software
NetApp's FlexArray storage virtualization software runs on the FAS8020, FAS8040, FAS8060 and FAS8080 EX systems. FlexArray software virtualizes existing EMC, HP, Hitachi and NetApp E-Series arrays to unify IT operations. It helps customers implement a software-defined storage strategy across heterogeneous storage assets by data management. Its customers can transform existing arrays to create storage that spans private, public and hybrid clouds.
The FlexPod solution portfolio combines NetApp storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System servers, and Cisco Nexus fabric into a single architecture. Its options in the FlexPod portfolio include FlexPod Datacenter converged infrastructure, which involve designs for enterprise private clouds, as well as software-defined data centers (SDDCs), unified scale-out storage, virtual desktop infrastructure, databases, multi-tenancy and data protection; FlexPod Express, which reduces complexity for smaller enterprises by consolidating the entire IT infrastructure on a single platform, and FlexPod Select, which delivers preconfigured components for deployment of workloads, such as big data, computing, databases and data warehouses.
NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Cloud
NetApp's Private Storage for Cloud solutions enables customers to connect to the clouds they want. The customer-owned NetApp system is co-located in data centers managed by its partner, Equinix. Equinix has data centers located next to networks and in close proximity to cloud providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer.
NetApp is supports the creation of an open-source cloud operating system. OpenStack produces an open-source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. NetApp storage integration with OpenStack makes deployment of cloud services.