NetApp completes midmarket revamp, rolls out cloud backup

NetApp launches FAS2220 midmarket system as well as a data protection service via resellers.

NetApp on Tuesday rolled out new storage systems for midsized businesses including hardware and cloud services.

The new products are an extension of NetApp's Nov. 2011 launches aimed at the midmarket, which the storage player defines as companies with 100 to 1,000 employees.

Specifically, NetApp launched the FAS2220. The addition joins FAS2240, one of the fastest adopted NetApp launches. NetApp starts its midsized storage systems under $8,000 and offers perks to manage more data per person.

With the FAS2220 launch, NetApp has revamped its entire midmarket storage portfolio, said Jim Sangster, senior director of solutions marketing at NetApp.

The FAS2220 starts at 180TB relative to the 432TB FAS2240. The FAS2220 includes the latest OnCommand System Manager and the ability to pool resources. In addition, the FAS2220 includes "Flash Pool" technology that moves data to solid state Flash drives for hot data. Flash Pool technology is designed to speed up applications such as email, server and desktop virtualization and databases, said Sangster.

As for the cloud services, NetApp introduced a data protection offering. The Cloud Data Protection Service is designed to replace legacy tape backups and free up admin requirements. The data protection cloud service will be offered via resellers exclusively.

Sangster said that large enterprises have been rolling out private cloud. At the midmarket level, however, companies are going right to public cloud services for services like CRM, backup and email, he added.

NetApp's data protection service will be priced by resellers. Sangster said that partners will be able to offer data protection well even though midmarket customers may already be used to buying direct. NetApp's Sangster said that data protection services are more closely connected to the hardware purchase.

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