New AltaVault® solutions and services help customers unlock cloud economics, while preserving existing investments in their backup strategy

SUNNYVALE, CA — May 27, 2015 — / — In today’s business environment, traditional backup is slow, risky, expensive, and complex. Users expect instant recovery and minimal data loss, but IT struggles to keep pace using legacy backup and recovery strategies. To meet these demands, today NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) introduced NetApp® AltaVault®, previously SteelStore, cloud-integrated storage solutions and services, which will provide customers with the ability to quickly backup data to any cloud at up to 90 percent less cost than on-premises solutions.

The enterprise backup storage footprint is growing, yet budgets and acquisition costs remain flat and bandwidth costs and constraints become more acute with larger datasets. Adding to these challenges, many organizations still rely on tape, increasing the risk of lost media in transport and leading to increased downtime, data loss and the inability to adequately test disaster recovery procedures.

“A hybrid cloud backup strategy incorporating NetApp AltaVault solutions delivers compelling economics, speed and security so organizations can meet their backup and recovery service levels,” said Phil Brotherton, vice president, Cloud Solutions Group, NetApp. “Data lifecycle solutions like AltaVault are key elements of NetApp’s vision for a data fabric, which gives customers the confidence that no matter where their data lives, they can control, integrate, move, secure and consistently manage it.”

“Nearly half of organizations, when asked if they could start over, would change their approach to data protection,” says Jason Buffington, senior analyst for data protection at ESG. “And for many, ‘the cloud’ will be part of that data protection transformation. In fact, 88 percent of respondents to a recent ESG survey cited ‘cloud extensibility’ as important, very important or critical for their future data protection strategy. Customers of all sizes that are looking to easily add cloud-storage to their existing (or new) data protection topology would be well served to look at cloud-gateways that are specifically designed for data protection scenarios – like NetApp’s AltaVault.”

The new AltaVault solution, which includes physical, virtual (VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V), and cloud-based (AWS and Azure) appliances, addresses the customers challenges while integrating with existing backup software to preserve prior investments.

Benefits include:

  • Industry-Leading Data Reduction: inline deduplication and compression, resulting in up to a 30:1 data reduction ratio, which means less data is stored in the cloud allowing the customer to send it there more quickly.
  • Extended Choice: AltaVault now offers the flexibility to choose the scalable offering that is right for you: physical, virtual, or cloud-based appliances in the AWS or Azure clouds. AltaVault appliances are more than six times more scalable than those of any other competitor in the cloud-integrated storage market, meaning organizations can store more critical data, and get it back more quickly when needed[1].
  • Seamless integration: AltaVault integrates easily with NetApp SnapProtect® and the backup software of the customer’s choosing. AltaVault solutions and services can send backup data to all leading public and private cloud storage providers.

Our new AltaVault solutions will include an extended services offering and help optimize IT operations by providing performance support for the backup and archive environment throughout knowledge transfer, on-site and remote troubleshooting and customized proactive care. In addition, NetApp experts will help customers’ build a roadmap for data protection that aligns to their business needs and requirements to identify and prioritize data that is suitable for the cloud. The outcome is a solution-based proposal with actionable recommendations tied to an overall cloud strategy.

Services from NetApp and its partners help customers take advantage of AltaVault’s cloud capabilities, which include cloud strategy workshops, along with design, implementation and support services to simplify overall data protection processes and optimize backup and archive performance.

“At Konica Minolta, we were looking for a reliable data-recovery solution for our mission-critical systems in the event of a major disaster in Japan, ultimately to improve our business continuity. NetApp AltaVault [formally “NetApp SteelStore”] has strengthened our disaster recovery capability, and furthermore, it reduced the related costs by shifting our data backup destination of mission-critical system to an offshore public cloud. We deployed NetApp AltaVault without having to make any change to our existing system, and now move data easily and rapidly between the public cloud and on-premise as needed,” said Akira Tai, Executive Officer and General Manager, Corporate IT Planning Division, Konica Minolta, Inc.

“Data storage became our first foray into the public cloud, with our remote job sites it made sense to utilize the cloud as a backup repository. With access to a public cloud we wouldn’t have to invest in more hardware to accommodate our growing storage,” said Dominic Silvia, director of IT, Blach Construction. “By choosing AltaVault, we knew we had a solution that would provide more value over the long term than other competitive solutions. We now save time that is better served improving IT infrastructure at job sites, so that our offsite employees have access to advanced technology solutions.”

NetApp AltaVault AVA400 physical appliances and AVA-8, AVA-16, and AVA-32 virtual appliances on ESX and Hyper-V are currently available for purchase from NetApp and NetApp resellers. AltaVault cloud-based appliances are currently available for purchase on the AWS marketplace, cloud-based appliances are planned to be available for purchase on the Azure marketplace later in CY2015. The AVA800 physical appliances are planned to be available in Q3 2015.

Additional Resources

  • Read what NetApp’s customers are saying about its Hybrid Cloud portfolio.
  • Learn more about today’s announcement on our NetApp Community.
  • Here from one of our customers, Blach Construction.
  • Here from George Kurian and Phil Brotherton regarding NetApp AltaVault.
  • For additional details regarding AltaVault, visit here.
  • Watch NetApp’s Live Q&A.
  • Follow NetApp on Twitter.

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[1] – Comparing on-premises caching capabilities

Additional Supporting Quotes:
“Our partnership that is anchored in the collaboratively developed NetApp SnapProtect solution continues to grow,” said Ralph Nimergood, Vice President, WW Channels & Alliances at Commvault. “The addition of AltaVault to the NetApp portfolio provides an additional choice for NetApp SnapProtect users moving data to the cloud. By automatically moving data from snapshots to the AltaVault appliance, SnapProtect users gain the benefits of lowered costs, greater data security and easy access to the cloud. Commvault continues to work closely with NetApp to help our joint customers simplify their journey to the cloud while maximizing the value of their IT investments.

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Source: NetApp