NetApp grows storage portfolio for AI & security demand

NetApp's new updates are focused on enhancing the industry’s best data pipeline for hybrid multi-cloud AI and advancements on the most secure data storage against ransomware. Credit: Pixabay
The updates to the industry’s only unified data storage solution with the aim of providing simplicity, savings, security and sustainability to their custom

Significant updates to the portfolio of a global cloud-led, data centric software company aim to address two key challenges faced by customers: harnessing the power of AI and protecting data from ransomware threats. 

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With a goal for NetApp’s industry-leading solutions to drive simplicity, savings, security, and sustainability for customers, its new updates are focused on enhancing the industry’s best data pipeline for hybrid multi-cloud AI and advancements on the most secure data storage against ransomware.  

“There are two major disruptions today for customers: the opportunity of AI and the threat of ransomware,” said Harv Bhela, Chief Product Officer at NetApp. “NetApp’s new innovations make the AI data pipeline simple to deploy as well as scalable and performant across your hybrid multi-cloud data estate – while protecting that same data from ever-increasing threats. These solutions position us at the forefront of creating successful business AI outcomes for our customers.”

The industry’s best data pipeline for AI

To stay competitive, enterprises must innovate and boost efficiency through their AI initiatives but may struggle to get meaningful results from massive amounts of disparate data flowing unhindered through a five-stage pipeline, NetApp says. The datasets necessary to feed these pipelines may live in data lakes throughout the enterprise, on premises and/or in the cloud. This increases design and operational complexity where data silos lead to a lack of visibility into data types and locations, making it difficult to manage or use in AI workloads.

As one of the leading organisations in hybrid multi-cloud, NetApp eases this complexity by delivering high performance all-flash and cloud storage that enable customers to build modern data lakes and accelerate AI. Users can trace multiple AI model versions in production back to their training data to ensure they are using AI responsibly and storage is integrated with MLOps platforms so data scientists experience easier consumption and increased productivity.

NetApp's AI infrastructure, ONTAP AI, is integrated with NVIDIA DGX systems which provide efficient AI solutions. As well as this, NetApp is extending support for Google Cloud's Vertex AI, expanding its capabilities.

“Enterprises that want to tap into the power of generative AI need a platform that can deliver fully customised models leveraging the immense corpus of their business data, tailored to their unique vocabulary, intellectual property, and industry,” Charlie Boyle, Vice President, DGX platform at NVIDIA added. “Powered by NVIDIA DGX systems and NVIDIA AI Enterprise software, NetApp ONTAP AI enables businesses to tap into their data to deliver generative AI applications by leveraging a scalable, efficient, rapidly deployable infrastructure solution.”

Growth in threat of ransomware attacks

In 2023, the vast majority of ransomware attacks caused losses ranging between US$1m and US$2.25m. In response to this growing threat, NetApp is enhancing data storage security. ONTAP offers robust ransomware protection features and tamper-proof snapshots, guaranteeing data recovery in the event of an attack. NetApp is also launching a Ransomware Assurance Service for additional protection and peace of mind.

The brand has also introduced a new disaster recovery solution for VMware, integrating it with the NetApp BlueXP control plane, offering seamless failover and failback options. These updates emphasise NetApp's commitment to simplifying data management, enhancing security, and supporting AI and disaster recovery needs.


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