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4 minute readChoosing the Right NetApp Upgrades for Your Business

Choosing the right upgrades for your NetApp storage infrastructure can greatly affect the overall performance of your storage system. While there are certainly benefits with being able to upgrade to the latest and greatest from NetApp, not all organizations have the money necessary to do so. Instead, these organizations must find ways to continue to upgrade their existing infrastructure in order to keep up with increasing capacity and performance demands all while on a limited budget.

So, how do you know which NetApp upgrades are right for your organization? What are some of the ways you can upgrade performance of your NetApp filer?

1. Add a Disk Shelf

Disk shelves are a great way to add performance and capacity to a NetApp filer. However, you must be sure to find the right shelf for your infrastructure based on its needs and also make sure that the disk shelf does not become oversaturated (which can decrease performance.) So, here are some of our top-selling disk shelves for you to consider adding to your environment.

NetApp DS4243

This disk shelf is an enclosure that can be attached to almost any NetApp FAS filer, depending on the Data ONTAP version you are running. It is typically added to a filer in order to increase performance or add capacity. The DS4243 has four rack units and holds up to 24 drives (SAS, SATA, and SSD ranging from 100GB to 3TB in capacity) per enclosure. Adding a DS4243 to your NetApp infrastructure can help optimize your filer for both capacity and performance. For more information on the NetApp DS4243 or to request a quote, click here. You can also watch this video below about the NetApp DS4243.

NetApp DS2246

This is another NetApp disk shelf that can be attached to almost any NetApp filer, as long as it meets certain Data ONTAP version requirements. This shelf, like the DS4243, also supports SSD drives that can provide high performance. Unlike the DS4243, the DS2246 allows for 24 drives in 2U. So it has a small footprint and packs a high performance punch. For more information on the NetApp DS2246 or to request a quote, click here. Also check out the video below to find out more about the DS2246.

2. Use Cache Cards to Accelerate Performance

Cache cards are a great way to optimize your filer’s performance without having to add disk drives. Depending on which head unit you have, there are multiple options of cache cards, ranging from 256GB to 2TB. Flash cache cards also allow you to grow your storage environment while conserving power, cooling, and space. For more information on using cache cards to accelerate performance, or to get a quote, click here.

3. Replace the Head Unit Itself

Another option that may become necessary is replacing the head unit itself if it becomes oversaturated from a performance standpoint. Here are some of our recommendations for NetApp systems:

NetApp FAS6000 Series

The NetApp FAS6000 series delivers data management efficiency, innovative software technology, and a unified storage architecture for large enterprise applications. This series works wells for demanding technical workloads when you need a SAN solution that is versatile, scalable, and reliable to protect your mission-critical data.

NetApp FAS3100 & FAS3200 Series

These systems are a couple of year older, but can still provide a lot of performance with their combination of speed and reliability. You can get flexibility, performance, and availability that positions your organization from growth and thin provisioning to prevent any data from being stranded.

I’m Still Not Sure What I Really Need…

If you still have questions about what upgrade will best suit your NetApp infrastructure, Reliant is here to help. Our sales team has the in-depth product knowledge necessary to help you find the best overall storage solution for your NetApp environment. We can respond to your questions lightning fast and can help provide your organization significant savings within your IT budget.

For more information on NetApp upgrades, watch the video below or reach out to Reliant via chat, email, or phone.

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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