The giveaway of Data ONTAP Edge, the NetApp Virtual Storage Appliance, was a huge hit at VMworld. Due to the tremendous feedback NetApp has decided to make the evaluation edition available to the public.
This is a great opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with the capabilities of Data ONTAP to experience it first hand. By downloading and registering for licenses you will receive access to Data ONTAP Edge, OnCommand Systems Manager and the Virtual Storage Console for VMware vCenter Server.
With these tools one receives a NetApp array as a VM, which functions identically as a physical FAS array. This is the beauty of the NetApp storage platform; software defines value and hardware is a commodity and merely a means to scale. Data ONTAP is the premiere software-defined storage platform!
The NetApp Community has established an area where you can engage with other VSA users and NetApp experts to share your experiences and discuss technical detail. We have a program for those who register that will share quick start videos designed to help one learn the features of Data ONTAP in a vSphere environment. This series will span installation & setup, storage management, data reduplication and hardware-accelerated VM cloning, snapshots and replication, which support VMware vStorage APIs (like VAAI & SRM).
Why are you still reading, download Data ONTAP Edge!