NetApp is a market-leading provider of hybrid-cloud data services for organisations all over the world. Based in Sunnyvale, California, NetApp was first founded in 1992 and has rapidly expanded to become a key player in the data storage market. 

The company supplies data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments, to assist enterprise-class organisations and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with their digital transformation.

NetApp stocks key products that can make a difference to your organisation, including NetAP FAS and AFF, ONTAP, AltaVault, SolidFire and other cloud-ready solutions such as ONTAP cloud, NPS and similar cloud-related services. At Checkmark, our consultants have the expertise to advise and assist with NetApp implementations, no matter the size or scope of the project.

Checkmark IT has built relationships with other influential vendors in the industry, including HPE, HP, Microsoft, Cisco and others. It helps us to maintain a vendor-agnostic approach, so we can focus on sourcing, suggesting and implementing the right IT solution for you.

For more information about our relationship with NetApp and to find out how we can best serve your organisation, please contact us today on (+44) 161 302 3900. If you would prefer to send us an email, use our online enquiry form and a consultant will be in touch.

About NetApp

Founded in 1992 by David Hitz, James Lau and Michael Malcolm, NetApp has grown to become one of the biggest and most influential organisations for data storage technology. It thrived in the internet bubble-era between 1995 and 2001, which saw its annual revenue increase to $1 billion.

Since the dot-com crash, NetApp has made numerous acquisitions to bolster its portfolio of services, including SteelStore’s data backup and protection products, which became AltaVault. It also acquired SolidFire, which allowed NetApp to market and sell Active IQ, the web-based analytics platform that allows organisations to monitor and predict the performance and availability of storage systems.

Data storage challenges

IT professionals utilising data storage face more challenges than ever, with society’s requirements for data outstripping the infrastructure we have in place. With more data being created in the past two years than throughout the history of humanity, data storage facilities must match this unprecedented demand.

Many of the challenges around data storage centre around the three vectors of data storage. These are data velocity, data volume and data variety. 

Our hyper-connected world brings many challenges for data storage. For example, data velocity can cripple businesses seeking to capture and leverage information about its customers. With a rapid influx of data, recording every single interaction can develop debilitating data bottlenecks. High velocity data demands low latency and extremely fast input/output rates.

Data variety represents an additional challenge for organisations with antiquated storage systems. Structured data, coming from spreadsheets, databases, and so on, are easy to classify and store. However, unstructured data, which makes up 80% of any new data generated, (including emails, social media posts, PowerPoint presentations, and so on) won’t fit into columns and rows in a relational database. This creates dangerous situations where data cannot be committed anywhere.

Data volume is also, a huge challenge for organisations today. It is expected that by 2020, there will be 5,200 GB for every person on the planet This astronomical figure means that organisations across the world will need to leverage increasing amounts of data storage capacity to meet this demand. But with a global shortage of SSDs, and with conventional hard drives lacking the speed required for businesses to access data quickly, what can organisations do?

Hybrid-cloud solutions such as NetApp can help businesses call upon additional storage capacity when required. Businesses can seamlessly transition between on-premises data centres, to cloud-based, data centres to call upon additional capacity as and when needed. And depending on the plan, and what features you require, you only pay for what you use, as per the usual elasticity the cloud offers.

Solutions such as NetApp can allow your organisation to access its storage quickly, efficiently and without lag or crippling bottlenecks. It can help your organisation achieve its data storage goals.

Why Checkmark IT?

We’ve established ourselves as an organisation that demands the very best from itself, our staff and the solutions we provide. We won’t rest until we identify a solution that solves your IT related problem, in a way that works for you and your organisation. Our consultants are guided by our four pillars of great service:

  • Knowledgeable staff - we know you’re an expert in your field, but it is tough to keep up with every single product and feature that can make a difference to your IT system. With Checkmark IT on hand, you’ll have a partner that lives and breathes the world of IT, with consultants dedicated to gaining new knowledge, techniques and accreditations to improve the efficiency of your IT solutions
  • Friendly and honest - when you speak to us at Checkmark IT, we’ll always tell you the truth. We pride ourselves on being informative, honest and telling you what you need to know instead of what you may like to hear, because for us the most important thing is your business getting the most from your IT systems.
  • Speedy and creative - when tackling projects on behalf of our clients, we aren’t afraid to go the extra mile. We understand that sometimes solutions need to be implemented quickly or need a particularly unorthodox approach. We are well known for getting things done and finding creative solutions that others may not consider. 
  • Excellent client relationships - we have long-standing relationships with our clients, who have continued to work and grow with us over many years. Our clients come to consider us as their go-to expert in everything IT related and value our expertise and support.

Contact us today

For more information about Checkmark IT, or any of the services you may require, call us now on (+44) 161 302 3900. If you’d rather email us, use our online contact form and leave us a message.