Talon FAST™ and NetApp ONTAP

Storage for the Modern Enterprise
Talon FAST™ software and NetApp ONTAP helps global enterprises solve challenges around distributed and datacenter file storage by centralizing and consolidating corporate file data. This data is merged into all-flash or hybrid arrays, hybrid cloud/converged infrastructure, or directly into the cloud. This joint-solution approach, which leverages the core principles of software-defined storage (SDS), ensures high-performance global access to your data while maintaining enterprise control and security.

What ONTAP already does for you
How FAST™ extends NetApp's value
Manages critical unstructured data and reduces your storage footprint, while simplifying management and cutting storage costs
Extends centralized data storage to branch locations, helping you consolidate local IT assets and eliminate local backups for even greater cost savings
Provides a foundation for a data fabric that guarantees maximum flexibility and control across multiple storage environments
Completes your software-defined storage fabric by providing high-performance access to centralized storage and caching only frequently used data at the branch
Deploys and manages storage across a wide range of architectures, future-proofing your data infrastructure
Provides users with the real-time collaboration experience of local file storage, even when they're accessing storage over a great distance

How They Work Together

The FAST™ fabric is storage agnostic, capable of relying on SMB/CIFS, iSCSI targets, or direct cloud storage integration. This makes it easy for FAST™ to integrate with your existing NetApp ONTAP data fabric's storage environments, from all-flash to hybrid cloud to converged to pure cloud infrastructure.

Talon FAST™ and NetApp FAS/AFF & ONTAP Cloud

Talon FAST™ and NetApp ONTAP Cloud

You deploy a FAST™ core instance in the datacenter or on a Virtual Machine in your cloud environment on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016. This core instance mounts directly to your existing file shares. Then, you deploy FAST™ edge instances at each branch as either software installation packages or virtual appliance templates. Those edge instances connect directly to the FAST™ core instance and set up a virtual file share that extends centralized enterprise data storage to each branch.

FAST™ at the Edge
Users access the edge instance virtual file share via mapped drive or as part of your existing DFS namespace. The FAST™ edge instance also creates an intelligent file cache, which is stored and automatically managed on an NTFS volume.

Using proprietary algorithms, the intelligent file cache identifies your most commonly used datasets and caches them at the branch. When users access the central dataset, the FAST™ core instance streams and compresses data in transit, allowing immediate updates to both central and cached datasets. Distributed file locking keeps file versions consistent.

A Proven Enterprise Data Storage Partnership

If you're already a NetApp customer, or if you're looking for ways to consolidate enterprise data storage and management, ONTAP and FAST™ can cut your storage costs by up to 70%. They're the cost-cutting partners you've been waiting for—and together, they'll deliver an experience your users will love.

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