Upgrading to the new kit should also be straightforward, according to Hargreaves. “Customers can upgrade an existing system by replacing the controller,” he said. “The upgrade does not involve changes to the data.” Hargreaves also argued that NetApp could be cheaper to use because all NetApp kit uses the same operating system and management tools.
This sounds great! I wonder if NetApp is going to release reliable, repeatable and verifiable performance tests for this unit? Jon Toigo has offered his lab to NetApp on multiple occasions to perform some independent testing. Maybe with this new system NetApp will provide the equipment to Toigo for testing.
Also of interest, from this statement it looks like NetApp is no longer selling the Spinnaker OS in addition to the NetApp 7.0 Ontap software.