NetApp offers free flash storage channel consultancy support

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Liquidware Labs and flash storage vendor make it easier to sell the technology to customers

Liquidware Labs and NetApp have launched a free programme for consultants and partners to be able to deliver audits of their customers’ environments in order to quantify the benefits of deploying flash storage solutions.

The VDI PULSE programme is based on Liquidware Labs’ Stratusphere UX and includes a custom-generated report designed in collaboration between NetApp and Liquidware Labs engineering teams.

The high performance and enterprise-grade management capabilities of NetApp All Flash FAS arrays make it easier and faster for enterprises to adapt to new opportunities while delivering consistent customer experiences,” said Maria Olson, vice president, global and strategic alliances at NetApp.

Flash SquareThis custom-developed offer from Liquidware Labs and NetApp will further help customers deploying VDI solutions maximise the performance for their mission critical applications.”

The objective of the VDI PULSE programme is to deliver a simple, fast and comprehensive audit to support NetApp partners and field consultants. The detailed analysis is segmented into three main areas:

1. Assessment – a detailed analysis of all users, machines, applications, resource usage, logon habits etc, which contribute to the workload the storage platform must deliver

2. Capacity Planning – a data-driven look at the storage resources that are needed today, as well as assistance with planning future needs

3. Health Check – an identification of existing bottlenecks, user experience and possible optimisation opportunities within existing next-generation workspace architectures

J Tyler ‘T Rex’ Rohrer, co-founder and head of strategic alliances, Liquidware Labs, said: “Our partnership with NetApp and its new All Flash FAS (AFF) array series embodies the innovation and platform requirements to deliver true and comprehensive desktop transformation.”

David Laing, an analyst at IDC, said: “Any analysis provided by programmes like VDI PULSE will be welcomed by the market ecosystem, because they can provide intelligence to channel partners and end customers that ensures storage infrastructure for VDI deployments can be optimally sized and configured.”

Liquidware Labs provides access to the software, license and report required to deliver the VDI PULSE deliverables at no cost to NetApp consultants or partners.

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