Xpanse July 2018 Newsletter


Welcome to our newsletter for July 2018.

As your trusted data management partner, we want to keep you informed about the world of enterprise data technology, and the great opportunities available to your in-house team.

For more information about us, our solutions, news and more, visit our website or follow us on LinkedIn.

Best wishes,
The Xpanse Team.


NetApp ONTAP 9.4 Now Available

On June 28th, NetApp announced the general availablility of their ONTAP 9.4 data management software

NetApp have released some information, including a short video presentation on what's new in ONTAP 9.4, which you can view by clicking on the following link, or you can view full release notes here.

If you'd like to know more about how Xpanse can help you upgrade your environment to ONTAP 9.4 GA, please contact us.

Also, a reminder for Xpanse IT Infrastructure Management (XITIM) customers that ONTAP upgrades are covered by your XITIM agreement, so let us know if you would like us to arrange an upgrade for you. If you are not an XITIM customer, and would like to learn more about our XITIM Managed Service Agreements and how they can benefit you, please visit our XITIM Solutions web page here.

NetApp All-Flash Storage Solutions

If you're considering updating your current storage infrastructure, then NetApp All-Flash storage may be the solution you're after.

All-flash will simplify your infrastructure whilst reducing your storage footprint as well as your power and cooling needs. NetApp have made available a white paper, "Make Your Infrastructure Data Ready", that outlines the benefits of moving to all-flash. You can download the white paper by going to the following link.

Alternatively, if you'd like any further information about what All-Flash products NetApp has on offer, please contact our Sales Team.

Enrich Your End User Experience With Riverbed Aternity

In August 2016, Riverbed acquired Aternity, a software company specialising in management solutions and intelligence tools. Aternity has now been integrated into Riverbed SteelCentral toolkit.

SteelCentral Aternity works by providing you with information from end user experiences and interactions to allow a proactive, rather than reactive response to the issues your end users face, therefore closing any "visibility gaps" in your current approach. It does so by transforming every device into a self-monitoring platform and observing any user interactions with applications on physical, virtual or mobile devices. Aternity then reports back on user interations, device health and performance as well as application performance.

If you would like some further information on Aternity, please visit the Riverbed Aternity website or contact our sales Team.

VMware vSphere 5.5 End of Support

VMware has recently announced that the end of general support for vSphere 5.5 will be September 19, 2018. More information can be found in this article

If you'd like to know more about how Xpanse can help you upgrade your environment to a newer version of vSphere, please contact us.

Upcoming Training

Brocade Fabric Vision Workshop

Brocade have recently announced their Fabric Vision workshop, aimed at those interested in the setting up and running of Brocade SAN fabrics.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 11th at Cliftons on St Georges Terrace, Perth, from 8:30am - and is expected to run until 11am.

If you'd like to learn more about Fabric Vision and how its functions can improve the implementation and management of your Fibre Channel Storage Infrastructure, then please contact us for more information, or to register your interest.

NetApp ONTAP 9 Cluster & Data Protection Administration

IT Learning Solution will be running a five day course combining both the ONTAP 9.3 Cluster and Data Protection Administration courses.

Using a combination of lectures and practical learning, attendees will be taught basic administration of an ONTAP cluster as well as the use of SnapMirror, SnapVault, SyncMirror and other tools that can be uitlised to ensure the best protection of your data.

This course will be facilitated in both classroom and online environments. Please visit the IT Learning Solution website for further information.