NetApp's New Cloud Solutions for Data Centres

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 27, 2009

NetApp today unveiled Data ONTAP 8, along with other new technologies and solutions that will serve as the cloud infrastructure foundation for data centres.

The new solutions are designed to meet the needs of companies looking to take advantage of applications, infrastructure, and platforms delivered in the form of services.

Rajesh Janey, president-sales, India & Saarc, NetApp, said, as the makeup of the data centre is drastically changing, NetApp is well-placed to take advantage of this major shift in the market by providing enterprises with not only storage and data management solutions that are ideal for the cloud, but, more importantly, also serve as the technology partner of choice to guide enterprises in deploying a cloud infrastructure.

Enterprise customers, global systems integrators, and service providers are already leveraging existing Data ONTAP platforms as the foundation for a wide range of their internal and external cloud deployments, the company said.

Data ONTAP 8 will build upon these cloud capabilities with enhanced functionality for virtualized and shared infrastructure environments, including non-disruptive data mobility, dynamic growth through a scale-out architecture, and 64-bit storage aggregates to support multi-petabyte deployments.

Data ONTAP 8 will also provide customers with improved data management capabilities and tighter integration with data centre orchestration and management systems, enabling the storage, server, networking, and application layers to interface with one another. The Data ONTAP 8 family combines Data ONTAP 7G and Data ONTAP GX under a single code base in a phased approach that will allow customers to leverage the combined scale-up and scale-out capabilities, the company said in a statement. 

While Data ONTAP provides a wide range of enterprises with storage solutions that fuel their cloud infrastructures, Data ONTAP 8 will take it to the next level by providing enhanced scalability, performance, efficiencies, and other features that are key to the cloud," said Terri McClure, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.

The following new NetApp products, solutions, and services address customers critical cloud requirements for a more efficient and flexible cloud infrastructure:

NetApp Data Motion: This technology allows enterprises to move data non-disruptively across storage systems with zero application downtime. This solution builds upon the NetApp unified storage architecture to enhance availability for both internal and external cloud customers. 

Performance Acceleration Module II: This second-generation family of flash technology-based caching modules provides an innovative, alternative use of flash/SSD technology rather than using SSDs in disk shelves.
NetApp Dynamic Data Center (NDDC) Solution: This solution comprises three components to provide customers with a proven and tested solution for delivering ITaaS. The first component is a service-oriented infrastructure (SOI) that leverages NetApp s storage technologies. This standardized architecture allows customers to consume and deploy storage, network, and compute resources in a repeatable manner to reduce costs and increase service levels.

The second component includes a service management framework that provides processes and best practices to help manage the infrastructure and reduce fixed costs wherever possible.

The last component is a delivery methodology that leverages NetApp Professional Services and NetApp systems integrator partners to deploy ITaaS infrastructures efficiently and with the least risk to customers.

NetApp Fast-Start Customer Workshop: NetApp now offers two- to four-day consulting workshops to help customers develop their plan to deploy their NetApp dynamic data center solution. 

In addition, NetApp also introduced the DS4243 disk shelf, a versatile SAS/SATA disk subsystem that enables enterprise customers to streamline their data footprint thanks to the subsystem s dense and space-efficient design (24TB in 4U). As a result, enterprise customers with cloud deployments are able to more efficiently use valuable data center resources.