Technology News in Depth
•Nondisruptive Business Operations with VMware Virtual Environments
NetApp is announcing new integration with VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 and NetApp clustered Data ONTAP software to enable nondisruptive migration of data for hundreds of virtual machines at a time. The storage virtual machine technology in clustered Data ONTAP abstracts data access and data services from hardware, enabling customers to deploy on the storage platform of their choice. •Real-Time Visibility into Storage Platforms
NetApp is also introducing Virtual Storage Console 5.0 (VSC 5.0), a new release of its end-to-end storage management software for VMware environments. VSC 5.0 adds integration with the VMware vSphere Web Client, policy-based management via vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) for clustered Data ONTAP VSC 5.0 adds more intelligence and automation for real-time visibility into the performance and health of the storage environment. VSC 5.0 will have general availability (GA) in late 2013. •Accelerating the Transition to the Cloud
Together, NetApp and VMware are accelerating organizations' transition to the cloud. VMware Horizon Suite™ on clustered Data ONTAP can extend the ability to transparently migrate data within a cluster to provide nondisruptive load balancing, hardware maintenance, or technology refreshes and rapidly and cost effectively deliver new services. NetApp integrations with VMware vCenter Orchestrator and VMware vCloud Automation Center™ enable organizations to automate and orchestrate storage monitoring, provisioning, and data protection. •Flash-Enabled and -Accelerated Solutions
As part of today's news, NetApp also is announcing the general availability of Flash Accel 1.2, which speeds application performance by turning server-side flash into a cache for storing "hot," frequently accessed data. The new software release includes support for VMware vSphere 5.1 and other key features such as vSphere vMotion®, DRS, and HA support. It helps to improve the efficiency of back-end storage by off-loading reads from storage, enhancing application performance, while providing data coherency.
Learn more about the new release of Flash Accel.
NetApp Executive Quote
Brendon Howe, Vice President, Product & Solutions Marketing, NetApp
"The cloud is enabling this new era of IT service delivery to help businesses be more flexible, responsive, and competitive. One movement -- software-defined storage -- is part of this transformation in IT that helps break down technology barriers, driving increased agility, simplicity, and efficiency. NetApp and VMware will continue to align our development efforts to help organizations and CIOs realize the agility of the cloud and the power of clustered Data ONTAP and its integration to VMware vCloud® Suite to focus on IT server delivery versus hardware limits."