NetApp releases flurry of hardware, OS upgrades

Fabric-Attached Storage line can increase up to 2.9 petabytes of capacity

By , Computerworld |  Storage, NetApp

NetApp storage arrays already offer data deduplication. The compression can be used in conjunction with the existing data deduplication functionality to offer greater storage efficiency.

The company also announced what it's calling DataMotion for Volumes, a new software tool that allows users to move large volumes of data without disrupting their business operations.

An internal disk virtualization feature allows data volumes to be moved from one NetApp array to another without having to pause the application. Once the volume is moved, the application server is automatically remapped to the new array.

Underneath the new data migration technology, an application called MultiStore creates multiple virtual controllers within a single storage system or simply a layer of abstraction between the application server and the underlying storage.

NetApp also announced three new models of its high-end FAS/V6200 Series arrays -- the FAS6280, FAS6240 and FAS6210; and three new models to its midrange FAS 3200 series -- the FAS3270, FAS3240 and FAS3210. All six offer NAND flash-based cache and range in size from 240 drives with 480TB of capacity to 1,440 drives with 2.9 petabytes of capacity.

Previously, NetApp's largest midrange array, the FAS3170, scaled up to 160TB and its high-end FAS6080 scaled to 1.68 petabytes.

All six arrays can be managed with NetApp's newly upgraded OnCommand Management Software. OnCommand has been repackaged to include several modules that were available separately from NetApp, such as management, storage analization and automation.

The new software is also integrated with management APIs from VMware's vCenter, Microsoft 's Systems Center, BMC's management software, and Citrix Management Console to provide administrators with a single interface, according to Bharat Badrinath, director of NAS Solutions at NetApp.

"We're working on CA, IBM, HP and Fujutsu on integrating their management APIs as well," Badrinath said.

The new FAS-series arrays also use Intel's multicore Nehalem processors versus the AMD Athlon, single-core processors found in previous FAS models.

NetApp also announced a preconfigured, precertified storage network for user groups of 1,000 to 2,000 people, called FlexPod. FlexPod comes with a NetApp FAS3210 midrange array, Cicso's Unified Computing System (UCS) blade server and a Nexus switch and VMware's vSphere cloud platform and vCenter management console.


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