NetApp provides new path for Software-D​efined Storage

NetApp’s vision for Software-defined storage (SDS) is to deliver a native multi-tenant, policy-based storage services through programmable APIs and application integrations. Clustered Data ONTAP is the first storage and data management solution that makes the promise of SDS attainable today the company has provided to the channel market.

Jay Kidd, senior vice president and chief technology officer, NetApp said CIOs are moving from builders of applications and operators of data centres to brokers of information services to the business. This new role requires technologies that can speed IT response time and drive operational and resource efficiency. Clustered Data ONTAP fills this need today, providing the key building block that delivers the benefits of software-defined storage models and will replace existing slow and inefficient siloed approaches. Our new software gives IT unsurpassed agility, including the flexibility to deploy across multiple platforms.

NetApp announced a new version of its flagship storage operating system – clustered Data ONTAP. The new software gives organizations and cloud service providers the capability to deliver new services and capacity with maximum application uptime. Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 tries to limit traditional hardware silos, while aligning the storage infrastructure with changing business and application demands.

The company claims Clustered Data ONTAP provides:

  • ·         Nondisruptive operations with greater than five-nines reliability (99.999%), providing continuous data access during scheduled downtime and dynamic load balancing without disruptive data migrations
  • ·         Seamless scalability with up to 69PB of storage and 24 controller nodes, 49,000 LUNs, 12,000 NAS volumes supporting over 100,000 clients and single container up to 20 PB
  • ·         Proven storage and operational efficiency within a unified and multi-tenant architecture that meets the needs of enterprises, small, and midsized businesses


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