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Lee Gates, Director – Microsoft Business Unit


Today NetApp announced the NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco data center architecture design.  This pre-validated configuration is built on research and solution development by the Microsoft Technical Marketing team at NetApp.  During early planning for the project, we laid out a few high level NetApp engineering goals to deliver a robust, innovative solution for private clouds:


  1. System Center Opalis integration to enable workflow reuse and composition
  2. Industry leading rapid provisioning performance of Virtual Machines for Cluster Shared Volumes
  3. Maximum PowerShell support for flexibility and customization


With these goals, Cisco was a natural partner for the solution:


ME7.jpgGreat System Center integration

ME7.jpgPowerShell support for UCS

ME7.jpgLarge memory advantages in the UCS architecture enable VM density and large applications

ME7.jpgCisco technical teams have worked well with NetApp on many innovative solutions


There’s a tremendous amount of work behind the solution. It rides on the foundation NetApp made in December 2009 in when our strategic alliance with Microsoft focusing virtualization, cloud computing, and storage & data management was announced.  PowerShell support has been incredibly important along with our other System Center integrations.  We are particularly proud to use these in the solution and introduce Opalis support.


The team will be in the NetApp booth #1001 at TechEd.  Drop by and see us and the demos we’re running every 30 minutes in the theater.


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