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By Peter Corbett, Vice President & Chief Architect at NetApp

 

The concept of flexible computing in the cloud needs no introduction here. Many businesses are being built from the ground up on cloud infrastructure, both for production IT and internal IT operations.  But the vast majority of large enterprises and organizations still run much of their IT operations internally.   I doubt that any of these organizations haven’t given some thought to how they could leverage the cloud for at least a portion of their IT needs.  But, an IT shop looking at moving some applications to the cloud faces several challenges.  Among these are several directly related to data storage and transfer.

 

Of course cloud providers offer storage to go along with the flexible compute capabilities they prominently feature.  They have developed pricing models that account for ingest, access and retention of data.  They offer different classes of service in terms of durability (the certainty that the data you deposit will not be lost), availability (the ability to access data at any time), performance (the latency and throughput at which data can be stored or retrieved), the storage access protocols and semantics supported, and other service level attributes.  Organizations with internal IT footprints face the same set of decisions about service levels, but these attributes historically have not been uniformly articulated and quantified across different storage system manufacturers. It is clear that the cloud providers are driven to optimize and refine their pay-as-you-go pricing models, and this has led to a more defined articulation of the service levels provided by their different classes of service.


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There are really three distinct paradigms for using storage in the cloud. One is that the cloud storage is being used by a cloud-resident application (or multiple applications that run on the same cloud-resident middleware and dataset).  Another is that the cloud storage is used in a simple way as an extension to or tier of an on-premise data store, without any active agency in the cloud – in this case the storage is used directly via external interfaces. A third model, and what I think is the most interesting model, is where the data stored in the cloud is an asynchronous replica of data stored on-premise (the opposite can also be true, and is also interesting), but where the replica is directly accessible and usable by cloud based applications and agents.  A variant of the hybrid model leverages cloud compute with co-located private storage, e.g. NetApp Private Storage.

 

In this model, we really get tremendous flexibility.  The on-premise data can be the primary store for mission and business critical applications.  The cloud store can be used for disaster recovery, backup, archive, analytics, test, and many other uses.  These have two characteristics that make them very suitable for the cloud: they require a lot of compute horsepower sometimes but not always, and they can work off a recent point-in-time image of the data which may be slightly behind the on-premise version.  For applications and use cases that have these two characteristics, the cloud can offer compelling benefits.

 

To really achieve full portability of data to and from the cloud, there are three areas that will be foci for innovation:

  1. A quantitative, normalized description of storage service levels that can be compared across the spectrum of cloud vendors and on-premise and co-located storage systems.
  2. A means of evaluating the entire cost of storage and the cost of data movement to select the placement that optimizes cost for the value delivered.
  3. An efficient mechanism for moving point-in-time images to and from the cloud, including both bulk and granular transfers. Here, efficient means moving less data with less impact on the on-premise systems and lower compute and storage costs in the cloud.  The more efficient the image transfer, the more economical it will be to leverage the capabilities of the cloud. 

 

The cloud is a transformation of IT that will continue to impact the way things are done on-premise.  On-premise data centers will not disappear, at least not any time soon.  They will adopt the same technologies as are used in the cloud, both to increase internal efficiencies to match the efficiencies of the cloud, and to enable better participation in hybrid on-cloud/cloud co-location and on-premise infrastructure deployments.  It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out, but there’s no doubt that the cloud will continue to play a large and growing role in IT in the coming years.  Data management is one area where the rapid evolution of the cloud in conjunction with a large continuing on-premise IT footprint presents some of the most interesting technical challenges we face in storage today.

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NetApp in the News, 4/14/14

Posted by NETAPP_360 Apr 14, 2014

Every Monday we bring you top stories featuring NetApp that you may have missed from the previous week. Let us know what interests you by commenting below.

 

New Data Center Innovation Stack Could Redefine IT - eWeek

NetApp and eWeek collaborate to offer 10 key data points for IT managers to consider as they investigate the deployment of the new data center innovation stack.


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How Great Companies Become Great -- Three Leaders Share Unique Practices - Forbes

What makes a company great? Tom Mendoza joins a discussion of leaders to discuss what's behind NetApp culture.

 

Interview: NetApp and Policy-Based Data Management for the Enterprise - Inside Big Data

Inside Big Data catches up with Richard Treadway to discuss NetApp and policy-based data management for the enterprise.

 

Going For The Gold: 2014 Channel Champions - CRN

NetApp has moved up into the No. 2 position on this year's CRN Channel Champions awards in the Enterprise Network Storage category!

 

Hybrid Cloud Storage Buying Guide - Enterprise Storage Forum

The concept of hybrid clouds is catching hold! Enterprise Storage Forum spotlights NetApp as one of the companies offering hybrid cloud storage.

 

InformationWeek Elite 100 - InformationWeek

NetApp has been named to this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100, a selective, annual ranking of business technology innovators.

 

Best Places to Work 2014: NetApp Inc. - Crain's Chicago Business

Crain's Chicago ranked NetApp No. 8 on their 2014 “Best Places to Work” list!

 

NetApp's Connie Brenton | Women of Influence 2014 - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Silicon Valley Business Journal spotlights 100 women in the 2014 Women of Influence class who are remaking Silicon Valley, including NetApp’s Connie Brenton.

image00.jpgBy Matt Brown, Senior Program Manager, NetApp on NetApp

 

NetApp IT knows the intrinsic value of bringing together IT professionals from different companies to share strategies, challenges, and experiences. As conversations unfold, we discover the passion IT professionals have for their jobs and for their desire to talk with credible peers. This is a terrific way to compare and benchmark with other IT shops, spark new ideas, and drive innovation and efficiency.

 

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In my 25 years as an IT professional, I have found that many IT departments struggle with similar problems and challenges. The only difference is the scale, complexity, and maturity of each organization. We are all trying to accomplish the same things:

 

  • How do we as an IT organization enable the business to scale and grow?
  • How do we align to the business and to our corporate strategy?
  • How do we manage costs and increase agility?
  • How do we deliver the best possible services to the business?

 

Our NetApp on NetApp program is supported by a group of IT subject-matter experts who have volunteered to help other IT organizations struggling with similar challenges. We share our real-world experiences operating a global enterprise using industry-leading technology, including NetApp storage solutions, and our business case for implementation. Often, the conversations start with a request from our sales organization to help a NetApp customer with a problem.

 

And yet, we are not sales or marketing. We are a group of real-world IT practitioners who enjoy sharing our passion, knowledge, and strategies with other IT professionals.

 

We invite you to read other NetApp on NetApp blogs on our experiences in engineering and in running a Fortune 500 company, while maximizing the value of NetApp technology.

image00.jpgBy Frank Pleshe, Technical Marketing Engineer, and Philip Trautman, FAS Product Marketing, NetApp

 

Part 1 of a multi-part series on storage networking at NetApp

 

Considering how integral networking is to the success of network storage, it’s surprising how little time some of us in the storage field spend thinking about it.

 

But, owing to the sub-millisecond latencies now achievable with flash, network performance is more critical than ever to overall storage performance. At the same time, the IT landscape is evolving at a rapid clip – creating a need for greater network flexibility.

 

With new data types and mountains of data to contend with, we at NetApp have to constantly evolve our thinking – and our products – to deliver the network connectivity you need now and in the future.

 

Bringing Network Innovation to Storage

NetApp has been a long-time leader in storage networking innovation and standards efforts*.

 

Physical Layer. NetApp was among the earliest adopters of both Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet technologies, and was also the first with 8Gb/sec FC and one of the first with 16Gb/sec FC.

 

NetApp is also the first storage vendor to introduce flexible onboard ports and adapter cards to support both block and file-based storage. With Unified Target Adapter 2 (UTA2) technology, the same port can operate either as 10GbE or as 16Gb/sec FC with a simple optics change.

 

Given our long-standing commitment to unified storage on our FAS platform, maybe this isn’t so surprising. Doing both SAN and NAS equally well requires a higher level of flexibility.

 

NAS Protocols. NetApp’s NAS contributions are well known. Senior Vice President, Brian Pawlowski, was a major contributor to NFSv3, and Senior Technical Director, Mike Eisler and others, made significant contributions to both NFSv4, NFSv4.1, and pNFS. NetApp was the first to bring CIFS to NAS on an equal footing with NFS, and the co-inventor of NDMP (network data management protocol) along with Legato Systems.

 

SAN Protocols: On the SAN side, NetApp was the first to ship iSCSI and the first to deliver native FCoE. We’ve continued to push hard in the face of sometimes-significant headwinds to make FCoE a success.

 

What Is Past is Prologue

Clustered Data ONTAP and the scale-out architecture of the FAS8000 are the culmination of all of NetApp’s storage networking efforts to date. The FAS8000 supports hundreds of network connections and tremendous network bandwidth. In coming posts in this series we’ll explore the networking capabilities of the FAS architecture and clustered Data ONTAP in more depth to help you understand how NetApp helps you make the most of every network resource. Topics will include:

 

  • Using a low-latency 10GbE non-blocking switch infrastructure as a cluster interconnect
  • Understanding clustered Data ONTAP networking concepts (ports, LIFs, IFGRPs, VLANs, failover groups, etc.)
  • Load balancing

 

Stay tuned for more.

 

*See a complete list of NetApp innovations and the standards organizations that NetApp participates in.

image00.pngCDW and Charles Barkley are back for March Madness with a series of videos that showcase CDW as “people who get IT.” The theme embraces a concept referred to as the 7th man – a play on the 6th man who comes off the bench to help teams win the game. The 7th man is the IT expert who can provide organizations with a competitive advantage.

 

Barkley Selects CDW & FlexPod to Support Smart Growth

While the CEO of the fictitious company Gordon & Taylor struggles to recall just who NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is (he calls him "Borkley"), Charles reminds him that he not only “helped him win that trophy,” he is also the IT genius who selected CDW and NetApp to implement a FlexPod converged infrastructure solution designed to consolidate siloed data into a single optimized and virtualized solution.

 

Capitalizing on humor and the universal appeal of Barkley’s approachable image, the “Smart Growth” campaign uses the video vignettes to highlight CDW’s expertise across a broad portfolio of technology solutions including cloud and data center optimization. Like Gordon & Taylor, CDW has grown rapidly by leveraging deep industry and technology capabilities to deliver IT solutions that drive business results: Smart Growth.

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It’s Back – The Technoliner Returns with Innovation on Wheels

In addition to radio, video, television and print ads that will be running from March right through to June of 2014, CDW has brought back their remarkable Technoliner. Not a bus or an RV, it is the ultimate in innovation and cool rides. CDW teamed with West Coast Customs to create a 48-foot, definitive tech experience on wheels. For the next few months, it will be on the road and rolling its way to a city near you.

 

Packed with the latest technology designed to showcase what is possible with IT, FlexPod occupies a prime spot on board and visitors can spend time learning how converged infrastructure is shaping business modernization.

 

For a Sneak Peek inside, take the video tour here.

The NetApp Customer Success spotlight highlights NetApp customer stories and key mentions from the past month from publications across the globe, all of which showcase the innovations our customers are achieving with NetApp.

 

We want to hear from you! Let us know what you find most interesting by commenting below.

 

Oil Explorer Strikes Black Gold With 20 PB Data ReservoirEnterpriseTech

How does oil and gas exploration and drilling company Apache Corporation keep every bit of data online – all 20 PB, forever? With help from NetApp!


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Getting The Right IT: How Jack Wolfskin Weathered The Storm Of Global ExpansionForbes Advoice

Jack Wolfskin Expands into Global Markets with Microsoft Private Cloud on NetAppYouTube

Learn how retailer Jack Wolfskin expanded into international markets—without increasing IT budget, IT staffing levels, or carbon footprint.

 

Partner Voices: ePlus Provides Key Benefits with FlexPod SolutionCisco Partner Voices Blog

Cisco highlights the successes that ePlus has had with a FlexPod deployment they installed for Exostar.

 

Binero Web Hosting and the Business Impact of Data Storage DecisionsJR’s IT Pad

Why is choosing the right data storage foundation for a business so important? John Rollason takes a closer look at NetApp customer Binero, one of the largest web hosting companies in Sweden.

 

World’s Largest Laser Runs on Clustered Data ONTAPNetApp 360

Clustered Data ONTAP ensures nondisruptive operations for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, home to the world's largest laser.

 

Bellevue College Eliminates Downtime for Private Cloud Services with NetApp Clustered Data ONTAPNetApp Customer Showcase

Find out how Bellevue College eliminated downtime for private cloud services with clustered Data ONTAP.

 

Make Architects Gets Up to Speed with Simplified, Efficient, and Powerful NetApp StorageNetApp Customer Showcase

Make, a studio of highly creative and talented architects and designers, stands out with simplified, efficient, and powerful NetApp storage.

 

Cirrity Offers 100%-Uptime SLA with NetApp Clustered Data ONTAPNetApp Customer Showcase

Discover how Cirrity meets 100%-uptime SLA for cloud customers, standardizes on a scalable and efficient data center platform, and minimizes storage management requirements with NetApp clustered Data ONTAP.

 

Universal-Investment Opts for a NetApp EF540 Flash Array for 100% More Performance and Future-ReadinessNetApp Customer Showcase

Universal-Investment opts for a NetApp EF540 flash array for 100% more performance and future-readiness.

By Mark Heller, NetApp, Sr. Director, Strategic Messaging and References

 

Today, NetApp features NVIDIA, one of its most innovative customers, as the latest in a series of Epic Customer Stories highlighting how NetApp solutions enable transformational business success. Watch here:

 

“Two and a half years ago—the very day I started—one of our top engineers said, ‘Welcome to the company. You know we have a horrible storage problem,’” recalls NVIDIA CIO, Bob Worrall.

 

NVIDIA, the company that invented the graphical processing unit, was transforming itself to apply its technology to support new lines of business, and the existing storage infrastructure could not keep up. Daily storage issues sidelined dozens to hundreds of engineers at a time, and frustration with the storage infrastructure was at an all-time high.

 

“We implemented a worldwide upgrade program on NetApp and all of the storage problems completely disappeared,” according to Worrall. “There’s a direct correlation between the NetApp investment that we’ve made and the time to market and success of the company overall.”

 

With NetApp at the heart of its innovation factory, NVIDIA is driving advancements in: 

 

  • Research to advance the fight against cancer, HIV, influenza and SARS
  • Advanced Driver assistance systems in 4.5 million cars, and growing
  • Visual effects to create Oscar-winning movies

 

Explore the complete NVIDIA Epic Story, visit www.netapp.com/builton.

 

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By Bryan Dean, Global Alliance Manager for Red Hat and  OpenStack Ecosystem, NetApp


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Thousands of IT professionals, technology vendors, and delivery partners are set to converge at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, most of who are plotting their course to a hybrid cloud model. This show is different than most as it demonstrates a clear, open source alternative path to architecting, deploying and managing a hybrid cloud environment with partners that you can trust.

 

NetApp and Red Hat are celebrating 15 years of collaborative innovation in the open source community that boasts many accomplishments of upstream contribution, enterprise hardening, and mutual support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization combined with NetApp’s world-class storage, data management, and FlexPod converged infrastructure solutions.  At Red Hat Summit 2014, NetApp and Red Hat will show how together we are building on this collaborative foundation and driving that same level of trust and dependability into open hybrid cloud solutions featuring Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

 

In San Francisco by the way, a wonderful venue choice, right in NetApp’s front yard, and where I personally grew up – we are looking forward to sharing how Red Hat and NetApp are collaborating on OpenStack community development and engineering to create a secure, elastic IaaS foundation that is optimal for mission critical workloads. Not only do we have session presentations and a full booth presence, we will be unveiling a new reference architecture, co-authored with Red Hat titled, “Deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform with NetApp clustered Data ONTAP.”

 

Red Hat Summit provides the perfect backdrop to highlight NetApp clustered Data ONTAP as the storage backbone of our joint OpenStack solution that delivers secure, scalable, high performance storage and data management. Customers and partners will learn how NetApp’s contributions to the OpenStack Cinder, Manila and Swift projects expose value-add block, file, and object storage features such as SnapShots, data-deduplication, cloning, and secure multi-tenancy.  

 

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco, and spending time to discuss the challenges of storage and data management across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments and how maintain security, compliance, high-availability, and scalability in this rapidly changing IT world. Looking at the preview video of Red Hat Summit gives a sense of the excitement and transformational experience of our journey to an open hybrid cloud. See you there.

 

Use NetApp VIP discount code CUSTSPONET1221 to unlock an exclusive rate of $995.

 

To stay in loop follow @RedHatNews and @RedHatSummit.

Untitled.pngBy Jon Jacob, Product Marketing Manager, FAS Systems, NetApp

 

Conserving energy is the right thing to do – not only is it good for the environment but it’s also financially smart. That’s why NetApp products are designed to reduce energy consumption and save you money on power and cooling.

 

Our commitment to the environment has prompted NetApp to lead the initial wave of ENERGY STAR qualifications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new program for Data Center Storage.

 

  • Today, we are proud to announce that configurations of our NetApp FAS2200 are ENERGY STAR certified. A majority of the EPA’s initial ENERGY STAR certified configurations are NetApp systems (FAS2220, FAS2240-2, FAS2240-4).
  • Plus, we are certifying NetApp E-Series configurations (E2700 and E5500) for mid-CY2014.

 

The EPA’s new program for Data Center Storage is similar to existing ENERGY STAR programs that cover appliances used in the home as well as servers used in businesses.

 

In designing our FAS systems, we focused on storage efficiency. For example, our Data ONTAP operating system for NetApp FAS was the first storage operating system to offer free data deduplication and data compression of primary and secondary storage. Other Data ONTAP technologies – such as thin provisioning, Snapshot copies, and RAID-DP – reduce the amount of storage required, lowering your energy usage and overall costs (CAPEX and OPEX).

 

These storage efficiency technologies have resulted in capacity savings of over 10 Exabytes, the equivalent of 10 MILLION 1TB disk drives. Those drives would have consumed 75MW of power – the equivalent of a small power plant!

 

NetApp E-Series systems are designed to deliver performance efficiency for the most demanding workloads. These very fast, dense and operationally efficient systems deliver high performance (GB/s or IOPS) per watt consumed. 

 

The storage and performance efficiency of the NetApp portfolio saves money by reducing your energy usage as well as capacity purchases and on-going operating expenses. And today, we are proud that our FAS2200 supports ENERGY STAR requirements being adopted globally.

 

Learn more on NetApp.com about our leadership in the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for Data Center Storage and look out for more news in the coming months regarding our green initiatives.

Cloud_Partnership_2_HiRes_RGB.jpgRecently NetApp, Microsoft and Cisco teamed up to tell the FlexPod private cloud story to Canadian business leaders in a series of executive round-table discussions held in major cities across Canada.

 

Beginning in late January 2014 and running through to spring, NetApp country manager Jeff Goldstein, Microsoft’s Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group Staci Trackey Meagher and Cisco’s Senior Vice President, Sales for Business Markets, Mike Ansley, are meeting with some of the largest public and private sector clients to share best practice and exchange ideas on the value converged infrastructure built on private cloud brings to business innovation.

 

Business leaders representing financial services, government, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, mining and resources attended. One of the surprises was that a large percentage of the audience had not heard of FlexPod or understood the value of private cloud. It was also the first time that many of the attendees learned that Cisco, Microsoft and NetApp were working together.

 

Led by media host Paolo del Nibletto of Computer Dealer News and featuring a keynote presentation by IDC analyst David Senf, the audience agreed that IT complexity is growing and causing a barrier for both IT and the business to innovate and transform go-to-market activities. In Vancouver, the attendees were also joined by Eric Mann, Senior Vice President, Americas Sales, NetApp who shared his perspective on the business value of the tight integration across the three organizations.

 

As the discussions progressed, key areas of focus were speed to market and ability to scale rapidly so that the enterprise could introduce new products and services quickly. Participants talked about the value of spinning up new environments in hours and minutes instead of days and weeks. With complexity dramatically reduced, IT could focus on enabling business growth and participating in business transformation. The idea of IT playing a more strategic role appealed to both line of business as well as technology leaders in attendance.

 

Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver dates have completed with Montreal set for later in the spring. For more information or to participate, contact kim.vokey@netapp.com

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NetApp in the News, 3/31/14

Posted by NETAPP_360 Mar 31, 2014

Cloud_News_1_HiRes.jpgEvery Monday we bring you top stories featuring NetApp that you may have missed from the previous week. Let us know what interests you by commenting below.

 

Tech 10: Must-See Big Data Storage ProductsCRN

This month's Tech 10 from CRN features NetApp's FAS8000 series! Discover how our FAS8000 storage systems can help IT managers meet the big data challenge.

 

4 key trends that every CIO should watchFCW

Mark Weber shares the four technology trends that he thinks are shaping up to occupy growing mind share among government CIOs, and are worth watching as the year progresses.

 

America's 50 Outstanding General Counsel The Netional Law Journal

The National Law Journal recognizes 50 lawyers who have what it takes to run exemplary in-house legal departments, including NetApp's Matthew Fawcett.

Regina Kunkle Picture.jpgBy Regina Kunkle, Vice President, Americas Channel, NetApp


It was 1914 when International Women’s Day was first celebrated on its officially proclaimed date of March 8, and in a handful of countries women publicly demonstrated their desire for equality, peace and justice. In 2014, over 1100 events took place around the globe. While it's unfortunate in one sense that we still must set aside one day a year to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women (true equality will come when this is no longer required), it does give us an opportunity to consciously evaluate and appreciate how far we've come in the past century.Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 3.53.10 PM.png

 

Today, young women are more empowered than ever to aspire to leadership roles across private industry and public service. At NetApp we have a proud history of encouraging women to enter our ranks. At the “C” level we have a number of women at the table. In fact there are many talented women in our organization who are making a difference across our company and the communities we live in.

 

While research reveals that the number of women joining and remaining in the ranks of high technology is still far too small, I am encouraged by the many diverse WIT (Women in Technology) associations that are springing up for the purpose of encouraging, mentoring and promoting opportunities for women in our industry. And they're paying off. According to the National Center for Women in Information Technology, IT is one of our fastest growing sectors. There will be jobs for women, and lots of them.

 

Our mission is clear: we must continue to encourage young women to consider careers in high technology. And like the strong, brave women who went before, they will open up opportunities for themselves to chart a diverse and rewarding course by becoming entrepreneurs, visionaries, innovators and leaders.

10Gb_SFP.pngBy Brian Mitchell, NetAppGeek.com 

 

With the recent debut of release candidates for clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.1, NetApp now recommends that customers running FAS6280, 6290, 8040, and 8060 systems use all four onboard ports for the cluster-interconnect. While this is not a requirement, the additional interconnect ports are necessary to reach peak performance for "remote workloads" – that is, when a logical interface (LIF) home port serves data from a node that is different than the node which actually owns the data.

 

Four-Port-FAS8000.pngThis recommendation means high-throughput applications (such as animation, rendering, or computer-aided design) will leverage the cluster interconnect more effectively during large sequential remote reads. It is expected that future releases of clustered Data ONTAP will provide further interconnect performance increases for additional workloads over time.

 

Even with clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.1, setting up a switched cluster will still default to using 2 cluster interfaces; however, it is possible to override the settings to 4 interfaces. Once configured, clustered Data ONTAP components (SpinNP, CSM, etc.) will automatically load-balance – just as they have done for many years now.

 

It is also possible to reconfigure an existing node from 2 to 4 cluster interfaces.

 

Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.1 RC2 is now available for download from the NetApp Support Site.

Hands_Jewels_1_HiRes.jpgNetApp Extends its Congratulations to Cisco on 5 Years of UCS

 

By Thomas Stanley, Senior Vice President Global Partner Sales & Alliances, NetApp

 

All great partnerships start with a shared vision of where the industry is going and this ultimately defines the NetApp and Cisco relationship. Our two companies came together with a common goal - deliver unique value to our customers and define the future of the data center.

 

To successfully navigate changing market conditions, our customers need to take advantage of infinite business capabilities but the ability to maintain control is not easy.  CIOs and IT are embracing new trends to deliver IT faster, cheaper, and smarter in order to make their organizations more responsive and competitive. Together with our partners, NetApp helps customers face the challenges the new generation of cloud and mobile applications bring. 

 

Our partnership with Cisco has achieved success due to our combined goal of building products to continue defining the market.  We saw a need for business leaders to consolidate their IT infrastructure, save energy costs, host more applications, share resources across different departments, and become more secure. With this clear need, the two companies combined their resources and created the product that would ultimately define our partnership, FlexPod.

 

Five years ago, Cisco shocked the IT industry by entering the server market with its innovative Unified Computing System. Today, Cisco UCS is #2 in the x86 blade server market, a remarkable feat considering they were unknown to server vendors five years ago.

 

Our joint FlexPod solution includes Cisco UCS, NetApp unified storage systems, and Cisco Nexus networking fabric. We value having a winning product such as Cisco UCS as part of FlexPod.

 

The success of FlexPod has far exceeded our expectations. Recent data shows FlexPod enjoys a clear leadership position in the emerging Converged Infrastructure marketplace with more than 3,700 customers, served by 1,000 resellers in 85 countries.

 

Through all this success, nothing is more important than delivering true, sustained value to customers, and in recognizing this milestone, together Cisco and NetApp will continue to change and transforms IT infrastructure to meet the needs of organizations globally.

 

Congratulations to Cisco on the success of UCS.

 

Here’s to continuing our partnership and celebrating more exciting milestones together.

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NetApp in the News, 3/24/14

Posted by NETAPP_360 Mar 24, 2014

Every Monday we bring you top stories featuring NetApp that you may have missed from the previous week. Let us know what interests you by commenting below.


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NetApp CFO: The Finance Chief’s Role Is Growing - The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Journal highlights the evolving and expanding role of the CFO and how it relates to the IT industry and the cloud in this Q&A with NetApp CFO Nick Noviello.

 

Simple Innovations Create the Most Impact - CIO Review

The CIO's role is changing from being focused on back office and core operations to delivering value to the organization. NetApp CIO Cynthia Stoddard discusses how success requires creating real balance.

 

NetApp CMO Julie Parrish on Why the ‘CIO-CMO’ Gap is Widening - Computerworld (India)

Julie Parrish speaks with Computerworld India about how marketing has transformed and why the CIO-CMO gap seems to be widening.

 

SAP joins hands with HP, Intel, NetApp, and Red Hat to create world's largest data warehouse - InformationWeek (India)

NetApp collaborated to achieve a new Guinness World Record in the “World's Largest Data Warehouse” category!

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