fusion-io.pngBy Tyler Smith, Vice-President of Alliances and Field Marketing, Fusion-io

 

When applications are underperforming—in either virtual or non-virtual environments—there’s a simple solution that reduces latency and improves server throughput: server caching. Adding flash memory to the server as a cache can boost the performance of databases and other applications. Server caching also keeps costs down by working with your existing storage and network infrastructure.

 

In a NetApp environment, server caching provides dramatic application performance. Caching allows enterprises to balance performance and data management resources, while reducing overall costs. And because of NetApp's superior storage architecture, caching reads improves back-end storage performance as well.

 

In a virtualization environment, server caching from NetApp and Fusion-io, allows you to:

  • Support more VMs per physical host
  • Reduce the cost per VM
  • Virtualize more applications
  • Reduce hardware costs per application
  • Reduce time to provision new requirements
  • Improve SLAQ metrics for existing VMs
  • Create performance and capacity tiers within your ESX environment

 

In both virtualized and non-virtualized environments, server caching also enables you to

  • Reduce SAN I/O workload
  • Achieve more efficient writes
  • Extend the capability of an array to support more applications
  • Reduce application latency

We’re committed to enabling enterprises to accelerate the applications that drive business decisions, and we are thrilled to be NetApp’s strategic server cache technology partner. NetApp and its channel partners resell ioTurbine for virtualized environments, and directCache for non-virtualized, physical environments. NetApp's expanded portfolio of flash products, coupled with Fusion ioMemory hardware and server caching software, enables customers to maximize performance and application response times across the entire datacenter.


In our real-time world, everyone demands instant responses. No one wants to wait. Learn more about our joint solutions with NetApp and find out how flash and caching solutions can help your organization. 


StBoption1.jpgHere’s a question for you: Did you know that in 2012 NetApp became a Platinum Level Sponsor of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer charity that funds pediatric cancer research, and since 2007 we’ve raised in excess of $3.4 million? That’s right! It’s something that we are proud of and looking to build upon in 2013.

 

Once again, we’re hosting dozens of shaving events around the globe to support the efforts of St. Baldrick’s. Our first event kicks off in the Big Apple (NYC) on March 7th and closes out May 9th in our nation’s capital Washington, DC. We can’t forget to mention the huge NetApp HQ event slotted for March 14th. Find an event near you here and while you're at it take a look at this amazing infographic, outline why we support St. Baldrick's.

 

In addition to the events, today we launch our second “Tweet to Fight Childhood Cancer” Twitter campaign, which was a huge success last year, donating nearly $1,500 to the St. Baldrick’s. Read below to learn how you can make a difference by simply tweeting.


 

Tweet to Fight Childhood Cancer - #NetAppStBaldricks

 

We’re looking to mobilize our employees, customer, partners and others who care about fighting childhood cancers to contribute to St. Baldrick's through social media. Tweet @NetApp using the #NetAppStBaldricks hashtag, and NetApp will donate a $1 to @StBaldricks, up to $5,000, through May 9, 2013 (11:59pm PT).

Here’s how it works:

 

Step 1.

 

Follow us on Twitter @NetApp. Already follow us? Move on to step 2.

 

Step 2.

 

Include the #NetAppStBaldricks hashtag in your tweets, through the end of April, and for every tweet we will pledge $1 on your behalf. 

 

Step 3.

 

Spread the word by encouraging your friends and peers to join in.

 

Step 4.

Look for tweets from @NetApp updating followers as we near our goal.

So what are you waiting for? Tweet now and help find a cure for childhood cancer.

 

While the phrase “social media” doesn’t fall under each and every job description within an organization, that doesn’t mean all employees can’t find opportunities to get involved in social conversations. The key is to understand how to participate in a way that benefits both themselves and their organizations.

 

Beginning next Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 8, we’re helping NetApp employees located at our Sunnyvale headquarters learn the steps required to properly engage through social media. In an effort to help raise awareness and empower everyone to get involved, Social Media Week will provide employees with the knowledge they need to build their online brands and engage on a variety of social platforms.

 

In addition to in-person training sessions focused on social networks such as LinkedIn and Twitter, what will the week include? Here’s a look:

 

  • Exclusive Speaker Session with Industry Experts: Moderated by Christopher Barger, Senior Vice President of Global Programs at Voce Communications, this panel session will discuss the challenges, approaches and bottom-line impact of social media. Panelists include:
    • Social_Media_Logo_1_HiRes.jpgTodd Wilms, Senior Director of Social, SAP
    • Jeanette Gibson, Senior Director, Social & Digital Marketing, Cisco
    • Len Devanna, Director of Social Business Strategy, PwC (former social strategist at EMC)
    • Shanee Ben-Zur, Social Media Manager, Salesforce

 

  • “Social Media for Social Good” Session: How can social media impact fundraising efforts? This session will showcase crowdsourcing successes and offer tips and tricks when it comes to generating support for your own personal causes.

 

  • Professional Headshots for Social Media Profiles: To celebrate the new Revlon Epic Story Launch, employees will have the opportunity to showcase the beauty of the professional in each of them with free professional headshots for use on their social media profiles.

 

Now ask yourself – how can you get involved on social media? What benefits do you see for both yourself and your organization by actively engaging in social conversations?

 

If you’re a NetApp employee located on our Sunnyvale campus, click here for more details about our upcoming Social Media Week, including locations and times for each of the week’s activities.


By Ling Wang, NetApp Product Marketing Manager

 

NetApp Named “Champion” and winner of “Best Overall Value” for Small to Mid-range Storage by Info-Tech Research Group

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As we all know, value is everything to MSB customers. In a recent Vendor Landscape report, Info-Tech Research Group recognized NetApp as a “Champion” in the category of small to mid-range storage, and the winner of the “Best Overall Value” award for its FAS2200 product line. Exciting news for our FAS team, adding to the success we have been enjoying since the launch of the new FAS2200 line. More importantly this once again confirms NetApp as the leader in the MSB market.

 

This year’s Vendor Landscape report ranked 7 other competitors including storage giants such as EMC, Dell, HP, as well as smaller players such as Nimble, Nexsan (acquired by Imation in January 2013), Tegile, and IceWEB.

 

So what makes you a Champion? According to Info-Tech Research Group, “Champions receive high scores for most evaluation criteria and offer excellent value. They have a strong market presence and are usually the trend setters for the industry.” The storage vendors were evaluated for their viability, strategy, reach and channel, and the products for their features, usability, affordability and architecture. NetApp is the ONLY company that scored “Exemplary” for seven out of the eight criteria and “good” or above against ALL criteria.

 

Our FAS2200 won the “Best Overall Value” award with a stunning score of 100 with the next competitor with a score of 69, and nearly doubling the industry average of 52.  As a measure of “bang-for-the-buck”, the value score was an index of each vendor’s product offering and business strength against their price point. Indeed, with a starting price for as low as $8,000, and a three-year TCO between $25,000 and $50,000, the lowest among all products evaluated, FAS2200 line is a dream-come-true for the often cash-strapped MSB customers.

 

Now, here comes the second half of the good news – fortunately in NetApp’s case, exceptional value does not mean compromises in features and performance. While being evaluated for “Advanced Features”, NetApp leads the pack as the ONLY vendor that supports ALL 10 of them in the FAS2200 line, which include Unified File and Block Storage, Solid State Caching, SSD Tier, Auto-tiering, VMware VAAI, VMware VASA/SRM, Block Deduplication, Compression, Inline Compression, and Virtualized Array.

 

The fact that we introduced Flash Pool technology and the new System Setup tool to the entry line is attributed as one of the key reasons to win. With the read and write caching capability that came with the Flash Pool technology, customers can enjoy the ultra-fast performance of SSD’s without the price tag of a full Flash array. The new GUI-based System Setup utility takes you through 3 simple screens and helps you get up and running within minutes.

 

Here is a list of praises about NetApp in the report -

 

  • “With a common platform and tool set across its storage portfolio, NetApp facilitates evolution from entry to enterprise.”
  • “Introduction of Flash Pools brings flash performance to entry level systems where cost of Flash Cache might be out of reach.”
  • “VMware integration continues to be a strong point for NetApp, with extensive block and NAS VMware API support, and one of the only vendors to bring VMware APIs for Storage Awareness and Site Recovery Manager to its entry level products.”
  • “Advanced technologies and tools for thin provisioning, thin replication, thin snapshots, inline compression, deduplication, and efficient use of flash all help optimize disk utilization, as well as network bandwidth utilization.”

 

As the report puts it, “NetApp has been excelling in the small to mid-range since its inception, and with an appealing price point to boot”. Packed with advanced features that are usually only found in high-end systems, positioned at a “surprisingly low price point” for a mature solution, NetApp’s FAS2200 line is well poised to continue to woo MSB customers who are looking for a cost-effective yet flexible solution with a rich feature set that is easy to use and able to grow with them into the future. Start right, keep it simple and grow smart. FAS2200 is the way to go.

 

Visit FAS2200 product page to judge it for yourself. And read the complete details of the Info-Tech Research Group report here.

 

Take a test drive and see what NetApp has to offer on FAS2200 with the world's #1 storage operating system, Data ONTAP.

By Mark Conway, Sr Program Lead, NetApp Academic Alliances Program

 

Once the cap is tossed at the long awaited graduation ceremony and the confetti is swept from the auditorium floor, then what? Students work to gain the necessary skills to set their résumés apart from the competing candidates vying for a coveted position. Do not worry…NetApp is here to help.

 

Technology companies like NetApp are always seeking experienced and skilled employees who understand storage and its important role in data infrastructure. Additionally, our customers and partners are also looking for candidates with similar skills.

 

Two years ago, NetApp launched the Academic Alliances Program to build a formal industry-academic partnership program to support faculty members interested in infusing storage and data management content into their courses. The program has several goals:

  • Grow NetApp’s brand and awareness with the academic community;
  • Educate faculty in IT-related departments about the importance of including storage in their curriculum;
  • Support the State, Local, and Education (SLED) sales teams to add value and differentiate NetApp to our higher education customers; and,
  • Grow a pipeline of storage-savvy college graduates to support the NetApp ecosystem.

 

Hundreds of students have now logged thousands of training hours learning the role storage and data management play in virtual shared infrastructures (the cloud). Also, NetApp University has just launched the NetApp Certified Storage Associate (NCSA)—an entry-level certification designed for college students. Many two-year and technical schools build their IT program around various industry certifications, and the NCSA gives NetApp a focused, packaged curriculum that aligns with schools’ interests. We are working to develop students with the technical knowledge and skills to deploy and manage solutions. The end result is a rich curriculum, a strong workforce, and a robust NetApp environment.

 

To learn more about the Academic Alliances Program and/or the new NCSA certification check out: nt-ap.com/14SSrxx.

 

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By Jon Jacob, Product Marketing Manager, Storage Systems, NetApp

 

No matter what business you’re in, your mission-critical applications share a common requirement. They need a highly available, agile storage architecture that can easily scale performance and capacity as your business demands grow and change.

 

NetApp is excited to announce three new FAS6200 models—and corresponding V-Series models for connecting with third-party storage arrays. These systems are designed to meet escalating data needs for a wide range of critical businesses including service providers, finance companies, and healthcare. Optimized for flash and clustering, the 6200 series delivers the performance, availability, and scale necessary to support the mission-critical, tier 1 applications you depend on to drive your success. You can quickly and cost-effectively react to changing business requirements with the proven agility and storage efficiency that the 6200 delivers.

 

The three new models, FAS/V6220, FAS/V6250, and FAS/V6290, drive higher performance and value, with 50% to 100% more memory and greater I/O connectivity in the base configuration.

 

The 6200 series delivers:

  • Proven performance with consistently quick response times for both SAN and NAS workloads, as demonstrated by strong results on industry-standard benchmarks.
  • The broadest Flash portfolio (Flash Cache, Flash Pool, and Flash Accel), so you can choose the best technology to accelerate your workloads.
  • Industry-leading scale to over 65PB of storage, enabling you to grow almost without limits.

 

Because data availability is increasingly essential for business success, these 6200 systems use clustered Data ONTAP to provide a new level of nondisruptive operations. Updates and routine maintenance can be done without ever interrupting critical applications or busy users. Your IT team is no longer forced to schedule service during off hours. You can incorporate new FAS6200 systems, and new V-Series models in front of third-party arrays, into the cluster without disruption. Plus you can mix FAS/V generations, families, and models in the same cluster, so you can create a storage environment that grows with your business and never requires disruptive upgrades.

 

The result is an enterprise storage solution that allows you to maintain focus on your business without worrying about IT infrastructure limitations and system management difficulties. The NetApp FAS/V platform, combined with Data ONTAP, enables you to design a storage infrastructure that delivers impact faster, achieves nondisruptive operations, and scales (nearly) without limits.

 

To learn more, watch this 5-minute video on NetApp.com that includes comments by Darryl Meidinger of Univita Health, a satisfied FAS6200 customer. And watch the updated FAS6200 video on the family homepage that explains the details I’ve touched on here and more.

 

 

By Rip Wilson, NetApp

 

For enterprise organizations today, the need for high performance is a given. Equally important, but often less discussed, is the ability to protect data and offer the kind of robustness that allows for 24-7 data availability and reliability. For systems deployed in critical applications, being able to have a highly reliable and available system with data protection technologies built in is essential.

 

For enterprise organizations that require that extreme performance and reliability, NetApp is excited to offer the new EF540 flash array—the industry’s first all flash array to combine extreme performance with enterprise-class high availability, proven reliability and 24-7 worldwide support.

 

Designed for performance-driven applications, the EF540 delivers over 300,000 IOPS and submillisecond data access in a highly available, fault tolerant architecture. It enables customers to meet performance requirements without over-provisioning, dramatically reducing costs by cutting space utilization, power and cooling. Business-critical database applications can run up to 500 percent faster than in traditional storage environments, delivering instant response times and enterprise-class reliability.

 

Featuring intuitive storage management and advanced tuning functions that enable efficient administration with minimal effort, the EF540 maximizes application value and has a fully redundant architecture designed to eliminate downtime. Because these application workloads typically support the development and revenue generating operations of businesses, the EF540 is designed to deliver the resiliency and service diagnostic capabilities customers demand from enterprise arrays, as well as advanced snapshots for instant backups and remote replication for rapid disaster recovery.

 

For customers with workloads demanding extreme IOPS or throughput, the EF540 is the optimal choice for consistent, low-latency access to data. Business applications, such as transaction processing, data warehousing and real-time analytics, can be highly impacted by responsiveness and latency. When performance and response of the application is tightly linked to revenue, customer satisfaction or time to market become tightly linked to competitive advantage and critical to business success.

 

For dedicated, performance-driven applications that require highly responsive, reliable architectures, the EF540 draws from NetApp’s long history of leadership, experience and execution to meet and exceed customer needs for performance and scale.

This week, NetApp unveiled our expanded Flash portfolio, which includes the release of EF540 and a preview of FlashRay. The EF540's rich scale-out and storage efficiency features maximize the benefits of all-flash arrays, while the forthcoming FlashRay family will provide end-users flexibility, choice, and maximize the value of flash across the entire compute, network, and storage stack.

 

Looking back, we wanted to share a few select pieces that best illustrate the growing capabilities of NetApp in enabling our customers to go further, faster.

 

NetApp's Latest Flash Storage Arrays Target Enterprises' Need for Speed - eWeek

 

Flash Is King - Netapp Announces Key Strategy and Products for Future Growth - Forbes

 

NetApp releases all-flash array - Computerworld

 

NetApp Lays Out All-Flash Storage Array Strategy - CRN

 

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Las Vegas here we come! That’s right, next week NetApp will be at VMware Partner Exchange 2013 (PEX). Festivities kick-off on Monday, February 25th and we have tons of activities lined up for you. Are you curious what we have up our sleeves for PEX? Find everything you need to know from our booth location to features speaking sessions below.

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Visit Us at Booth #1409

Stop by our booth, chat with one of our knowledgeable experts and discover how to accelerate your business success with an agile data infrastructure. Also, find out how NetApp® and VMware® solutions can help you:

 

  • Build an agile data infrastructure foundation using the world's #1 storage OS, Data ONTAP® architecture.
  • Simplify sales cycle by deploying joint NetApp and VMware solutions
  • Accelerate business growth through NetApp partner programs, trainings, and tools.


While at our booth look for in-booth demos focusing on VMware View, NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP and more! See the full list here.


Social Media at PEX ‘13

No matter if you will be joining us in Vegas or keeping tabs from a far, stay update-to-date by following @NetApp and @NetAppPartners on Twitter. Also, share your thoughts and read what others are saying with our event hashtag #NetAppPEX. It does not stop there! Keep you eyes peeled for new content on Facebook and LinkedIn too.

 

NetApp PEX Tweetup

Tuesday, February 26, 2:00-3:00pm

 

Stop by the NetApp booth (#1409) for an hour of tweeting, laughs and handshakes. Don’t forget to tell your Twitter followers, Facebook friends, and LinkedIn buddies to join us too. Once the event is underway be sure to tweet up a storm and follow along with the #NetAppPEX hashtag.

 

Test Drive Clustered Data ONTAP

If you like what you’ve heard and seen about virtualization using VMware on NetApp, you can test it out yourself! We launched last week a Test Drive program where you can download an evaluation version of the vCloud Suite running on Clustered ONTAP. Attend the NetApp boot camp or visit the NetApp booth (#1409) for download instructions.

 

All you have to do is register here and download the Test Drive, the only hardware required is a single server! And best of all, if you decide to convert it from an evaluation to a production environment, you can do so completely non-disruptively.

 

 

NetApp Boot Camps

Looking to get your PEX experience off on the right foot? Hear all about our latest solutions and programs from NetApp technical and marketing leaders during our boot camp sessions taking place on Monday, February 25th.  Just by attending you will receive information to download a free, no-risk test drive of NetApp and VMware virtualization and data protection software.


 

NetApp Speaking Sessions

We have a solid line-up of speaking sessions in place for PEX, include Tuesday's session with NetApp’s Vaughn Stewart and PeakColo’s Luke Norris. Plan to get there early because the first 200 attendees will receive a copy of the book “Virtualization Changes Everything: Storage Strategies for VMware vSphere & Cloud Computing” by Vaughn Stewart and Michael Slisinger. 

 

You can find all the details for all of the sessions here.

 

Featured Sessions

PO2307 - Storage Designed for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

Tuesday, February 26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

 

Vaughn Stewart - Director of Cloud Computing, NetApp

 

 

Other Featured Sessions:

TEX1437 - Storage Strategies for VMware vSphere & vCloud Suite

Wednesday, February 27, 11:00am – 12:00pm

 

Vaughn Stewart - Director of Cloud Computing, NetApp

Alex Jauch - Partner Architect, VMware

 

SPO2247 - Take Charge of Your Customer’s Public Cloud Through the Channel Using White-labeled Solutions

Wednesday, February 27, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

 

Vaughn Stewart - Director of Cloud Computing, NetApp
Luke Norris - CEO, PeakColo

 

NetApp VIP Program

Schedule a one-hour meeting with a channel-focused NetApp sales executives, marketing managers, and/or technical experts. Fore more information about the NetApp VIP Program, click here.

twitter-chat.pngThere is no one-size-fits-all approach to Flash in the Enterprise. Some companies require dedicated All Flash Arrays, while for many hybrid solutions are the best way to bridge the divide between reality (budget) and results. But what are the criteria for evaluating which Flash technology is right for which workload? What are the various options available for companies?

 

Following on the heels of today's Flash announcement, NetApp will be hosting a Twitter chat to address these questions and more. Join us this Thursday, February 21, from 10-11am PT, and use the #netappflash hashtag on Twitter. Our distinguished panelists include:

 

 

We invite you to ask your questions, share your thoughts, provide your perspective, or just watch the conversation and learn about Flash in the Enterprise. All you need to do to participate is use the #netappflash hashtag on Twitter.

 

You can find full details and follow along at this page, but remember – if you want to participate you'll need to use #netappflash on Twitter.

In this video Brendon Howe, NetApp's Vice President of Product and Solutions Marketing, discusses NetApp's latest flash announcements.

 

In this video Nathan Moffitt and Jon Jacob (NetApp) provide details about the recent enhancements to the FAS6200 product line while Darryl Meidinger (Univita) shares his thoughts about NetApp FAS6200 systems and the role of IT in his company.

 

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This week Cal Poly (that's California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) hosted an event at their Performing Arts Center on "Maintaining your Entrepreneurship Edge as your Company Grows".  As a recognized innovation leader, NetApp was invited to participate in the discussion, and I joined an esteemed group of panelists along with Mike Tate, former CFO of NetLogic MicroSystems, Jon Avina, partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Rick Stollmeyer, founder of MINDBODY. 

 

The conversation focused on how companies can maintain that entrepreneurial spirit, even as their headcount and geographic presence expands. The term "intrapreneurship" was referenced, and I mentioned my belief that we have tons of that here at NetApp.  How do high-growth companies maintain innovation and an entrepreneurial edge?  By cultivating a culture that values individual opinion, creative thinking, and autonomy. 

 

At NetApp, our Advanced Technology Group tracks and evaluates emerging technology trends that affect the storage industry and our long-term business.  Researchers and analysts ponder the next wave of innovative solutions to meet anticipated future customer demands.  We've hired a staff within the Office of the CTO to think beyond our current roadmap, prototype ideas, and transition those inventions to development for new product release.

 

However, innovative ideas do not only arise from a dedicated group of scientists.  Everyone in an organization can think of new ways to resolve a problem or dramatically improve upon an existing set of processes.  The key to whether those ideas are developed or stifled is the environment in which they are presented.  At NetApp we value individual thought and idea generation.  We encourage people to pursue their passion and identify better methods and products to meet the needs of our customers.  We delegate decision making so we can stay nimble.  And we've been awarded for our innovations that transform business by being named one of the world's most innovative companies by Forbes.

 

Though the panelists were supposed to be the role models for the event, I found the students at Cal Poly were equally inspirational. Their drive to succeed in new business ventures, even in this tepid economy, demonstrated their motivation has no bounds. I truly enjoyed my time at their Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Hopefully these students will consider joining us because Intrapreneurship Thrives at NetApp.

This post was originally published to TomTALKS.

 

Would you rather give a plaque or receive one? Join NetApp Vice Chairmen, Tom Mendoza, as he asks this question and many more to find out if you have what it takes to become a successful leader.

 

 


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NetApp in the News, 2/11/13

Posted by NETAPP_360 Feb 11, 2013

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.

 

NetApp, SAP Deepen Database Commitment - Channelnomics

NetApp and SAP deepen their strategic partnership to support next-generation solutions.

 

3 Steps to Build your Personal Brand for Tomorrow's Business - Forbes

NetApp CIO Cynthia Stoddard shares 3 steps to help you create and maintain your personal brand.

 

Three Reasons to Update Your Next Storage RFPSearchStorage

Jim Lyons shares three reasons why storage professionals need to update their request-for-proposal (RFP).

 

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By Jon Benedict

 

The first oVirt Workshop of 2013 was held this past week at NetApp headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. It was a great event and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout as these workshops are critical to growing the oVirt community of developers and users. Before I get into why it was a success and some of my favorite highlights, I’d like to provide a little background in regards to oVirt.

 

ovirt1.pngoVirt, or Open Virtualization, is the open source project dedicated to developing the software ecosystem around the KVM hypervisor, as well as the upstream for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. The oVirt project was launched by Red Hat at LinuxCon 2011 in Vancouver as part of Red Hat’s effort to not only open source their Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) platform, but to encourage a larger open source community around it. IBM, Intel, Cisco, SuSE, and NetApp were all asked to join oVirt at the board level. And make no mistake about it, NetApp is proud to be the only storage vendor on the board and is represented on that board by the author of this article.

 

Now onto the workshop that was held last week at NetApp headquarters. NetApp’s director of standards, David Dale, and VP of Data Center Platforms, Patrick Rogers kicked off Day 1 with their respective keynotes. David provided great detail on the trade organizations and standards groups that NetApp is involved in, while Patrick brought the focus much closer to his organization’s commitment to contributing to open source. This was followed by technical presentations and discussions.

 

ovirt.pngThe first presentation that I’d like to highlight was NetApp’s own Chris Morrissey, lead developer for Red Hat integration, who presented progress made on the “Virtual Storage Console” (VSC) for RHEV. This is a plugin that will allow a RHEV administrator to discover and provision storage directly from the RHEV management interface. Additionally, VSC for RHEV 1.0 will also include a rapid cloning utility for NFS-based virtual machines. The audience was very impressed with the progress made by NetApp and several folks mentioned that no one else had created plug-ins that were anywhere near the scope of the VSC for RHEV.

 

Red Hat’s director of RHEV engineering, Itamar Heim, gave the next presentation that I’d like to highlight. His presentation was centered on the integration of oVirt and Quantum, which is a network-as-a-service that was originally developed as part of the OpenStack cloud platform. Quantum provides a common API that supports many software-based networks. Integrating oVirt, and therefore RHEV, with Quantum greatly adds to the virtual networking tools available such as Open vSwitch, Cisco UCS/Nexus plugins, and others.

 

So what about the “success” that I mentioned in the beginning? I measured this success for this event based on a couple of key indicators - healthy attendance, substantive content, and constructive dialogue driven by the first two indicators.

 

Nearly 100 open source enthusiasts registered for the event, which was attended by top customers such as Yahoo, key engineers across a range of leading technology partners such as Symantec, board members, key oVirt contributors, and lots of enthusiastic users. From the content standpoint, I tend to judge a presentation based on the questions asked and conversations sparked. Here too was a great success in that each presentation generated great inquiries as wall as multiple “hallway” discussions.

 

In wrapping up, I’d like to invite you to join us for any future oVirt events. We keep things updated fairly well on the oVirt website - http://ovirt.org. And in the case of this specific event, we’ve even made some of the presentations available for those that could not attend. If you’d like to see more examples of how Red Hat and NetApp are integrating, you might check out http://CaptainKVM.com, a KVM and NetApp-centric blog.

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.

 

The Super Bowl's Data MVP: NetApp - Bloomberg West

NetApp Vice Chairman Tom Mendoza discusses the company's Super Bowl data plans with Jon Erlichman on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West."

 

NFL Calls Play on Technology - FOX Business

FBN's Shibani Joshi talks with Tom Mendoza about Netapp teaming up with the NFL for data storage on Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Cisco, NetApp Expand FlexPod Partnership - Data Center Knowledge

NetApp and Cisco announce an expanded alliance partnership with FlexPod.


 

With IT, cancer registry management made easier - The Washington Post

NetApp helps IMS to provide a straightforward way to manage complex data for the NCI cancer registry.

 

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Companies are investing heavily in Latin America, in countries including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, in hopes of taking advantage of the rapidly growing need for cloud computing.

 

At the recent LatinComm Conference and Expo, the first event of its kind focused on the burgeoning IP communications industry in Latin America, Wilson Grava, vice president of NetApp Latin America, discussed the state of cloud computing in the panel “Is Latin America Ready for the Cloud?”

 

Following is a Q&A on some of the Latin American trends and challenges Wilson shared during the conversation in Miami, Florida, on January 30, 2013.


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Q: Companies are investing heavily in Latin American countries in hopes of taking advantage of the rapidly growing need for cloud computing. Why? What is the opportunity?

A: There is a lot of contrast between where IT stood five years ago and where it is today in Latin America. In many ways our region has leapfrogged the evolutionary process of corporate IT that many companies in the developed world experienced.  Businesses in our region have essentially gone from proprietary on-premise legacy systems directly to private and public clouds, sidestepping hosting and managed services that were very popular years ago in the U.S.


 

This is why the cloud has been touted as “the great equalizer,” allowing visionary executives from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and countries all over the region to be on the same competitive level as many global and international corporations. This provides an opportunity at all levels—for technology companies and vendors like NetApp and our partners, who are implementing these technologies; to businesses that are becoming more agile and flexible; to the end users who benefit from better services and products; to the local economies in each country that benefit from healthy and growing industries.


 

Q: Is Latin America indeed ready for cloud computing?

A: Cloud computing is already a reality in Latin America. There’s a big misconception that our region is lagging behind when it comes to cloud computing. However, according to research from Tata Consultancy Services, cloud applications made up 39% of total corporate software applications in large companies in Latin America compared to 28% in Asia-Pacific, 19% in the United Sates, and only 12% in Europe. I believe that the majority of companies in the region are already in the cloud or are considering it.

 

Specifically in our region, I see public-sector organizations making amazing investments and doing projects in the cloud, from basic things like making information available to citizens to complex projects including provisioning to a shared environment with thousands of employees. I see the public sector as a “cloud computing champion” in Latin America, moving from very static operations to dynamic and flexible ones.


 

Q: What are some of the challenges LATAM countries face in taking full advantage of this technology?

A: The region still lags behind the U.S. and Europe when it comes to having a solid legal framework with policies that adapt to the emerging needs of the current IT landscape, especially with regard to data transfer, data collection, and data privacy.


 

Another challenge I foresee as cloud computing becomes more and more widespread in Latin America is having a skilled IT workforce to manage the new cloud systems. IDC recently estimated that there are 1.7 million cloud-related jobs today and that this number will grow to 7 million by 2015.


 

Cloud computing is the big driver behind IT spending in Latin America, and, as it continues to grow in the region, the need for this skilled workforce will grow as well.


 

Q: What should CIOs focus on when considering cloud computing offerings? How does cloud computing impact business? 

A: The least difficult part of moving to the cloud is choosing and implementing the actual technology, because many options are available to meet all needs: Companies can do the implementation themselves, use a cloud broker, or host their applications somewhere else in private clouds, public clouds, or hybrids. However, with a new infrastructure comes the foundation for an entirely new set of standards and service levels. If I were a CIO, I would make sure to first do an internal evaluation of the applications we’d like to move—the type of availability each one would have, the security levels, the management levels, and so on. It’s key to have this internal framework prior to making a move to the cloud.

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