Cloud storage provider NetApp announced this week at VMworld 2013 that it has added new integrations with VMware solutions and NetApp clustered Data ONTAP software to enable users to perform nondisruptive migration of data for hundreds of virtual machines at a time.
The partnership comes the same week that VMware released VMware vCloud Suite 5.5, which features new and improved product functionality as well as broad product integrations.
This enhancement, together with NetApp integrations for VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon Suite, VMware vCenter Server, VMware vCloud Automation Center, and VMware vCenter Log Insight simplify and accelerate the deployment of software-defined storage in a software-defined data center.
These new integrations enable organizations to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver new services with maximum application uptime and uninterrupted business operations.
SDS powered by NetApp clustered Data ONTAP allows customers to accelerate their business through innovation and enable IT agility spanning the data center to end-user computing.
NetApp continues to deliver on the vision for software-defined storage with new solutions that help IT organizations accelerate responsiveness to business challenges.
NetApp also announced it has released Virtual Storage Console 5.0, a new release of its end-to-end storage management software for VMware environments that includes support of and integration with VMware vCenter Server 5.5.
NetApp is also offering general availability of the Flash Accel 1.2 server cache, which offers integration with vSphere 5.0 and vSphere 5.1 for management of server-level cache.
The company offers complete integration and new design best practices with recent versions of VMware solutions, including vCloud Suite 5.5, vCloud Automation Center, and VMware Horizon View.
NetApps new integration with VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 and NetApp clustered Data ONTAP software enable nondisruptive migration of data for hundreds of virtual machines at a time.
Meanwhile, the storage virtual machine technology in clustered Data ONTAP abstracts data access and data services from hardware, which lets customers deploy on their desired storage platform.
NetApp will soon release Virtual Storage Console 5.0, its latest end-to-end storage management software for VMware environments.
Available in late 2013, the solution adds integration with the VMware vSphere Web Client, policy-based management via vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness for clustered Data ONTAP VSC 5.0 enables greater real-time visibility into the performance and health of the storage environment.
NetApp and VMware are accelerating organizations’ transition to the cloud. VMware Horizon Suite on clustered Data ONTAP can extend the ability to transparently migrate data within a cluster to provide nondisruptive load balancing, hardware maintenance, or technology refreshes and rapidly and cost effectively deliver new services.
NetApp integrations with VMware vCenter Orchestrator and VMware vCloud Automation Center let organizations automate and orchestrate storage monitoring, provisioning, and data protection.
Finally, NetApp is also offering general availability of Flash Accel 1.2, which speeds application performance by turning server-side flash into a cache for storing “hot,” frequently accessed data.
The new software release includes support for VMware vSphere 5.1 and other key features including vSphere vMotion, DRS, and HA support.
“The cloud is enabling this new era of IT service delivery to help businesses be more flexible, responsive, and competitive,” said Brendon Howe, vice president of product and solutions marketing at NetApp. “One movement — software-defined storage — is part of this transformation in IT that helps break down technology barriers, driving increased agility, simplicity, and efficiency. NetApp and VMware will continue to align our development efforts to help organizations and CIOs realize the agility of the cloud and the power of clustered Data ONTAP and its integration to VMware vCloud Suite to focus on IT server delivery versus hardware limits.”
Earlier this year, Interoute Communications integrated the NetApp Storage Virtual Machines into Interoute Virtual Data Center, and Equinix began offering NetApp Private Storage for AWS in Equinix International Business Exchange data centers.