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Clustered Data ONTAP abstracts physical storage into a set of Storage Virtual Machines (SVM; formerly known as vServer). This allows NetApp to deliver native multi-tenant, policy-based storage services via programmable APIs and application integrations

BANGALORE, INDIA: NetApp announced a new version of storage operating system - clustered Data ONTAP, Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2. The new software gives organizations and cloud service providers the capability to deliver new services and capacity.

Software-defined storage (SDS) is one component of the emerging software-defined data center (SDDC) model. Akin to virtual machines and server virtualization, clustered Data ONTAP abstracts physical storage into a set of Storage Virtual Machines (SVM; formerly known as vServer). This allows NetApp to deliver native multi-tenant, policy-based storage services via programmable APIs and application integrations.

It can support 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.

It comes with granular quality of service (QoS) to meet application performance service levels in multi-tenant and multi-workload environments for SAN and NAS.

It features NetApp SnapVault disk-to-disk (D2D) backup, which enables compression, and deduplication savings to be stored over the network. It restores of PB-scale datasets, applications, and virtual machines (VMs) are instantly available, says a release.

It comes with single-node and switch-less configurations, storage VMs that support software-defined initiatives and can deliver storage services from pooled heterogeneous hardware resources.

It also comes with enhanced Microsoft virtual environments with built-in support for SMB3.0 and ODX for Microsoft Windows 2012 Hyper-V and also supports VMware platforms, inlcuding vSphere Storage APIs, Horizon Suite, and vCloud Suite. It has also automation and monitoring enhancements for NetApp OnCommand Management Suite

The new Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 supports storage protocols including SMB 3.0, pNFS v4.1, iSCSI, FCoE, and Fibre Channel.

"CIOs are moving from builders of applications and operators of data centres to brokers of information services to the business," said Jay Kidd, senior vice president and chief technology officer, NetApp. "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."

The company also claims that its Clustered Data ONTAP can offer value to both enterprise private cloud and public cloud service providers. The software's unified architecture services a range of workloads-from the most demanding to the most unique across virtualized environments, scale-out NAS, and enterprise applications.

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