Sydney, AUSTRALIA - 15 April 2010
- Today's economy is forcing organisations to tighten
their IT budgets and determine the best pathways for consolidating
their IT infrastructure. Consequently, storage is under the
microscope as organisations decide how to get more value out of
their existing storage architectures.
As a result, more customers are turning to
NetApp® (NASDAQ: NTAP) V-Series to unify their non NetApp
storage environments and achieve increased efficiencies, reduce
costs, and improve data protection. Customers have made V-Series
one of NetApp's fastest growing products, with 70% year-over-year
growth and more than 5,000 units now shipped.
NetApp V-Series is a heterogeneous storage
solution that helps customers extend the value of their existing
storage investments and take advantage of NetApp's unified storage
and data management capabilities in non NetApp environments.
largest newspaper publisher, transformed its primarily HP storage
environment with NetApp V-Series to improve efficiencies, deliver
continuous data availability for business-critical applications,
and increase scalability and flexibility.
"As Corelio has grown over the years, we have
had to identify new ways to streamline and improve our IT
infrastructure," said Jan Lafosse, Information Communications
Technology manager for Corelio. "In looking specifically at our
storage environment, we needed to make our data and applications
available 24x7 while unifying our storage landscape to make it
simpler and more efficient to manage. And we wanted to do all of
this and still leverage our current storage investments."
Corelio, with the help of NetApp value-added
reseller Uptime Technologies, deployed NetApp V-Series at both its
primary data centre and secondary metropolitan data centre. Corelio
installed V-Series in front of approximately 46TB of usable HP
storage capacity in its primary data centre to leverage NetApp's
integrated data protection, deduplication, and cloning technologies
for improved disk utilisation and easier provisioning.
Additionally, V-Series enabled Corelio to leverage NetApp's
multiprotocol support to improve flexibility and simplify
management of its SAN and NAS environment.
Corelio also implemented NetApp MetroCluster
software, which integrates synchronous mirroring with array-based
clustering, on its V-Series solutions at both locations to meet its
performance and continuous data avail¬ability requirements. In
the event of a primary-site disaster, Corelio achieves immediate
failover to its secondary data centre, protecting its valuable data
while enabling the company to continue to serve the Belgian people
who depend on it for their daily news and information.
"V-Series has really helped us take our
storage infrastructure to the next level," said Lafosse. "It has
allowed us to maximise the efficiency and flexibility of our
existing storage architecture and enabled us to provision capacity
to where it's needed, whether that is to file shares, databases, or
to our VMware® environment. In fact, we can now provision our
storage five times faster than before, and consolidating it allows
us to manage more storage with fewer people.
"Furthermore, with MetroCluster we have
experienced no storage-related downtime and no nonrecoverable data
loss in the four years since we deployed the solution," continued
Lafosse. "While we don't know exactly how our IT environment will
grow in the future, V-Series has afforded us an infrastructure that
can scale and evolve to meet our future business and IT needs."
"With IT departments looking for new ways to
reduce costs and simplify operations, V-Series is an ideal solution
to help them maximise their existing storage investments while
offering best-of-breed data protection," said Patrick Rogers, vice
president of Solutions and Alliances for NetApp. "V-Series provides
customers a unique opportunity to unify and extend their non NetApp
storage infrastructure with the multiple benefits of NetApp's
advanced storage and data management technologies. The product's
impressive growth numbers are proof that more and more customers
recognise the value that V-Series delivers."
NetApp V-Series is currently the industry's
only family of open storage controllers that provides customers
with the ability to simultaneously manage SAN and NAS storage
through one device, improving flexibility and simplifying
administration. V-Series offers customers who demand more
performance and value out of their existing storage infrastructure
with an economical alternative to starting from scratch. With its
unique ability to manage third-party storage arrays, V-Series
provides customers with the full power of Data ONTAP®,
including such technologies as deduplication and thin provisioning,
to increase storage efficiencies and help improve data protection
and management capabilities.
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