Netapp and Microsoft Introduce New Technology to Streamline Data Centre Management and Accelerate Cloud Computing
Sydney, AUSTRALIA - 8 June 2010
- Demonstrating continued momentum just six months after
announcing its three-year strategic alliance with Microsoft, NetApp
(NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced tight integration with
Microsoft® technology to enable the growing number of joint
customers and service providers to better optimise and evolve their
infrastructure while dramatically reducing costs, streamlining
management, and increasing business agility. Customers can now use
familiar Microsoft management tools to easily monitor and manage
their virtual environments that include NetApp® storage and
build internal and public clouds. This tight integration between
NetApp and Microsoft extends the broad strategic alliance developed
to help customers transform their data centres to be more
efficient, agile, and dynamic.
"Tight integration with leading partners like
NetApp enables our joint customers to better manage their storage
and all of their physical and virtual environments in a more
cohesive manner using Microsoft's System Centre management
technology," said Garth Fort, general manager, Systems Centre
Marketing at Microsoft Corporation. "Together, we are offering
customers an optimal solution to manage their virtualized
infrastructure by tightly integrating NetApp's storage efficiency
technologies with System Centre."
Building on Microsoft's extensible management
framework, NetApp is unveiling a new management pack that enables
Microsoft customers to manage NetApp storage efficiency
technologies, plus basic self-healing capabilities with Microsoft
System Centre Virtual Machine Manager. NetApp ApplianceWatch™
PRO 2.1 includes new PRO Tips that provide granular control and
include auto remediation for common storage utilisation,
replication, and configuration issues that can affect
Hyper-V™ virtual machines (VMs). In addition, Microsoft
customers can now create automated reports, troubleshoot storage
issues, and view mapping of storage to individual VMs via Microsoft
System Centre Operations Manager.
Companies of all sizes are benefiting from
the powerful combination of NetApp and Microsoft technologies. For
example, WhiteWater West is achieving significant efficiencies
through streamlined monitoring and management, while Avanade is
successfully transforming its IT environment.
"WhiteWater West manages our virtual
environment, which includes NetApp storage, using Microsoft System
Centre Operations Manager. We spend about 10 minutes each
month-just enough time to log in, check reports, and log out-and
have set up centralised reporting using ApplianceWatch PRO to trend
our storage utilisation and deduplication savings," said Dan
Morris, senior systems engineer at WhiteWater West. "We're saving
more than 3 terabytes, or 50%, and we store more than 6 terabytes
of data on a NetApp system, which has physically less than 4
terabytes of disk storage. The space we've saved through NetApp
deduplication alone will support one year's data growth with enough
capacity left over to integrate one of our international offices
into our Microsoft Exchange system."
"Avanade runs more than 500 virtual machines
across our production, test, and development environments using
Hyper-V and NetApp storage, along with integrated management
through Microsoft System Centre,&ddquo; said Patrick Cimprich,
vice president and chief architect at Avanade. "In April, we
launched an automated self-service portal that enables users to
request and immediately receive virtual machines for up to three
weeks. So far the results are impressive, with virtual environments
provisioned within minutes instead of days. In fact, we're already
seeing significant time-to-market gains and estimate we'll save
more than 1,000 IT hours by the end of the year."
To help simplify the creation of self-service
portals and automate management for public and private clouds,
NetApp has integrated its best-of-breed technologies with
Microsoft's Dynamic Datacentre Toolkits (DDTKs). Through this tight
integration, NetApp now offers rapid provisioning and cloning of
Windows® PowerShell cmdlets for the Dynamic Datacentre
Toolkit, which provides a foundation for building private clouds.
For the Dynamic Datacentre Toolkit for hosters (DDTK-H), which
provides a foundation for building hosted clouds, NetApp can
deliver scripts that leverage the new NetApp Windows PowerShell
cmdlet library for automated failover and rapid provisioning and
cloning. The NetApp Windows PowerShell cmdlet library allows users
to easily invoke the capabilities of NetApp storage solutions via
Microsoft System Centre, or similar tools.
"As part of our strategic alliance, NetApp
and Microsoft continue to deliver on our promise to help customers
transform their data centres to achieve greater efficiencies,
increase agility, and respond faster to changing business needs,"
said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products, Alliances, and
Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "Our joint vision with Microsoft
centres on delivering a unified architecture for customers to
design and build highly efficient, virtualized, and dynamic data
centres to enable enterprises, integrators and service providers to
deliver IT as a service."
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