SYDNEY, Australia - 20 October,
2010 - Today's demanding business pace, explosive data
growth, and a shift in the market from aging, siloed architectures
to shared IT infrastructures are causing customers to rethink their
approach to IT. NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) anticipated these market
shifts and architected Data ONTAP® 8 to address customers'
needs to scale up and scale out as they move to flexible, efficient
shared IT infrastructures that drive business impact.
Customers now think differently and use new
criteria to evaluate alternatives and remain competitive. More
customers are migrating to Data ONTAP 8 to build flexible,
scalable, and efficient shared storage environments that address
today's business challenges and the future requirements of their
business. With thousands of systems deployed, Data ONTAP 8 can
deliver flexible, integrated dual modes of operation and a unified,
scalable platform that supports multiple workloads and drives IT
Eight key purchasing criteria are setting the foundation for
enabling a shared IT infrastructure that allows customers to
efficiently deliver IT on demand and keep pace with changing
These criteria include scale-up and
scale-out, a unified architecture, integrated data protection,
intelligent caching, nonstop operations, secure multi-tenancy,
storage efficiency, and service automation and analytics.
NetApp® best-of-breed technologies are built on Data ONTAP,
which currently, is the optimal platform of choice for building
shared IT infrastructures.
Data ONTAP 8 is currently the industry's only
platform that delivers enterprise-class functionality with
clustering technology in dual modes of operation, providing
customers with the flexibility to meet their individual business
requirements and enable a seamless transition to shared IT
Customers migrating to Data ONTAP 8 are
deploying shared storage infrastructures that address their data
growth challenges and enable increased flexibility, performance,
and efficiency while helping lower operational costs.
University Hospitals Leuven, one of the
largest healthcare providers in Europe, leveraged NetApp's
flexible, unified architecture to streamline their IT operations,
address the demands of their dramatic business growth, and simplify
access to growing volumes of business and patient data across
Unified Architecture: NetApp introduced the
industry's first unified storage architecture and continues to
deliver a single, unified architecture powered by Data ONTAP 8.
While competitors have attempted unified approaches, NetApp has
been innovating to provide a unified storage platform that is
currently unmatched in the industry and ideal for customers making
the transition to a shared IT infrastructure. As more customers
move to shared IT environments, the technology leadership and
direction NetApp established nearly a decade ago is proving optimal
for customers in meeting current and future requirements for
architecting scalable, efficient, and flexible infrastructures.
Dual Operation Modes: Data
ONTAP 8 is architected to allow customers to choose the system mode
that supports their changing needs and make the transition to
shared IT infrastructures. Data ONTAP 8, 7-Mode combines the new
64-bit scalable architecture with the functionality, features, and
unified architecture that NetApp customers have come to rely on.
Data ONTAP 8 Cluster-Mode offers traditional clustered deployments
a path forward and provides unique capabilities necessary to
simplify data management, support nonstop operations, and make the
transition to shared IT infrastructures.
Scalability: Based on a
64-bit architecture, Data ONTAP 8 offers increased performance,
integrated dual modes, and advanced processing capabilities for
multicore, next-generation hardware environments to help customers
deliver predictable performance levels and adapt to the evolving
needs of the business. Using multimode clusters of up to 24 nodes,
customers can scale out as well as scale up seamlessly from low-end
to high-end systems.
Efficiency: With Data ONTAP
8, customers can optimise the utilisation of infrastructure assets
and improve storage efficiency with NetApp's unique portfolio of
storage efficiency technologies such as thin provisioning and
Flexibility: Data ONTAP 8
supports all workloads whether file or block, enabling customers to
manage their explosive data growth and move to shared IT
infrastructures. Support for multiple protocols on the same
platform allows customers greater flexibility to mix and match
protocols as necessary to suit changing environments. In addition,
the ability to provide traditional 2-node HA pair deployment or
multinodes of up to 24-node clusters offers customers multiple
solution options, regardless of their needs within the shared IT
Ed Chow, Vice President of Product Management, Storage
Systems Product Group at NetApp
"Customers are facing unprecedented challenges and thinking
differently about how the IT infrastructure investments they make
can accelerate their business today and tomorrow. NetApp
architected Data ONTAP 8 to address this shift in the market and
help our customers evolve to flexible and efficient environments
that address changing business requirements. Our success in
achieving strong adoption is a testament to the powerful innovation
Data ONTAP 8 provides as a platform of choice for shared IT
Reinoud Reynders, IT Infrastructure
Director at University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium
"NetApp has been instrumental in helping University Hospitals
Leuven achieve operational efficiencies and manage substantial data
growth rates of 50% year over year. Data ONTAP 8 came at the right
time for us and allows us to move volumes of data nondisruptively
to support data-intensive healthcare applications. NetApp's unified
architecture provides the performance we need to support multiple
transactional workloads, scalability to support large data formats,
and flexibility to adapt rapidly to our changing business
NetApp Virtual Event: "Make the Leap
to a Shared Infrastructure"
NetApp will host a virtual event on November 9 at 10:00 a.m. PT on
how NetApp's technologies, products, and solutions can make IT
ready for the future. Hear NetApp executives Tom Georgens, Manish
Goel, and Brendon Howe; ESG analyst Mark Peters; and NetApp
customers discuss how a shared IT infrastructure built on NetApp
can enable IT to deliver unparalleled efficiency and flexibility to
an organisation. To register, visit www.netapp.com/us/forms/future-ready-reg.html.
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