NetApp® storage complements the consolidation, flexibility, and cost-saving benefits of blade servers.
Changing business conditions, complex and
resource-intensive application workloads, and zero tolerance for
downtime translate into an ever-growing demand for more compute
resources, often within the same physical data center space.
Scale-out using rack-mount server hardware can increase the risk of
sprawling single-instance application servers that create more heat
and demand more time to manage, provision, and service.
To improve service efficiencies, lower costs,
and improve administrative agility, enterprises are rapidly
deploying modular and flexible blade server platforms.
Storage solutions from Network Appliance
provide a flexible data management and protection infrastructure
that supports the rapid provisioning, data availability, and
performance requirements of high-density blade server environments.
Space-efficient thin provisioning capabilities from NetApp, such as
FlexVol® volumes and Snapshot™ copies, provide
blade server users the ability to test, develop, and clone blade
data and applications quickly and cost effectively.
- Fast and flexible provisioning. NetApp FlexClone™
provides writable point-in-time images of blade data that take
seconds to create and restore, without impacting server resources
and I/O performance or demanding substantial additional
- Performance and availability. NetApp Snapshot technology allows
cost-effective and frequent point-in-time blade data backups.
Unlike other snapshot offerings that degrade overall I/O
performance up to 60% with every copy, resource-efficient NetApp
Snapshot copies provide sustained data availability to blades with
no performance impact.
- Increased utilization. NetApp FlexVol volumes aggregate free
space and physical disk I/O across all disk drive spindles,
enabling fast creation of multiple, high-performance data volumes.
FlexVol volumes can be managed and moved independently from the
underlying physical storage, are nondisruptive, and can be sized
and resized quickly and dynamically.