NetApp Pulls Ahead Of The Pack In Ethernet Storage With Expanded Options for FCoE and DCB Customers
LONDON, March 16, 2010 -
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it has expanded its
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Data Centre Bridging (DCB)
product offerings with help from solution partners Brocade, Emulex,
and VMware. NetApp customers now have even more options to build
complete end-to-end FCoE infrastructures and unify their Ethernet
and Fibre Channel architectures.
NetApp, a pioneer and leader in Ethernet
storage, continues to advance the technology by expanding its
product portfolio with support from its solution partners. As part
of this expansion, NetApp will begin reselling a new Converged
Network Adapter (CNA) from Emulex, and is among the first storage
vendors to support VMware® vSphere™ 4 in an FCoE host
environment. NetApp has also augmented its FCoE portfolio from
Brocade. In addition to offering Brocade's CNAs, FCoE blade for the
DCX, and the top-of-rack 8000 FCoE switch, NetApp is now
introducing a DCB-only version of the Brocade 8000.
"In our recent testing, the NetApp storage
system did a wonderful job handling FCoE, iSCSI, and other storage
protocols simultaneously in a single solution and is a very
compelling proposition for customers looking to consolidate their
data centres or move to FCoE," said Dennis Martin, president of
Demartek, a provider of lab validation reports and vendor-neutral
product comparison research reports for software and computer
infrastructure products. "Being first to market and having a robust
partner ecosystem that provides their customers with a host of
options to build end-to-end solutions makes NetApp a true leader in
the 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE space."
"Emulex is proud to partner with a leader in
the Ethernet space to help bring the best possible Ethernet-driven
network convergence solutions to our joint customers," said Steve
Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of
business development at Emulex. "Emulex brings a powerful network
convergence connectivity architecture to NetApp's end-to-end FCoE
infrastructure with its OneConnect Universal Converged Network
Adapters (UCNAs), and together we help our customers maximise cost
and hardware efficiencies in their data centres without
With NetApp and its solutions partners,
customers can build end-to-end FCoE infrastructures while still
supporting existing Fibre Channel investments and take a phased
approach to consolidating their data centres around Ethernet. By
using Emulex OneConnect UCNAs, customers can run both FCoE and IP
traffic through the same port and on the same wire, eliminating the
need for and expense of separate SAN and LAN adapters and cables.
Emulex OneConnect UCNAs provide maximum performance, regardless of
the mix of network traffic, and outperformed other vendors' CNAs in
recent testing by IT Brand Pulse. Now customers can build out their
Ethernet infrastructure over time while maintaining maximum
performance and protecting previous infrastructure investments.
"NetApp's philosophy and strength has always
been to offer a unified, multiprotocol storage portfolio that gives
customers the benefit of both efficiency and performance," said
Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions and Alliances at
NetApp. "By working closely with our solutions partners like
Brocade, Emulex, and VMware to push the envelope of what's possible
with Ethernet storage, we're able to offer customers more options
than ever before to help them simplify and unify their
infrastructure and achieve business breakthroughs."
The foundation technology of FCoE is 10
Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE). As a pioneer and leader in 10GbE Storage,
NetApp has shipped nearly 14,000 10GbE ports since first offering
them in 2006 and, as the technology bloomed, has seen an 85%
increase over the last seven months. As customers look to
consolidate data centre resources, they can increase value and
efficiency by sharing the bandwidth of a high-performance 10GbE
network infrastructure. The increased bandwidth and added
enhancements to support FCoE make 10GbE the ideal interconnect for
modern data centres.
For more information about NetApp Ethernet
storage solutions, visit www.netapp.com/us/company/leadership/ethernet-storage/.
To read the recent Demartek evaluation of
NetApp unified Ethernet storage, visit: www.netapp.com/us/library/research-papers/rp-unified-networking-evaluation.html.
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