NetApp Metrocluster Provides Customers with Continuous Data Availability for Enhanced Data Centre Operations
LONDON, UK March 3, 2009 -
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced new functionalities for
NetApp® MetroCluster that offer customers continuous data
availability in virtualized environments, the ability to perform
nondisruptive software and hardware upgrades, and integration with
NetApp® deduplication technology for enhanced storage
As enterprise customers move to virtualized IT environments, they
require enhanced protection and continuous access to the data used
by their virtualized servers. NetApp MetroCluster now addresses
protection and access issues by providing customers with continuous
data availability in their virtual environments for improved
business operations. In addition, MetroCluster enables customers to
perform nondisruptive hardware and software upgrades through
transparent failover and giveback. MetroCluster transitions
customer data services from primary to secondary storage, allowing
uninterrupted data access during the upgrade process. MetroCluster
also includes NetApp's unique deduplication technology, offering
customers improved storage efficiencies.
"More and more customers are deploying VMware's virtualization
platform to reduce capital and operating costs and to improve the
manageability of application and storage environments that require
high availability," said Parag Patel, vice president of Alliances
at VMware. "NetApp MetroCluster is a great complement to the VMware
platform. MetroCluster provides fast and reliable failover
capabilities that help enable VMware customers to achieve
continuous data availability across their storage
Additionally, NetApp MetroCluster integrates with Brocade SAN
switches to extend continuous data availability up to 100km,
enabling customers to access their data if a failover occurs within
a building, across a campus, or over a metropolitan area.
"By closely collaborating with NetApp, we are enabling customers to
extend high-availability capabilities throughout their campus and
data centre environments," said Marty Lans, senior director of
Product and Offer Marketing at Brocade. "NetApp MetroCluster
integrates with the Brocade 300 and 5100 Fibre Channel switches and
adds considerable value to the storage network through its ability
to automate failover quickly and seamlessly."
"In today's economic environment, IT managers prefer high
availability solutions that are cost-effective and simple to
manage," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing
at NetApp. "With these latest enhancements, NetApp MetroCluster
provides continuous data availability at half the cost and half the
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