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Netapp’s storage systems supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

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NetApp  have announced new storage solutions optimised for Microsoft(r) Windows(r) Server 2008 Hyper-V(tm), virtualisation software that is a feature of most versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2008. The new NetApp(r) storage solutions provide data centre customers with server virtualisation capabilities for operational efficiency and scalability.

NetApp provide Windows Server 2008 customers with the technology needed to build a complete virtual architecture. As a result, customers experience enhanced infrastructure flexibility along with lowered costs through consolidation and simplified management. NetApp's built-in storage deduplication and thin provisioning technologies allow Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V customers to reduce storage power, cooling and space requirements. Customers can reallocate physical storage quickly and provision storage as fast as the virtual servers with NetApp’s virtual cloning and virtual volume capabilities.

NetApp's data protection functionality provides customers with instantaneous backups and cost-effective disaster recovery of virtual machines for end-to-end backup and recovery.

Andy Schneider, infrastructure architect, Avanade, said that NetApp's built-in deduplication technology has helped to lower disk space requirements by 51%.

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V customers benefit from NetApp's work with Microsoft to improve customer experience by enhancing integration with Microsoft's suite of management tools, to include System Centre Virtual Machine Manager, Microsoft's solution for managing virtual infrastructures. Customers can leverage quality practices developed by NetApp to optimise customer deployments.

NetApp's SnapManager(r) 5.0 for Microsoft Exchange recently received the Certified for Windows Server 2008 validation with the Hyper-V designation. SnapManager 5.0 simplifies the backup, recovery and verification of a Microsoft Exchange Server running as a virtual machine on Hyper-V.

To earn the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V designation, testing was performed on a Windows Server 2008 virtual machine running on Hyper-V. The application was validated to support four key Hyper-V tests - Recover and Save State and Restore of Virtual Machine, Recover After Pause and Resume of the Virtual Machine, Do Not Prevent Shutdown from Host and Survive the Snapshot Process.

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