FC SAN Capabilities
On the FC SAN front, NetApp has enhanced multipath support and enhanced 4Gb SAN infrastructure support. NetApp has also certified and extended its SAN portfolio with more switches, including the Brocade SilkWorm 4900, the Brocade SilkWorm 48000 and new blades, the Cisco MDS 9513, and the QLogic 5600 and 5602.
Repeated TCO studies performed by third parties demonstrate that NetApp continues to offers a low SAN TCO, and customer data has proved superior business application uptime using NetApp SAN solutions versus competitive offerings.
NetApp continues to increase business value for its data centre customers with higher productivity and flexibility, due largely to the powerful software features and components in the NetApp Manageability Software family. As part of the NetApp’s business applications campaign kickoff, NetApp has released new versions of SnapManager for Oracle and SnapManager for Exchange, which provide data protection and cloning for application environments.
NetApp also released updated products for file management with a new version of its Virtual File Manager Enterprise Edition and unveiled a completely new Virtual File Manager Migration Edition to support file migration and file share consolidation.
NetApp also kicked off its business applications’ campaign, helping customers understand just how much value they can get out of their Oracle, SQL, Microsoft Exchange, and SAP applications through higher levels of integration with NetApp solutions.
Integrating storage management capabilities into business applications at the application level is increasingly important for maximum performance and uptime. Others talk of the data centre of tomorrow, this kind of tight application integration is making tomorrow happen today.
Also in the NetApp Manageability Software Family, NetApp introduced Protection Manager, an automated backup and replication management tool for NetApp disk-to-disk environments. Protection Manager uses policy-based management to maximise data protection in data centres, remote offices, and disaster recover sites; to eliminate time-consuming manual mapping; and to help reduce the costs associated with manually managing secondary and tertiary storage resources.
Finally on the software front, NetApp unveiled NetApp CommandCentral Storage by Symantec, which integrates storage resource management (SRM), performance, and policy management and provisioning for high-end heterogeneous SAN environments. This reduces the number of tools that IT and storage administrators must rely on, helps those administrators gain complete visibility for tactical and strategic storage decisions, enables rapid provisioning of storage and SAN in mixed environments, and increases data availability with automated monitoring and alerts.
Professional services that were released, delivered by NetApp Global Services and their NetApp Global Services Partner Network, help customers accelerate design, deployment, migrations, and optimisation of their Exchange, SQL, and Oracle solutions. Expanding the existing professional services portfolio, these solutions help customers deploy the right storage solution to make the most of their business applications and to help them leverage years of NetApp blueprinting and expertise in those environments.
With the new Exchange, Oracle, and SQL implementation services, customers can rapidly and cost effectively upgrade and migrate to new platforms, consolidate their data, and optimise their business continuity capabilities. NetApp Global Services partners are NetApp certified and are trained to design and implement solutions based on best practices.
The new design and implementation services include:
- Exchange Implementation Services to help customers accelerate upgrades and migrations
- SQL Implementation Services to help customers optimise their SQL on NetApp solutions to maximise availability, performance, and scalability
- Oracle Implementation Services to help customers speed time to deployment for Oracle on NetApp solutions
Additionally, NetApp debuted the next generation of AutoSupport, the next step in their move toward automated and remote support services. AutoSupport provides proactive alerting to improve supportability and enhanced problem diagnostics, and makes system health and optimisation recommendations based on weekly logs.
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