Feeds

Chatter foreshadows major NetApp ONTAP refresh

Muttering analysts hint at mighty new software

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

Update NetApp is poised to announce a major release of its ONTAP software, if you believe the analyst buzz coming from the press, blogs and Twitter.

ONTAP 8.1 was first publicly discussed back in late 2009 and it is widely thought that the integration of Spinnaker clustering and allied functionality into ONTAP is still a lengthy work in progress. The last refresh of ONTAP was the release of ONTAP 8.01 in November last year.

NetApp recently held an analysts' briefing day and there has been a constant murmur of ONTAP 8.1 chatter since then. Here's ESG's Mark Peters: "The big news is the arrival of ONTAP 8.1–the main component of which is a clustering capability that has the potential to single-featuredly keep NetApp on its stunning recent growth trajectory. "

Here's an April 11 note from Eugene Kashpureff on a NetApp Community forum: "There's an internal target date, but no public release yet." Here's a tweet from Prasad Tipirneni: "Netapp ontap 8.1 has some cool features of 64 bit aggregate and 16TB deduplication."

Kashpureff said he didn't know if 32-bit to 64-bit aggregate conversion was a feature in ONTAP 8.1. The 16TB deduplication point refers to deduplication working on FlexVols (flexible volumes) which have a 16TB limit in ONTAP 8.01. A NetApp document (pdf) discusses the subject.

Google ONTAP + "8.1" and you will find more references to the expected arrival of ONTAP 8.1.

ONTAP 8.1 could unify the separate 7G and 8.01 strands of ONTAP, and position NetApp to provide more scale-out features to cope with larger data sets. We might expect more use to be made of flash memory devices, something around data storage efficiency, and clustering improvements.

If the analyst buzz is correct then we shouldn't have long to wait too long, possibly just three months, for what could be an awfully important software release by NetApp. ®

Update

The story has been updated to include 32-bit to 64-bit aggregate conversion, add 16TB deduplication limit background information, and to add a likely September date for the ONTAP 8.2release.

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.