Feeds

NetApp to unleash virtual array

ONTAP-V to go on sale soon

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

NetApp will join the virtual storage appliance party by releasing the ONTAP-V product it currently resells only through Fujitsu and it's Primergy BX400 S1 server.

ONTAP-V joins an VMware's Virtual Storage Appliance and HP's LeftHand products in offering an alternative to conventional arrays, which bundle hardware and software into a physical appliance. Virtual storage appliances instead use storage that could be in an array or a server and abstract it into a virtual appliance. NetApp's new effort will offer all the functionality of Data ONTAP.

Kevin McIsaac of Australian analyst firm IBRS rates virtual storage appliances as extraordinarily disruptive. Upon the 2011 launch of VMware's VSA he told your reporter, then filing for another outlet, that “Within five years it will be chasing EMC and NetApp’s midrange and within seven modular storage will be on the ropes,” and that “This is the beginning of one of the biggest shifts I have seen since Wintel displaced Unix and RISC.” McIsaac makes that statement because he considers arrays to be “just an Intel box” surrounded by exotic engineering. By making the need for that engineering less urgent, he feels virtual appliances threaten the business case for developing or acquiring physical appliances.

NetApp's Director of Cloud Computing Vaughn Stewart said the decision to make the virtual appliance available direct to customers (and through NetApp's channel), was driven by end-user demand and the realities of virtual computing.

“Customers have been asking for years,” he told The Register. “We are are in this world of abstraction now and our value is our software. Why not expose that to more use cases?”

The initial release of Ontap-v will work with what Stewart called “a broad set of blade vendors.” He could not name the exact list, but said users can expect most major players to feature.

Stewart added that he too expects some disruption could ensue from Ontap-v's wider availability. “Do I think the $5000 storage array market could get flipped over?” he posited. “Look at something like UCS express – that density is ideal and you can get all the nice things you get from an array without an array. That can work in a bank branch or a retailer.”

ONTAP-v will emerge at the same time as the release of Data OnTap 8.1. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd
There's an Atom-powered offering, too
Gartner: To the right, to the right – biz sync firms who've won in a box to the right...
Magic quadrant: Top marks for, er, completeness of vision, EMC
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
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.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.