Feeds

NetApp could use Microsoft to beat off VMware's virtual tool

You're not the only one with a VSA, you know

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Blocks and Files Let's think about putting some storage Lego bricks together in a new combination. The bricks are labelled NetApp, DataONTAP, ONTAP EDGE, VSA, VMware and Hyper-V.

A VSA is a virtual storage appliance - with storage array controller software running as a virtual machine and turning the host server's local disks into a shared storage facility, a virtual SAN. NetApp has crafted a version of Data ONTAP, its FAS array operating system, called ONTAP Edge, and this is a VSA running under VMware which NetApp positions as a remote office facility. It's also completely in tune with the software-defined storage idea.

Edge runs ONTAP-V and has native dedupe, FlexClone, SnapVault, SnapRestore and SnapMirror software so the remote office can be backed up from a central data centre. It also has virtual volumes management system FlexVols.

ONTAP Edge

NetApp image: ONTAP Edge schematic.

There are two obvious ways we can go from here. One is to head towards the data centre and make Edge more capable - give it clustering and high availability for example, and enable it to use server flash as a cache to speed things up: so that it becomes a sort of Edge FlashCache.

Another thing to do would be to give it Hyper-V support. Oz colleague Simon Sharwood heard from Val Bercovici in NetApp's CTO office that NetApp is working to make BSD Unix a better Hyper-V guest. ONTAP is based on BSD.

Here's the leap: let's put ONTAP Edge into Hyper-V giving it - and hence Windows Server - a NetApp VSA. This could have FlexPod effects as Hyper-V is used in some FlexPod/ExpressPod configurations and an ONTAP VSA in FlexPods would enable lower cost configurations - particularly attractive in lower-cost ExpressPod land, branch office ExpressPods for example.

We understand ExpressPods that are using Hyper-V and, separately at present, ONTAP Edge, will be available later this year.

A Hyper-V version of ONTAP Edge could take advantage of NetApp's SnapManager for Hyper-V.

It would also provide a hedge against VMware's own VSA ambitions; witness its Virsto acquisition.

We anticipate ONTAP Edge for Hyper-V could come out later this year, and that high availability, clustering and server flash cache usage will follow soon after. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD
... and possibly bring us even more HAMR time. Yay!
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.