Underneath the new data migration technology, an application called MultiStore creates multiple virtual controllers within a single storage system or simply a layer of abstraction between the application server and the underlying storage.
NetApp also announced three new models of its high-end FAS/V6200 Series arrays -- the FAS6280, FAS6240 and FAS6210; and three new models to its midrange FAS 3200 series -- the FAS3270, FAS3240 and FAS3210. All six offer NAND flash-based cache and range in size from 240 drives with 480TB of capacity to 1,440 drives with 2.9 petabytes of capacity.
Previously, NetApp's largest midrange array, the FAS3170, scaled up to 160TB and its high-end FAS6080 scaled to 1.68 petabytes.
All six arrays can be managed with NetApp's newly upgraded OnCommand Management Software. OnCommand has been repackaged to include several modules that were available separately from NetApp, such as management, storage analization and automation.
The new software is also integrated with management APIs from VMware's vCenter, Microsoft's Systems Center, BMC's management software, and Citrix Management Console to provide administrators with a single interface, according to Bharat Badrinath, director of NAS Solutions at NetApp.
"We're working on CA, IBM, HP, and Fujutsu on integrating their management APIs as well," Badrinath said.
The new FAS-series arrays also use Intel's multicore Nehalem processors versus the AMD Athlon, single-core processors found in previous FAS models.
NetApp also announced a preconfigured, precertified storage network for user groups of 1,000 to 2,000 people, called FlexPod. FlexPod comes with a NetApp FAS3210 midrange array, Cicso's Unified Computing System (UCS) blade server and a Nexus switch and VMware's vSphere cloud platform and vCenter management console.
The company has now also offering its first 2.5-inch serial-attached SCSI (SAS) disk drive shelf -- the DS2246 -- for its FAS arrays. The DS2246 uses the same basis architecture as the company's existing 3.5-inch disk tray, the DS4243, which houses serial ATA (SATA) or SAS drives.
NetApp said the DS4243 can now also accommodate 3.5-inch. solid state drives (SSD) for higher performance workloads, such as relational databases. The new disk trays can be used in any of the FAS-series of arrays, Badrinath said.
"That's the beauty of the NetApp architecture. It's not like when you're moving from one array to another you have to move to a whole new operating system and a new set of features," he said. "The main difference between our arrays is number of disks, the processing power and I/O."
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