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NetApp gives shape to cloud offering

NetApp has ruled out starting its own hosted services operation.

The data storage company has instead produced a raft of products to help its customers provide secure, flexible, virtualised cloud-based services to multiple clients.

NetApp has unveiled Data Ontap 8, the first upgrade to its data storage operating system for nearly five years, said John Rollason, the firm's EMEA solutions marketing manager.

Rollason said the software is aimed at larger enterprises and hosted service providers. It was developed largely in response to and together with T-Systems, the hosted services arm of mobile network operator T-Mobile.

According to Rollason, the product has been designed as a "one size fits all, but with tweaking to optimise it". It allows users to manage "multi-tenant" operations, including virtualised servers, storage networks and communications links to provide high availability at all times.

A data motion tool allows customer to move data around the farm without disrupting users' access. A solid state performance acceleration tool provides fast caching in front of disc storage for quick access to frequently-used data.

Rollason said NetApp has also provided tools to automate many of the storage management tasks.


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