KUALA LUMPUR: More companies are moving from a silo-ed infrastructure to a shared information technology infrastructure, according to NetApp Inc.
With this in mind, NetApp has unveiled a range of hardware and software solutions to help businesses build their centralised infrastructure.
The new hardware introduced includes the FAS/V6200 high-end storage system, FAS/V3200 midrange system, and SAS Disk Shelf, anentry-level storage system.
NetApp’s V6200 can store a maximum of three petabytes of information — the space would be able to hold 300 million MP3 songs or three million high-definition movies — while the V3200 takes up to two petabytes, and the Disk Shelf up to 480 terrabytes.
On the software side, the company has new features in its Data ONTAP 8 (Data Open Network Technology for Appliance Products 8) operating system and its OnCommand management suite.
Data ONTAP 8 has a feature called Unified Connect. This is an adaptor that supports all kinds of communication protocols, from Fibre Channel over Ethernet to iSCSI (Internet small computer system interface).
Another feature in the operating system is DataMotion for Volumes, which allows companies to move large amounts of data without disrupting their business operations.
OnCommand, meanwhile, boost the storage and service efficiency of a company by analysing the business’ shared storage infrastructure and suggesting improvements. It can also be used to automate certain tasks to ease infrastructure management.
“The new solutions can help companies make the transition to a flexible and efficient shared infrastructure,” said Scott Morris, managing director for Asean at NetApp Singapore Pte Ltd.
NetApp also announced other products, such as solid-state drives and its FlexPod Modular Datacentre solution, which makes it easy for companies to design datacentres that can be simply upgraded as the need arises.
The datacentre solution is an ongoing collaboration involving NetApp, networking solutions giant Cisco Inc and VMware Inc, a virtualisation and cloud infrastructure solutions provider.
NetApp said the products are targeted at oil and gas companies, financial services institutions and manufacturing businesses. Pricing depends on the product configurations.
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