NetApp Clustered Data Ontap 8.2 OS Highlights Software-Defined Storage, Service Quality


NetApp on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its Clustered Data Ontap storage operating system focused on non-disruptive operations to make it easier to work in cloud and multitenant environments.

Clustered Data Ontap 8.2 expands on the traditional non-disruptive operations, efficiency and seamless scalability previous versions have offered with new capabilities, said Brendon Howe, NetApp's vice president of products and solutions.

Those capabilities include storage virtual machines for software-defined storage, software quality of service, improved scalability and volume-based snapshots for backups, Howe said.

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The continuing consolidation of IT infrastructures brings with it a desire to apply IT services as quickly as possible, Howe said.

"We're trying to bring that to storage, which has not traditionally done as well as server architecture," he said. "When dealing with the complexity of storage, it's a tough problem."

Mark Teter, CTO at Advanced Systems Group, a Denver-based solution provider and NetApp partner, said NetApp has enhanced its Clustered Data Ontap operating system while making it easy for customers and users to get up to speed on the new version.

"My engineers love NetApp," Teter said. "Every time something new comes out, they know the product. They just need to learn a few new features."

It is a capability unique to NetApp, Teter said.

"Clustered Data Ontap 8.2 is allowing NetApp to provide a solution for our customers that can continually be upgraded and renewed without disrupting the users for all protocols including NFS, CIFS and Fibre Channel," he said. "No other vendor can do that."

The introduction of Clustered Data Ontap 8.2 follows last year's introduction of Data Ontap 8.1.1, which focused on the introduction of flash storage and virtualized storage infrastructures.

New with Clustered Data Ontap 8.2 are storage virtual machines, or SVMs, targeting the burgeoning software-defined storage architecture.

SVMs are similar to the company's existing Virtual Filer, or vFiler, technology, Howe said. However, unlike the older vFilers, SVMs are completely divorced from the underlying hardware and can be migrated to different hardware with full quality of service capabilities, he said.

SVMs are central to NetApp's software-defined storage strategy, which allows customers to provision storage resources neatly and quickly while making them adaptive to necessary changes, Howe said.

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