NetApp Adds New Cloud Features to OnCommand Management Tools

Posted on June 15, 2011 By Stuart Johnston

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Storage vendor NetApp announced Wednesday updates to its OnCommand management software to control, automate and analyze shared storage infrastructure, particularly in cloud environments.

Additionally, to extend the new capabilities beyond storage, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) said it is signing up more cloud management providers to its Alliance Technology Partner Program (ATPP).

The purpose is to achieve integration between OnCommand and leading cloud management products to provide pre-validated solutions for end-to-end management of the entire cloud infrastructure, according to the company.

"Enterprises, government organizations and partners are turning to NetApp to help them transition to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure -- the foundation for cloud computing -- that will help them be ready for the future and enable IT to accelerate business growth," Val Bercovici, NetApp's "cloud czar," said in a statement.

Underlying the company's cloud storage foundation is what's called the NetApp Unified Storage Architecture. From there, a comprehensive set of data and storage management functions are built using NetApp's Data ONTAP multi-tenanted environment, which can scale up or down as needed.

"NetApp's new OnCommand management software delivers four fundamental elements that compose a cloud: service catalog, service analytics, automation, and self-service. The new NetApp OnCommand unified manager enables the creation of a storage service catalog and provides policy-based automation, including provisioning, data protection, and service monitoring," NetApp's statement said.

OnCommand also provides service analytics for both storage as well as other parts of the infrastructure so that customers can optimize cloud service delivery.

In addition, NetApp announced that the number of ATPP partners it has signed up is nearing 20 whose cloud products have been integrated with its OnCommand management tools. These include BMC, CA, Fujitsu, Microsoft, newScale, Tivoli and VMware, the company said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

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