NetApp is rolling out some upgrades for its clustered Data ONTAP storage operating system to better address the needs of customers deploying software-defined datacenters.
The network storage giant is highlighting software-defined storage as a key concern this round as it becomes a more common method for delivering IT services to application owners.
NetApp CTO Jay Kidd explained further in prepared remarks that this is putting more pressure on chief information officers in particular.
CIOs are moving from builders of applications and operators of data centers to brokers of information services to the business. This new role requires technologies that can speed IT response time and drive operational and resource efficiency.
Thus, maximizing uptime rates is the big theme for this upgrade.
Version 8.2 of ONTAP 8.2 is touted by its maker to offer 99.999 percent reliability for continuous data access during scheduled downtimes and dynamic load balancing without disrupting data migrations.
The multi-tenant architecture can now scale to manage up to 69 petabytes (or 70,656 terabytes) of storage, 24 controller nodes, 49,000 LUNs, and 12,000 NAS volumes supporting over 100,000 clients.
Beyond the numbers, NetApp is adding support for more storage protocols (including SMB 3.0, pNFS v4.1, iSCSI, FCoE, and Fibre Channel) as well as virtual environments hosted by industry partners such as Microsoft and VMware.