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This article is part of the Vol. 5 No. 6 August 2006 issue of Five companies on their storage virtualization projects
IT'S OFFICIAL. In June, Network Appliance (NetApp) began shipping its high-performance, highly scalable Ontap GX OS--the marriage of its Write Anywhere File Layout (WAFL), FlexVol, RAID Double Parity (RAID-DP) and SpinOS, the clustered file system the company acquired in 2003 from Spinnaker Networks. For now, Ontap GX is targeted at high-performance computing (HPC)--the segment where NetApp first earned its file-serving chops--but industry observers wonder whether GX can satisfy these customers. Ontap GX can support two to 24 nodes and, when coupled with FAS6070 disk arrays, can scale to 6 petabytes (PB) of capacity behind a single file system. "As the scope of compute problems gets larger, simplification gets more important," says Rich Clifton, NetApp VP and general manager for the network storage business units. Ontap GX, he says, "lets you aggregate storage devices and present them to a large compute farm as a single piece of storage." The system is also designed to deliver high performance. A recently published SPEC-SFS benchmark clocked Ontap GX at more... Access >>>
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