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Vol. 5 No. 6 August 2006

NetApp spins out Ontap GX

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 ...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtualization: Tales from the trenches

    We profile five companies that have deployed, or are currently testing, storage virtualization and analyze their implementation experiences. The storage pros behind these efforts tell us how the products they chose are working in their production environments.

  • New CAS players avoid hash lock-in

  • A step-by-step approach to data classification

    The most common shortcoming of a data classification project is the perception that it can be completed through technical analysis at the storage layer without engaging business users. While discovering and analyzing storage is part of the process, good classification requires engaging business users or their IT representatives.

  • Automate data recovery

    Policy-based storage management can automate the data recovery process. But you need to know what types of policies various products support, where the policy manager resides and what it's capable of doing.

  • NetApp spins out Ontap GX

  • Data migration: Proceed with caution

    This first of a three-part series on data migration products focuses on host-level data migration products. Data migration apps can automate, centralize and simplify data migrations while ensuring data integrity.

Columns in this issue

  • Getting started with database archiving

    E-mail archiving gets a lot of the attention these days, but databases shouldn't be overlooked. Database administrators end up managing old and unchanging data within their production databases, so backups are constantly protecting data that hasn't changed.

  • Standards efforts undermined

    Standards efforts undermined

  • More than 50% of the time electronic discovery requests aren't satisfied.

    Storage Bin: In the last year, 91% of large corporations have been through an electronic discovery request. Thirty-three percent of these companies go through one or more requests per month, while 66% of midmarket companies have the same issue. And more than 50% of the time, the requests aren't satisfied.

  • How to count the cost of storage

    by  Stephen Foskett

    The cost of each gigabyte of storage is declining rapidly in every segment of the market. Enterprise storage today costs what desktop storage did less than a decade ago. So why are overall costs increasing?