NetApp Enhances Storage Management Efficiencies for VMware Environments

In support of the new VMware vSphere 4.1 release, NetApp today announced new storage management integration for greater performance and scalability of VMware vSphere environments. NetApp Virtual Storage Console enables customers to centrally manage all NetApp storage for VMware environments directly from the VMware vCenter Server console and fully leverage the benefits of virtualized infrastructures.

Virtualized infrastructures are expanding the role of administrators and causing them to spend more time on storage monitoring and management. Although VMware vCenter Server provides a powerful tool for managing and monitoring VMware vSphere environments, administrators also need a way to easily and efficiently manage associated storage.

NetApp Virtual Storage Console combines several best-of-breed storage technologies to deliver end-to-end management in both SAN- and NAS-based VMware infrastructures. Tightly integrated with VMware vCenter Server, the single storage console enables VMware administrators to centrally monitor, provision, clone, back up, recover, and replicate storage operations for virtual server and desktop environments without requiring storage administrator assistance.

Virtual Storage Console also helps optimize utilization and improve responsiveness with real-time discovery, health monitoring, and capacity management. This combination of unique capabilities provides VMware administrators with the necessary tools to improve server and storage visibility and efficiencies while still enabling storage administrators to own and control storage policies.

NetApp Virtual Storage Console employs both NetApp and VMware APIs to deliver a robust, fully supported solution for multiple virtual desktop environments, and enables fast updates to thousands of desktops or virtual machines.

In addition, Virtual Storage Console supports NetApp MultiStore, allowing customers, service providers, and cloud providers to secure multi-tenant cloud environments from within VMware vCenter Server, maintaining desired service levels and security for each tenant.

Additionally, NetApp is supporting the new VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) capabilities that offload data management tasks from the host server to the storage system. This can free up host CPU cycles for better performance and increased virtual machine density.

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