IBM extends portfolio with NetApp for SMBs

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By  Published  December 8, 2006

IBM has expanded its storage solutions portfolio for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB s) and extended its relationship with Network Appliance (NetApp) with the release of a new midrange N-series storage system.

At the same time IBM said it had improved interoperability between N-series gateways and its System Storage SAN (storage area network) volume controller (SVC) to help enable heterogeneous file sharing and block level virtualisation.

The firm has also introduced SnapManager for Oracle, which is designed to automate manual processes associated with the backup, restore, recovery and cloning of the enterprise software giant’s databases.

“A key objective of IBM’s relationship with NetApp is to expand IBM’s storage solutions for our business clients,” Bob Mahoney, N-series business line executive at IBM System Storage, said in a statement.

“We listened to our customers who told us that easy scalability, virtualisation, resource optimisation and database interoperability are all at the top of their wish lists. This announcement addresses these concerns and will assist IBM customers in maximising the value of their IT infrastructure by empowering them with simpler and faster access to their information.”

The announcement builds on a deal between IBM and Net- App in April to work together on storage and information-on-demand solutions to better compete with rivals such as EMC.

Under the agreement IBM now sells rebranded storage systems (N-series) based on NetApp’s network-attached storage (NAS) and iSCSI/IP SAN products such as NearStore and V-Series systems.

IBM said the new System Storage N5600 appliance, of which two models are available — the single storage controller N5600 A10 or dual N5600 A20 — offered SMBs an easy migration path to the company’s enterprise class offerings as they used the same disk drives, expansion units and advanced software features as the other N-series products.

Big Blue added that with the improved interoperability between the N-series gateways and System Storage SVC, the gateways offered an internet protocol (IP) portal that enabled customers to connect to a fibre channel attached-storage subsystem.

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