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NetApp integrates Microsoft management technology

NetApp integrates Microsoft technology to provide easier management of data centres and cloud computing

NetApp integrates Microsoft management technology
The new solutions will help customers to design and build dynamic, virtualised data centres, says Rogers.

NetApp has announced tight integration of its storage solutions with Microsoft technology, to give customers easier management of data centres and cloud computing.

The technology integration builds on the companies' three year strategic alliance, announced in December last year, and will allow Microsoft customers to use Microsoft System Center for administration of NetApp solutions.

Garth Fort, general manager, Systems Center Marketing at Microsoft said: "Tight integration with leading partners like NetApp enables our joint customers to better manage their storage and all of their physical and virtual environments in a more cohesive manner using Microsoft's System Center management technology.

"Together, we are offering customers an optimal solution to manage their virtualized infrastructure by tightly integrating NetApp's storage efficiency technologies with System Center," he added.

The technology integration includes a new management pack from NetApp, based on Microsoft's extensible management framework, that enables Microsoft customers to manage NetApp storage efficiency technologies, plus basic self-healing capabilities with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager. NetApp ApplianceWatch PRO 2.1 includes new PRO Tips that provide granular control and include auto remediation for common storage utilization, replication, and configuration issues that can affect Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). In addition, Microsoft customers can now create automated reports, troubleshoot storage issues, and view mapping of storage to individual VMs via Microsoft System Center Operations Manager.

NetApp has integrated its best-of-breed technologies with Microsoft's Dynamic Datacenter Toolkits (DDTKs). Through this tight integration, NetApp now offers rapid provisioning and cloning of Windows PowerShell cmdlets for the Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit, which provides a foundation for building private clouds. For the Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit for hosters (DDTK-H), which provides a foundation for building hosted clouds, NetApp can deliver scripts that leverage the new NetApp Windows PowerShell cmdlet library for automated failover and rapid provisioning and cloning. The NetApp Windows PowerShell cmdlet library allows users to easily invoke the capabilities of NetApp storage solutions via Microsoft System Center, or similar tools.

 "As part of our strategic alliance, NetApp and Microsoft continue to deliver on our promise to help customers transform their data centres to achieve greater efficiencies, increase agility, and respond faster to changing business needs," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products, Alliances, and Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "Our joint vision with Microsoft centres on delivering a unified architecture for customers to design and build highly efficient, virtualized, and dynamic data centres to enable enterprises, integrators and service providers to deliver IT as a service."

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