By Mike Harding, OnCommand Product Marketing
NetApp has been investing heavily over the years to deliver storage that integrates optimally with leading system platforms and business applications. The ability to make transparent the connection from many different applications to a single shared storage infrastructure speaks to what NetApp means by Agile Data Infrastructure. This agility is in part delivered by the Intelligence of the OnCommand storage management products, including a line of products responsible for these integrations.
The OnCommand Integrate products
The OnCommand family of data management software products includes a line of flexible “Integrate” products that work to connect NetApp storage with business applications, frameworks and services. The illustration shows how these Integrate products connect the NetApp FAS and V-Series storage systems into a broad variety of environments.
Award-winning Integration with Microsoft Business Apps
An excellent example of integration in action is the recent shared activity between NetApp and Microsoft. NetApp staffed a significant presence at Microsoft Tech Ed in Orlando, Florida, where over 10,000 customers and partners saw the power of NetApp’s leadership and tight integration with Microsoft technologies. There will be a similar NetApp presence at Tech Ed Europe, in Amsterdam.
The notable recent outcome of this alliance was the June 25th Microsoft announcement of NetApp as Microsoft’s Private Cloud Partner of the Year. NetApp was selected from 3,000 entrants for demonstrating excellence in how our technology enables the delivery and management of IT services and applications within secure, on-demand Microsoft private cloud solutions.
OnCommand Storage Management – The Big Picture
NetApp fosters an ecosystem of partnerships to bring additional value, and to assure flexibility and choice for our customers. The result is a solution that better fits the unique needs of the end-customer environment. The big picture of how the OnCommand portfolio enables Cloud and IT-as-a-Service deployments can be seen in this graphic.Companies providing IT Integration in this ecosystem represent well known names in the industry: virtualization management solutions from Microsoft, VMware, and Citrix, as well as enterprise management frameworks from BMC Software, CA, HP, IBM, and Fujitsu. These management, virtualization and orchestration systems are typically the primary panes of glass for managing modern Cloud services.
Key technologies that enable these integration points include the OnCommand open API, and well as platform-specific connectors co-developed with these leading IT management partners.
Application-level data protection is enabled by the SnapManager, SnapDrive and Snap Creator Framework products, which connect various Application teams transparently to the NetApp storage infrastructure.
Finally, we have a performance feedback loop enabled by the NetApp Analyze products, OnCommand Balance and Insight, which are enabling an autonomic capability for NetApp and 3rd storage to react to workload changes in real-time.
The end goal of our partnerships and integration with these management and orchestration vendors is to enable management of the entire IT infrastructure from end to end including applications, servers, networks and storage.
Integrating with an Agile Data Infrastructure
The OnCommand Integrate products are a lynchpin in making NetApp storage Intelligent, and, as explained in our Agile Data Infrastructure concept, enabling an IT environment that is intelligent, immortal, and infinite.
For more info on the NetApp Agile Data Infrastructure, check-out the new Agile program webpage.