NetApp’s SnapManager 7.0 for Microsoft SharePoint was announced last week and is now available on the NOW site for download! In this post there are more details about the new user interface and the different modules. With SMSP7 we are providing a unified platform leveraging the best of breed storage technology from NetApp and best of breed SharePoint management and governance tools from AvePoint. The new user interface is based on Microsoft Silverlight which is a big move from the previous SnapManager 6.1 for SharePoint user interface presentation technology. We believe the move to Silverlight provides a ‘snappier’ (that’s a tech-term) experience for interacting with SharePoint and the storage platform.
Once logged into SMSP7 the place where you will start is the Data Protection module, as seen in the below screenshot. As you will notice in the screenshot there is an AvePoint and NetApp module presented. This is a testament to the unified platform strategy we have with AvePoint, a single interface that provides both NetApp and AvePoint technologies within SMSP7. With the NetApp Platform Backup & Granular Restore we provide the ability to backup all core SharePoint farm components including Nintex Workflows and FAST Search using NetApp Snapshot technology. In addition to backing up the core farm components we also backup the SharePoint Web-Front End Servers global assembly cache, the ‘hive’, Web parts and site definitions. If you plan on using Externalized or Remote BLOB Storage (EBS/RBS) we also include backing up the BLOB stores.
The next important area to show is what we provide as part of the Storage Optimization module, but before we get into those details I think it is important to provide some history. In SnapManager 6.1 for SharePoint (SMSP 6.1) we provided the same core functionality that we are delivering with SMSP7 but have gone a step further. With SMSP 6.1 we had:
In SMSP7 Storage Optimization we now have:
Real-time and Scheduled Storage Manager both provide the ability to store content on lower-cost SMB/CIFS. In the below screenshot you can see the 4 different optional modules that you can install during the setup of SMSP7.
Microsoft Office 2007 introduced the ‘Ribbon’ interface which has continued to evolve over time with new versions of Office, Windows and even SharePoint. With SMSP7 we are introducing this very same user experience. In the screenshot below you can see how Storage Policies, Logical and Physical Devices are managed by using the new ribbon buttons.
There will be lots more information released in the comings weeks on our Microsoft Solutions page, a How-To blog series, demonstration videos and more. If you are planning on attending the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2012 (November 12-15 in Las Vegas, NV) stop by the Booth #617 and learn about NetApp’s agile data infrastructure for SharePoint and see demos of SMSP7.
We will also be presenting in Microsoft Partner Theatre the following sessions:
How NetApp and SnapManager 7.0 for SharePoint can help manage ever growing SharePoint environments.
Tuesday November 13, 12:35–12:50
Using Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) and Archive to efficiently utilize your storage investments.
Tuesday November 13, 4:55–5:10