Cisco and NetApp Build Solutions to Support Instant Data Access

By Tim Russell, Vice President Product Management, Data Center Solutions Group, NetApp


The IT world is experiencing a tremendous amount of change. No surprise. Digital networks span the globe representing the backbone of global communication and forming the link (wired or wireless) between all IT assets. The deployment of public and private clouds creates new demands on IT infrastructures at all levels. The growth rate and value of digital data has increased dramatically, and represents the lifeblood of all organizations. Storing, protecting, and accessing data is vital to stay competitive. Storage networks must therefore ensure 24/7 data availability, deliver high-speed access, along with increased agility in order to respond to new business opportunities -- all within tightened IT budgets.

In order to deliver the best outcomes for customers, NetApp partners with industry leaders, such as Cisco, to bring to market the latest technologies. Today, Cisco announced the latest in its line of MDS Fibre Channel switches, the 9706 Director and 9148S Fabric Switch, which enhance the Cisco MDS family and are fully qualified and supported with NetApp’s storage portfolio. The combination of modern high-speed storage networks and NetApp’s all-Flash storage and hybrid storage systems accelerates business outcomes. For additional background on the announcement, Tony Antony, senior marketing manager, Cisco, has posted a blog today with more details.


Functional demands on storage networks are largely being impacted by virtualization and increased adoption of flash media. Storage networks must be increasingly more intelligent to accommodate application mobility and full stack orchestration, while also delivering higher levels of performance. As the standard for enterprise storage networking, current generation Fibre Channel delivers up to 16Gb/s line rate, doubling the performance and network efficiency of prior generation networks. The added performance and efficiency are essential to support the expectations of “instant” and consistent data access.


NetApp has built a reputation on innovation, delivering high performance and extremely intelligent storage systems with data management capabilities that enable unparalleled  business innovation. We have pioneered many technologies and were the first to offer storage systems with 8Gb Fibre Channel and later Fibre Channel over Ethernet connectivity. In the last six months, we have refreshed our entire storage portfolio to take advantage of 16Gb Fibre Channel networks. Our latest generation Unified Target Adapter (UTA2) I/O ports, available on our FAS8000 and FAS2500 storage platforms, support field configurable network connectivity for 16Gb Fibre Channel as well as 10GbE (FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, CIFS), another industry first!


NetApp has been on the leading edge of Flash media, having shipped more than 90PB of Flash since 2009. Our FAS and E-Series storage platforms support hybrid and all-flash configurations. And our all-Flash EF-Series product has set the benchmark for IOPs/u with over 450,000 sustained submillisecond IOPs in a 2U package!

Learn more about NetApp All-Flash storage systems at here.


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