The company adds new features that include usage-based metering, service-level monitoring, and performance and capacity modeling and planning.
storage provider NetApp on June 14 upgraded its OnCommand storage management
software, which now includes the capability to automate and analyze shared
like its archrival EMC, comes at cloud management from what it considers the
center of the data center universe: storage. Conversely, Cisco Systems comes at
cloud-type systems from a network-centric perspective, while Hewlett-Packard,
IBM, Dell, Oracle, Hitachi and others start with servers and databases.
provides a foundation for a cloud with its Unified Storage Architecture and a
corresponding set of storage and data management capabilities built on its
standard Data ONTAP software. The company provides a secure multitenant package
that can scale up or back down to meet changing workload demands, NetApp Vice
President of Product and Solutions Marketing Chris Cummings reminded eWEEK.
customers can transition to a private cloud environment at their own pace as
their business grows, without needing to shut anything down or disrupt anything
inside their IT infrastructure," Cummings said.
Partners Fill in Gaps as Needed
won't command all the attributes of a private cloud infrastructure, but NetApp
has thought ahead on this one: It will introduce you to business partners who
can handle those aspects of an IT infrastructure.
that end, NetApp said it is expanding its Alliance Technology Partner Program
to include cloud management companies, so as to enable integration between
established cloud management packages and OnCommand to provide end-to-end
management of the full-stack cloud infrastructure.
cloud partners include BMC, CA, Fujitsu, Microsoft, newScale, Tivoli and
VMware. Their cloud management software enables automation and management of
the cloud infrastructure and integrates natively with NetApp OnCommand into a
full-stack orchestration, Cummings said.
new OnCommand management delivers four fundamental elements that compose a
cloud: service catalog, service analytics, automation and self-service,
OnCommand unified manager enables the creation of a storage service catalog and
provides policy-based automation, including provisioning, data protection and
addition, OnCommand provides the service analytics for storage and the rest of
the infrastructure so customers have the visibility and knowledge needed to
optimize a cloud service delivery. This includes usage-based metering,
service-level monitoring, and performance and capacity modeling and planning.