NetApp Readies Upgrades for SAN Systems
After a decade of criticizing the complexity and high price of storage area networks, Network Appliance officials finally shipped their own SAN products last falland promptly found out that it's not so easy.After a decade of criticizing the complexity and high price of storage area networks, Network Appliance Inc. officials finally shipped their own SAN products last falland promptly found out that its not so easy. Now, less than a year later, several improvements are being prepared, mostly for the same Fibre Channel market, said Rich Clifton, vice president of NetApps SAN/iSAN business unit. The upgrades include increased operating systems support, SAN-enabled systems that use less rack space and management software updates.
All the Sunnyvale, Calif., companys latest NAS (network-attached storage) devices are SAN-enabled for Sun Microsystems Inc.s Solaris and Microsoft Corp.s Windows. Linux is being added for Fibre Channel, support for Novell Inc. is coming for iSCSI and multiple other Unix flavors are also due this year, Clifton said. "Most large customers have a broader portfolio of enterprise servers in their infrastructure, so theres a lot of pressure on us," he said.