SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 — With storage capacity requirements increasing at exponential rates, Flash memory continues to gain popularity as a powerful complement to traditional hard-disk storage. Its ability to dramatically break through the input/output latency barrier—a key inhibitor to fast and scalable applications—makes an efficient and flexible Flash strategy a critical part of an agile data infrastructure. From their server to their back-end storage, cost- and performance-conscious system architects must balance how Flash is used within their organizations to maximize application performance, minimize rising IT costs, preserve high availability, protect data, and simplify management.
Today, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) extended its Virtual Storage Tiering (VST) strategy by introducing NetApp® Flash Accel™, expanded its Technology Alliance Program to include server caching hardware and software partners, and unveiled a reseller relationship with Fusion-io. This comprehensive strategy update to VST enables end-to-end storage management for customers with physical and virtualized environments, from the user-accessible Flash memory on the server to the cost-effective hard-disk storage on the back end. Flash Accel will be on display at the NetApp booth, #1402, at VMworld San Francisco on August 26–30.
It’s great to read about this announcement which is further capitalizing on NetApp’s investment and innovation in the virtualization space. The initial statistics look impressive and I’m off to read more about them, I wonder what solutions we will see resulting from this announcement going forward.