NetApp opened up its de-duplication technology to storage from other vendors today, touting the ability to de-dupe data on rivals' primary storage.
An upgrade to the vendors Data ONTAP 7Gsoftware running on NetApp's V-Series device has opened the door to de-dupe on other firms hardware, according to Chris Cummings, NetApps senior director of data protection solutions.
The high-end and the midrange V-Series Controller lets us put a NetApp gateway in front of an existing array from our competitors, he explains, adding that the V-Series functions as the gateway. This allows us to apply de-dupe to those volumes that are being managed where the data is resident in those arrays.
The software upgrade, which is available now, is free of charge to V-Series users with ONTAP 7G licenses.