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NetApp Extends De-Dupe to Rivals' Storage

Software upgrade turns vendor's V-Series controller into a de-dupe gateway for other vendors' arrays

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, NetApp’s 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.”

Arrays that could be linked to the V-Series include, for example, HDS’s Tagmastore, EMC’s Clariion and Celerra offerings, and IBM’s Shark,he adds.

The software upgrade, which is available now, is free of charge to V-Series users with ONTAP 7G licenses.

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