NetApp Kills Off DataFort; Encryption A Feature, Not A Product
December 22, 2010
NetApp, on the other hand, has not managed to turn an acquisition into a successful product line. The company has had what can be called , at best, a modest success with Onaro's SANscreen SAN management tools and the NearStore VTL product line derived from Alacritus's technology. Topio's continuous data protection for heterogeneous environments became NetApp's ReplicatorX before the folks in the corner office decided to rename it, yet again, and kill it off.
The jury's still out on the Bycast object storage tech that NetApp snapped up earlier this year, but I'm not that optimistic. The rumors I'm hearing are more about making Data OnTap and filers cloudier with Bycast tech than about NetApp really pushing a new object store product line a la EMC's Atmos.
Despite some well documented delays, NetApp has done better at integrating acquired technologies into Data OnTap with Orca, Troika and, most importantly, Spinaker tech, all of which make NetApp filers the Swiss army knives of storage they are today.