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NetApp's Kidd Talks Software Roadmap

NetApp is readying a host of software upgrades, including plans to extend de-duplication capabilities to primary storage, enhance virtualization, and eventually merge the 7G and GX versions of its OnTap software.

The vendor's chief marketing officer, Jay Kidd, told Byte and Switch this week that a new release of OnTap 7G, NetApp's enterprise operating system, will include de-duplication specifically aimed at primary storage.

Last year, NetApp used OnTap 7G to add de-duplication to its R200 and FAS product lines, although Kidd says this was mostly focused on secondary storage.

"We have done some additional tuning and optimization, and we will continue to do that throughout the year to allow de-dupe to be used even more broadly in primary storage environments," he said. "Remember that the OnTap architecture is the same for primary and secondary [storage], so it was relatively easy to do."

The exec explained that, despite most de-dupe being targeted at secondary storage, more and more of NetApp's customers are looking to use the technology on their primary storage as well. "A real focus [for NetApp] has been understanding the behavior of de-dupe on primary storage," says Kidd, adding that this will be offered within an imminent release of OnTap 7G. "We will be making a formal announcement fairly soon."

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