Fusion-io and NetApp Collaborate on Virtual Storage Tier Technologies
Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that it is working closely with storage industry leader NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) to provide solutions using server-side flash and caching software products when used in conjunction with the NetApp Virtual Storage Tier. The two companies are collaborating on low-latency, high-performance solutions for compatibility between the Fusion ioMemory platform and NetApp's Data ONTAP operating system, as well as key caching solutions, including NetApp Flash Cache, NetApp Flash Pool and Fusion-io caching software.
The momentum behind shared IT infrastructure and the need for always-on application availability is fueling a rethinking of automated storage tiering models. The proliferation of storage media technologies (SATA, Fibre Channel, SAS and flash) can complicate decisions of how to get the right data to the right place at the right time. The NetApp Virtual Storage Tier offers a unique approach to automated storage tiering, that matches data with the specific technology that can best align with lifecycle and performance objectives.
"Our collaboration with Fusion-io will help customers implement a more dynamic and cost-effective infrastructure," said Tim Russell, vice president of Data Lifecycle Ecosystem Group, NetApp. "Fusion-io provides leading data acceleration technology that, in combination with technologies in our Virtual Storage Tier, such as Flash Cache and Flash Pool, will enable rapid, low-latency assessment of workload priorities, resulting in low-cost high performance solutions to the exponential data growth our customers face today."
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