Recently, The NetApp Inc. introduced the virtual models of its renowned back appliance SteelStore with the Amazon Machine Image Integration. It also launched the first hardware version of its already popular StorageGrid Webscale – the Object Storage Archive.
These moves are an integral part of the company’s series of roll outs intended for making it easier for the clients and customers to run the NetApp storage in their public clouds, especially the ones powered by AWS (Amazon Web Services).
netApp also recently released the next iteration of its Cloud OnTap, which is the virtual addition clustered Data OnTap operating system for facilitating the storage on NetApp FAS arrays. This particular software only model is designed for running the NetApp Private Storage on the top of Amazon Elastic Block Storage.
On-prem archive enabled with S3 Storage by the NetApp StorageGrid and SteelStore combo
One can now choose from the SteelStore Amazon Machine Image’s three virtual models on the subscription basis, making their first upgrade SteelStore line since the acquisition of the backup hardware by NetApp in October last year from the RiverBed Technology.
Customers are now enabled with the options to install the SteelStore devices just like the physical devices for caching restores or like the virtual cloud gateways.
One of the senior NetApp officials said that SteelStore is quite flexible, and just by simply pointing an application at the destination device of the SteelStore, you can get any primary storage system accepted as the input.
As a complement to the NetApp’s SteelStore, NetApp released its StorageGrid WebScale as the optional hardware. Earlier the NetApp StorageGrid was only available as a virtual software appliance. But as now it’s available in the form of a hardware version, things would become quite different. This hardware version comes equipped with efficient management software embedded seamlessly in the storage controllers. Also, the upgraded StorageGrid adds the erasure coding for supporting the geographic replication.