NetApp Rebrands SteelStore As AltaVault, Boosts Cloud Connectivity, Performance


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Springpath, Terry Cunningham

NetApp on Wednesday branded its SteelStore line of WAN acceleration data protection and migration appliances NetApp AltaVault, and refreshed the line with improved performance and capacity on a new hardware platform.

The new NetApp AltaVault, which stems from NetApp's November, 2014 acquisition of the SteelStore technology from Riverbed, keeps as its primary objective the ability to provide a high-performance, easy-to-install way to integrate customers' existing data protection solutions to the cloud, said Phil Brotherton, vice president of NetApp's Cloud Solutions Group.

"AltaVault uses cloud economics while integrating the cloud with on-premise tools, including customers' existing backup hardware and software," Brotherton told CRN.

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Octavian Tanase, vice president of engineering at NetApp, said AltaVault is a good platform for customers with a variety of storage platforms looking to bring data to the cloud.

"AltaVault works with any storage hardware from any competitor," Tanase told CRN. "Just point the existing backup software to the AltaVault, and the data starts moving to the cloud."

This is not NetApp's first update to the SteelStore platform it acquired, Brotherton said. The company previously added capabilities to better integrate the platform with clouds from Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

It is, however, the first time the technology has been married to a common NetApp hardware platform, Brotherton said.

The NetApp AltaVault is available in three formats, including an integrated hardware appliance, a virtual appliance that runs on industry-standard server hardware with either the VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, or as an appliance on a public cloud, he said.

The hardware appliance, which offers the best performance, now runs on the same hardware as NetApp's FAS8000 storage solution, Brotherton said.

"This puts AltaVault into the NetApp support model in a way we didn't do before," he said. "Phone support, spares, and so on, are now on the same platform."

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