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NetApp Intros Software To Manage Multivendor PCIe Flash-Based Storage

NetApp in August extended its storage tiering reach into the server with the introduction of new software that allows it to work with multiple vendors' PCIe flash storage products.

NetApp's new Flash Accel software interfaces with PCIe-based flash storage to turn that storage into a high-performance tier and increase application performance, the company said. Flash Accel, which is embedded in NetApp's Data ONTAP storage operating system, is similar to rival EMC's VFCache. However, while VFCache works with EMC storage, NetApp's Flash Accel works with hardware from such partners as Fusion-io, LSI, STEC, Micron and Virident Systems. Flash Accel also works with software from Fusion-io, LSI, and SanDisk.

NetApp is also reselling PCIe flash-based storage cards and related software from Fusion-io for use in physical and virtual server environments.


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