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NetApp SnapDrive Software

Simplify storage virtualization and management

THE CHALLENGE Increase Storage Utilization

key benefits*
Managing expensive enterprise data By complementing native disk and volume
Automate management storage infrastructures management with virtualization capabilities,
Automate the provisioning of storage In today’s global marketplace, enterprises of all SnapDrive allows you to create virtual disks
resources in physical and virtual sizes produce enormous amounts of business- from pools of storage that can then be dis-
environments. critical information from a variety of sources: tributed among several storage appliances.
enterprise applications, corporate e-mail, data This server-based virtualization optimizes
Respond quickly to growth warehouses, and line-of-business applications. your storage utilization and lets you respond
Expand your storage with little or no While trying to keep up with the explosion of to rapidly changing storage needs.
downtime. digital information, companies have created
cumbersome, expensive-to-maintain storage Storage managed by SnapDrive logically
Speed backup and restore appears to come from a locally attached
infrastructures. Now these organizations are
Backup and restore data in seconds storage subsystem. In reality, the capacity
struggling with the high costs of managing
with integrated Snapshot™ technology. comes from a centrally managed pool of
their enterprise information.
networked storage with enhanced attributes.
Increase availability
Perform online cloning and replication Manage volumes dynamically
of production data without causing Use our SnapDrive software for cost-
effective storage virtualization Your business does not have to stop every
downtime. Our seamless support for
With SnapDrive® software from NetApp, time your IT organization has to add more
native cluster managers also helps you
you can reduce the cost and complexity storage. With SnapDrive, you can add, delete,
increase availability.
of managing storage for your company by map, unmap, and mirror virtual disks online.
enabling flexible and efficient utilization You can expand capacity with limited or no
of storage resources to improve data and impact on application or system performance.
application availability. SnapDrive software
EnABLE business continuance
offers a rich set of capabilities to virtualize
and enhance storage management for your Your ability to have access to business-
Microsoft® Windows®, Linux®, and UNIX® critical information is a competitive weapon
environments. SnapDrive tightly integrates in today’s economy. Your employee
with your native file system and provides productivity, customer satisfaction, and
a layer of abstraction between application company reputation hinge on the ability
data and physical storage associated with of your IT infrastructure to guard against
that data. data loss and enable rapid recovery from
unforeseen events. SnapDrive is designed
to meet your need for continual data be mirrored to one or more storage • VMware® ESX Server
access for applications, rapid backup, and appliances. Continual updates of mirrors • Sun™ Solaris™
replication for business continuance. enable your data to be current and • HP HP-UX
available. Our online replication technology • IBM AIX
Increase reliability performs intelligent resynchronization • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
For your mission-critical applications, of any data that you modify during • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise
information uptime is paramount. SnapDrive application testing or while recovering from • Oracle® Enterprise Linux
provides the greatest possible level of reli- a broken mirror.
ability for these applications by seamlessly BOOST STORAGE EFFICIENCY
integrating with the OS-specific cluster Lower your Total cost Using storage space more efficiently is
manager. SnapDrive simplifies management of ownership
a practical way to control your storage
of cluster resources, virtual disks, and SnapDrive can simplify your storage environment and reduce associated storage
Snapshot copies in your Microsoft Windows management and maximizes asset utilization expenditures. With SnapDrive Space
environment, making failover completely to give you a more versatile and responsive Reclamation, you can increase storage
transparent. SnapDrive also lets you use a IT infrastructure. efficiency by conserving and reusing disk
virtual disk as a quorum device. space already allocated to the Windows
Simplify Management
environment. You can thin-provision your
Speed backup and restore SnapDrive makes management simple block-based storage for long periods of time
SnapDrive integrates Snapshot technology and intuitive in the Windows environment without having storage space allocation
to give you near-instantaneous point-in-time by allowing administration through the slowly increase up to 100% utilization. You
images of application and user data. These Microsoft Management Console or a can also increase the storage efficiency of
point-in-time images require minimal disk command line. Interactive wizards and easy- Snapshot copies, reducing the space you
space and cause minimal or no disruption to-use interfaces guide your administrators need to reserve for important tasks.
to service. SnapDrive also gives you access through all management tasks and create
to Snapshot copies by mounting them as automatic schedules of operations. VIRTUALIZE APPLICATIONS
virtual disks. You can use these virtual disks SnapDrive comes with an intuitive command SnapDrive extends the capabilities of
for routine administrative tasks such as line for script-based automation in the UNIX our SnapManager® software to virtual
online backup, testing of new applications, environment. infrastructures. That means you gain
or population of data marts with limited or no common data management tools for
Increase Responsiveness
downtime to your business-critical information. virtualized and physical servers and can
You can improve the availability and accelerate the deployment of existing
You can restore data in seconds when you use responsiveness of your enterprise Windows applications on virtual servers.
our SnapRestore® software with SnapDrive. applications with the flexible storage With SnapDrive, you can manage data within
management infrastructure enabled by virtual machines and take full advantage of
Improve Availability
SnapDrive. SnapDrive is ideally suited for the application-specific data management
SnapDrive configured with our SnapMirror® mission-critical database and messaging capabilities of SnapManager products.
software enables seamless online applications. The following software and
replication to provide you with global platforms provide support for SnapDrive:**
data availability and protection against
unforeseen events or application failures. • Data ONTAP® 6.5.2 and later
Your entire storage environment, including • Microsoft Windows
virtual disks and Snapshot copies, can • Microsoft Hyper-V™

* Features and functionality vary for the various operating systems

supported. Refer to the latest OS-specific administrative guide for the
exact capabilities.

** For detailed system requirements, refer to Interoperability Compatibility

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