Today’s data centers are being asked to do more with little additional financial support forthcoming. They are under a constant barrage to do things faster, more inexpensively and with no disruption to the revenue-‐generating part of the company. Frequently, they are experiencing 24 X 7 operations, numerous new application deployments and explosive data growth. Data storage often becomes a crucial limiting factor to meeting these stringent demands.
Faced with these seemingly insurmountable challenges, CIO’s are discovering that the old way of responding to application and data growth is unacceptable. That is, the outdated “rip and replace” method to improve capacity and IO performance, which often meant disruptive migration, doesn’t work anymore. Instead, a more nimble alternative is needed. In response to this need for storage agility, NetApp has recently released a new version of their storage operating environment called Data ONTAP® 8.1. This new software update successfully eliminates many problems of typical monolithic or legacy storage systems.