Why Clustered ONTAP Matters to the Government

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Posted by: Category: Blog, IT Modernization Post Date: July 1, 2013

In high-visibility applications such as those within a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), downtime directly impacts productivity. And when productivity suffers, the agency’s mission could be at risk.

Keeps production running, even during upgrades and migrations

In IT, there are no bigger pains than trying to implement upgrades to hardware, patching software and migrating data. Often, these tasks require halting production or at least planning a major outage. Vendor patching, for example, usually means at least some amount of downtime. But with clustered ONTAP, you have a virtual storage array (referred to by some as vServers) that gives you the ability to move data on the fly.

In other words, ONTAP allows you to migrate systems that you need to upgrade or patch to a vServer while you keep production running. It’s all invisible to users. This cluster, combined with VDI, is a powerful tool — if desktops have problems or need more power, you can put users on another node, unnoticed.

How it works: The power of clusters gives users flexibility

Clusters connect several storage pairs via high-speed fabric. The virtual array is on the storage array. No matter what protocol you use to access data, clustered ONTAP provides great data mobility capabilities. You can have one or more vServers sharing hardware in the cluster, which allows you the ability to provide flexibility to your end users. In essence, clustered ONTAP allows you to decide what solutions are best for users in real-time, without the need to buy new products.

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