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Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) has announced Microsoft qualification of Microsoft Multipath Input/Output (MPIO) for iSCSI as part of the Microsoft Designed for Windows Logo Qualification Program. Using MPIO with iSCSI, customers can deploy an IP SAN not only for workgroup and departmental data, but also for mission-critical data requiring the highest levels of scalability, availability and failover protection. Microsoft-qualified MPIO technology was previously available only for Fibre Channel SAN environments. NetApp is the first to bring to market Microsoft MPIO for iSCSI infrastructures.
“Using iSCSI with NetApp storage systems, Microsoft MPIO and Microsoft Clustering Services makes it highly appropriate for enterprise-class deployments,” said Patrick Rogers, Vice President of Marketing at Network Appliance. “Working with Microsoft on a variety of iSCSI initiatives, including offering Microsoft MPIO capability for IP SANs, yields tremendous value to our mutual customers as they leverage their Windows storage investments in new and exciting ways, especially for Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server environments.”
MPIO is the ability to use more than one physical path to access a storage device, providing improved system reliability and availability via fault tolerance or load balancing of I/O traffic. In the case of storage management, where the preservation of data is vital, MPIO used in conjunction with iSCSI provides extra support points that can protect against data loss or system failure. Microsoft’s qualification of Microsoft MPIO and NetApp iSCSI storage products delivers a standard and interoperable path for communication between NetApp storage products and the Windows platform. Microsoft MPIO for Fibre Channel and IP SANs is available to customers using NetApp SnapDrive software.
“Customers want greater choice when building high-quality, highly available network storage systems,” said Claude Lorenson, Technical Product Manager, Windows Server Division at Microsoft Corp. “NetApp integration of Microsoft’s MPIO solution with iSCSI and Designed for Windows Qualification of the NetApp MPIO iSCSI solution will allow businesses of all sizes to take advantage of existing Windows investments to improve the IT value and operational efficiency of their networked storage systems with rigorously tested solutions, ensuring a positive user experience.”
Microsoft qualification of Microsoft MPIO and NetApp iSCSI storage products offers assurance to customers that the combined solution has undergone rigorous testing to ensure robust and effective Microsoft SAN deployments. The Designed for Windows logo qualification is required before any storage system can be considered qualified by Microsoft for use in SAN environments.
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