NetApp buys Onaro to spark datacentre diagnostics

NetApp buys Onaro to spark datacentre diagnostics

Storage vendor boosts its automated datacentre management capabilities

Network Appliance added automated datacentre management capabilities to its technology set with the purchase of privately held Onaro lastThursday for an undisclosed sum.

NetApp expects to retain most of Onaro's 65 employees and plans to add the operation to its storage management and application integration business unit, noted NetApp's chief marketing officer, Jay Kidd.

For now, NetApp intends to maintain and sell Onaro's product line as is -- but renamed under its own brand. Kidd refused to provide any details of future cross-product or technology integration between the two organisations.

Onaro develops software that accumulates real-time information about IT architecture components such as servers, storage arrays, switches and host bus adapters. The company's seven product SANscreen family automates several datacentre functions.

NetApp plans to use Onaro's datacentre infrastructure modelling and predictive tool set to manage storage-area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) devices on physical and virtual server deployments, remarked Kidd. Because NetApp currently features over 3000 customers running VMware, he said that is a logical target for Onaro's software repertoire.

"The main thing Onaro brings is software that allows you to manage storage as a service and that becomes much more important in a virtualized server environment," Kidd said. "You really can't automate what you can't manage, and you can't manage what you can't measure -- the fact that Onaro can serve the needs of [SAN and NAS on virtualised infrastructure] was really important to us."

Kidd said Onaro's capability to perform capacity planning and reduce system errors when any changes are made should go a long way toward alleviating user concerns about supporting a broader range of applications and modular storage devices in large-scale SAN and NAS datacentre environments.

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