Tech Preview: NetApp Project Shift

Here is a preview of some exciting new technology you will see from NetApp. The driver behind this technology is the shift (pardon the pun) we are seeing in the market for a multi-hypervisor based cloud solutions.

How good would it be to transition VM’s from development to production (and vice versa) on different hypervisor platforms without requiring data migration or additional storage resources?

To make this happen FlexClone is used to clone the data blobs from one format to another writing any unique differences as needed. For instance, when shifting from VMware to Hyper-V, we clone from the flat VMDK into the new VHD/VHDX writing any headers and metadata as needed. The end result is we’re able to take a VMDK on an NFS data store and shift it to a VHD/VHDX in seconds! More importantly we’re doing so in an incredibly efficient manner as we’re only writing the difference in the file format not the contents of the virtual disk itself.

The following demo from my esteemed colleague Vaughn Stewart will show you the magic:

Initially we will support vSphere, Hyper-V and Xenserver and planning for AWS, KVM/RHEV in the future.

Enjoy 🙂

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