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NetApp Turns Page on SteelStore Acquisition with Rebranding

Seven months after buying Riverbed Technology's SteelStore product line for $80 million, NetApp Inc. made the hybrid data protection line more completely its own on Wednesday by rebranding it as NetApp AltaVault.

In the months in between, NetApp marketed the product line as NetApp SteelStore. The newly branded AltaVault will push the product line forward with new capabilities and new appliance models.

The AltaVault brand covers three discrete products types. Traditional AltaVault physical appliances will run NetApp software on NetApp hardware. The AVA400 physical appliance, supporting up to 72 disk drives and 288TB of raw capacity, is available now. A larger AVA800, supporting up to 96 drives and 576TB, is planned for Q3.

Virtual AltaVault appliances run NetApp software on VMware ESX or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines on third-party hardware. Cloud appliances for AltaVault are currently available in the Amazon Web Services marketplace and are scheduled to be available in the Microsoft Azure marketplace later this year.

The appliances include inline deduplication and compression, and they integrate with NetApp SnapProtect. Other supported backup software includes Arcserve, CommVault Simpana, Dell vRanger, EMC NetWorker, HP Data Protector, IBM Spectrum Protect, Veeam, Veritas Backup Exec, Veritas Enterprise Vault, Veritas NetBackup, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle RMAN.

Posted by Scott Bekker on May 27, 2015 at 12:26 PM