NetApp has announced new storage solutions optimised for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, virtualisation software that's a feature of most versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

The new NetApp storage solutions provide data center customers with server virtualisation capabilities for increased operational efficiencies and scalability.
With thousands of NetApp systems already deployed for virtual server environments, NetApp now provides Windows Server 2008 customers with the technology needed to enable them to build a complete virtual architecture. As a result, customers will experience enhanced infrastructure flexibility along with lowered costs through consolidation and simplified management.
NetApp's built-in storage deduplication and thin provisioning technologies, both available at no additional charge, allow Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V customers to reduce
storage power, cooling, and space requirements by up to 50%. With NetApp's virtual cloning and virtual volume capabilities, Windows Server 2008 customers can reallocate physical storage quickly and provision storage as fast as the virtual servers.
Furthermore, NetApp's best-in-class data protection functionality provides customers with instantaneous backups and cost-effective disaster recovery of virtual machines for end-to-end backup and recovery.
Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V customers will also benefit from NetApp's continued work with Microsoft to improve the customer experience by enhancing integration with Microsoft's suite of management tools, to include System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Microsoft's solution for managing virtual infrastructures. In addition, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V customers will be able to leverage best practices developed by NetApp to enable optimal customer deployments.
NetApp's SnapManager 5.0 for Microsoft Exchange also recently received Certified for Windows Server 2008 validation with the Hyper-V designation. SnapManager 5.0 for Microsoft Exchange enables customers to simplify backup, recovery, and verification of Microsoft Exchange Server running as a virtual machine on Hyper-V.
This certification signifies that SnapManager has passed independent testing by a Microsoft-approved testing vendor. To earn the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V designation, testing was performed on a Windows Server 2008 virtual machine running on Hyper-V, and the application was validated to support four key Hyper-V tests specific to virtual machine behavior, including Recover and Save State and Restore of Virtual Machine; Recover After Pause and Resume of the Virtual Machine; Do Not Prevent Shutdown from Host; and Survive the Snapshot Process. This validation provides further proof to customers of the ongoing synergies between NetApp and Microsoft Hyper-V.