NetApp has introduced new products and enhancements that complement VMware vSphere 4 and VMware View to help customers optimize their desktop and cloud computing environments.

Virtual Storage Console-Virtual Storage Console is a plug-in for VMware vCenter Server that enables IT administrators to manage and monitor NetApp storage in VMware vSphere 4 environments, the industry-leading virtualization platform. Now customers can improve control of their cloud environments and centrally manage their server and storage infrastructure.
SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure-SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure integrates with VMware environments and automates data protection polices for NetApp Snapshot and SnapMirror features. Customers can now leverage an easy-to-use management tool for virtual machine backup and recovery and minimize backup time using NetApp Snapshot. Additionally, customers can instantly recover a datastore, virtual machine, virtual machine disk, or an individual file within a virtual guest.
Rapid Cloning Utility-Rapid Cloning Utility, a vCenter plug-in, simplifies the way administrators clone VMware virtual machines and datastores, providing greater ease through automation. In conjunction with NetApp FlexClone, a single image can be replicated hundreds of times in minutes while using almost no additional storage capacity. NetApp has also expanded support to Fibre Channel and iSCSI SAN, giving customers greater choice in deploying the Rapid Cloning Utility across a range of storage environments and protocols.
This announcement further highlights NetApp's tight integration with the VMware platform, which already includes secure multi-tenancy with NetApp MultiStore for secure partitioning of storage resources; NetApp Data Motion, to move data non-disruptively across storage and server systems to enhance availability for both internal and external cloud customers; and NetApp MetroCluster, with new and unique capabilities for VMware High Availability (HA) to provide applications with continuous ccess to data.
NetApp also introduced new Virtualization Quick Start Bundles to speed deployment with integrated storage, software, and networking components.
The journey to a fully virtualized environment requires careful planning. With Virtualization Quick Start Bundles, NetApp has made it easier than ever before to rapidly deploy best-practice configurations for VMware vSphere 4 that include NetApp storage systems and software, Cisco Nexus network switches, and NetApp Professional Services to eliminate the guesswork when it comes to architecting the right solution.