NetApp and Citrix XenServer 4.1 - Building a Virtual Infrastructure From Server to Storage

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Executive Summary

Virtual storage solutions from NetApp for the Citrix XenServer environment are designed to help organizations to lessen costs, increase fault tolerance, and address the challenges associated with backup and restore in effective infrastructures. NetApp virtualized storage and data management solutions discussed in this paper provide remarkable gains to users. NetApp and Citrix XenServer is a planned arrangement that is used in the execution of a dynamic data center. The scope of this paper is limited to the technical discussion of virtualized storage solutions from NetApp in the context of Citrix XenServer virtual infrastructures. It is provided for infrastructure managers, system and storage administrators, and product management. The solutions mentioned in this paper are simple, cost-effective, and efficient, which are designed to provide scalability and improve production and performance of organizations. Various benefits and features of XenServer are mentioned and discussed in details. Advanced storage virtualization solutions provided by NetApp are helpful in areas of improved fault tolerance, thin provisioning, instant storage cloning, and advanced backup and recovery, which makes NetApp systems ideal storage platform for server and desktop virtualization. The NetApp Storage Repository for XenServer allows XenServer administrators to manage and control the NetApp systems directly from the chosen toolset. This paper talks about NetApp as the leading solution provider in the storage market and Citrix the tool that can control these solutions directly from XenServer.

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