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The traditional model in the storage industry is one with multiple, incompatible storage architectures with incompatible processes requiring lots of experts. Because integration between architectures is expensive, this model results in functional silos of storage in which available storage cannot be easily allocated to the applications that need it. This paper describes the elements of the NetApp unified storage architecture in detail, including true multiprotocol support, a single management interface, integrated data protection, support for multiple tiers of storage (primary, secondary, and archive/compliance), quality of service, and the ability to act as a front end for legacy storage systems.
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