Six months after announcing a strategic alliance, Microsoft and storage appliance maker NetApp said they have achieved technology integration of their products in an effort to streamline data center management.

The companies said Microsoft management tools can now be used to monitor and manage virtual environments built on NetApp storage equipment as well as internal and public cloud environments.

“Together we are offering customers an optimal solution to manage their virtualized infrastructure by tightly integrating NetApp’s storage efficiency technologies with [Microsoft] System Center,” Garth Forth, head of System Center marketing at Microsoft, said in a statement.

NetApp unveiled a new management pack that allows Microsoft customers to manage NetApp storage technologies within the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager. The software also allows Microsoft users to create automated reports, troubleshoot storage issues, and view mapping of storage to individual virtual machines.

NetApp said it will continue to work with Microsoft as part of the three-year strategic alliance to further increase integration of the companies’ products and to work toward a unified architecture.

NetApp has seen strong demand for its storage products based on a shift toward virtualization and cloud technologies. The company announced that in its fiscal fourth quarter ending April 30, 2010, product revenue grew 50%. The company also saw its profit more than double in the quarter to $145 million, compared to $68 million a year earlier. 

 

 

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