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NetApp, Inc., formerly Network Appliance, Inc., is an American computer storage and data management company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. It is a member of the NASDAQ-100. It was ranked on the Fortune 500 for the first time in 2012. Wikipedia.

A physical host machine determines that a storage device from a network storage system is available to the host machine as a pass-through disk. Virtualization software running on the host machine assigns the pass-through disk to a temporary resource group on the host machine. The pass-through disk is logically attached to the virtual machine running on the host machine and made available to an operating system and application running on the virtual machine.

NetApp | Date: 2015-07-31

A method, system and program are disclosed for accelerating data storage by providing non-disruptive storage caching using clustered cache appliances with packet inspection intelligence. A cache appliance cluster that transparently monitors NFS and CIFS traffic between clients and NAS subsystems and caches files using dynamically adjustable cache policies provides low-latency access and redundancy in responding to both read and write requests for cached files, thereby improving access time to the data stored on the disk-based NAS filer (group).

NetApp | Date: 2015-06-24

A modular block allocator receives a cleaner message requesting dirty buffers associated with an Mode be cleaned. The modular block allocator provides at least one bucket cache comprising a plurality of buckets, wherein each bucket represents a plurality of free data blocks. The dirty buffers are cleaned by allocating the data blocks of one of the buckets to the dirty buffers. The allocated data blocks are mapped to a stripe set and when the stripe set is full, the stripe set is sent to a storage system. In one embodiment of the invention, a modular block allocator includes a front end module and a back end module communicating with each other via an application programming interface (API). The front end module contains write allocation policies that define how blocks are laid out on disk. The back end module creates data structures for execution of the policies.

Machine implemented method and system for generating a disaster recovery copy of an expandable storage volume having a namespace for storing information for accessing data objects stored at a data constituent volume is provided. A transfer operation for transferring a point in time copy of the expandable storage volume from a first location to a second location is generated. Information regarding the expandable storage volume from the first location is retrieved and a destination expandable storage volume is resized to match components of the expandable storage volume at the first location. Thereafter, the point in time copy of the expandable storage volume from the first location to the second location is transferred and configuration information regarding the point in time copy is copied from the first location to the second location; a data structure for storing information regarding the transferred point in time copy of the expandable storage volume is updated.

The embodiments described herein are directed to the use of hashing in a file system metadata arrangement that reduces an amount of metadata stored in a memory of a node in a cluster and that reduces the amount of metadata needed to process an input/output (I/O) request at the node. Illustratively, the embodiments are directed to cuckoo hashing and, in particular, to a manner in which cuckoo hashing may be modified and applied to construct the file system metadata arrangement. In an embodiment, the file system metadata arrangement may be illustratively include a hash collision technique that employs a hash collision computation to determine a unique candidate extent key (having a candidate hash table index) in the event of a collision, i.e., a hash table index collides with a slot of a hash table matching a key found in the slot.

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