I’m awaiting the release of OnTap 8.0, but there are several things I’m waiting for that will come after 8.0.

Jeff O’Neal, NetApp’s senior director of Data Center Solutions, said Data OnTap 8.0 — which will merge Data OnTap 7G with the Data OnTap GX cluster platform — will be released later this year. “NetApp remains on track to release our first converged operating system in calendar ’09,” O’Neal told Enterprise Storage Forum.

This is exciting if they can get 8.0 released this year. That means we might be able to look forward to 8.1 coming out sometime 2010. 8.1 should be an even more exciting release from what I’ve heard through the grape vine. I’m hoping still that 8.0 might have some of the advancements that GX had in the core OS. I’m hoping for tab-complete, a more GX light na-admin, and quite a few other GX like enhancements.
What do you guys think? What have you heard about 8.0?