NetApp has launched new technologies within NetApp OnCommand management software that control, automate, and analyze the shared storage infrastructure for greater optimization and service efficiency. And to extend these capabilities beyond storage for a complete enterprise cloud infrastructure service, NetApp is enhancing its Alliance Technology Partner Program with the inclusion of Cloud management experts, enabling integration between industry-leading Cloud management solutions and NetApp OnCommand to provide end-to-end management of the full-stack Cloud infrastructure.
"IT leaders are seeking alternatives that help them keep pace with the demands of their business today while allowing them to adapt and evolve as their business grows", stated Val Bercovici, Cloud czar at NetApp. "Winners in this market are thinking, choosing, and behaving differently. Enterprises, government organisations, and partners are turning to NetApp to help them transition to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure - the foundation for cloud computing - that will help them be ready for the future and enable IT to accelerate business growth."
NetApp provides the storage foundation for cloud with the NetApp Unified Storage Architecture and a comprehensive set of storage and data management capabilities built on Data ONTAP. NetApp's flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure provides a secure, multi-tenant solution that can dynamically scale up or back down to meet changing demand. Enterprise customers can transition to a private Cloud environment at their own pace as their business grows, without disrupting their IT infrastructure.
NetApp's new OnCommand management software delivers four fundamental elements that compose a Cloud: service catalog, service analytics, automation, and self-service. The new NetApp OnCommand unified manager enables the creation of a storage service catalog and provides policy-based automation, including provisioning, data protection, and service monitoring. In addition, new NetApp OnCommand Insight provides the service analytics for storage and the rest of the infrastructure so customers have the visibility and knowledge needed to optimize a cloud service delivery. This includes usage-based metering, service-level monitoring, and performance and capacity modelling and planning.
Building on its Alliance Technology Partner Programme, NetApp has integrated nearly 20 enterprise Cloud management partners, including BMC, CA, Fujitsu, Microsoft, newScale, Tivoli, and VMware. These partners' Cloud management software solutions enable automation and management of the Cloud infrastructure and integrate with NetApp OnCommand to incorporate NetApps innovative storage into a full-stack orchestration to increase flexibility and efficiency while reducing overall total cost of ownership and complexity.
Today's news builds on the tremendous Cloud momentum NetApp has achieved over the past year. Last June, NetApp officially launched its Partner Programme for Service Providers, which was the first of its kind in the storage industry and today includes more than 30 service providers delivering more than 50 Cloud services around the world. The programme is a key part of NetApp's strategy to broaden and leverage its diverse pathways to reach customers and has helped provide cloud services built on NetApp to over one billion end users.
In November, NetApp unveiled new platform features, products, and technologies - including the first Cisco and NetApp FlexPod solution with VMware - to help customers transition to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure, the foundation for Cloud computing. And with more than 150 customers having already implemented joint data center solutions based on the FlexPod design architecture, last month NetApp and Cisco introduced a new design guide for FlexPod that supports SAP applications, as well as the new NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco in collaboration with Microsoft, giving partners and customers greater flexibility and freedom of choice as they transition to the cloud. Leading global and regional system integrators are leveraging these integrated private Cloud solutions and tailoring them to each customer's unique business requirements.
Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst at ESG, stated: "Our research consistently shows that material business process improvements and cost reductions are the easiest way to justify IT investments. The promise of cloud implementations, including private, public, and hybrid approaches, is to deliver on both: making business more agile while making IT more efficient. Thus there are substantial pressure and opportunity for those organizations and cloud service providers to build innovative, economic, and secure infrastructures. Today's NetApp announcements focusing on service automation and analytics are destined to be a cornerstone for any Cloud environment because these capabilities along with adjoining partners' feature sets help optimize service levels at the lowest possible cost."
Jorge Pazos, Chief Information Officer for City of Melrose, stated: "The regionalization of IT services is an initiative being pursued by the City of Melrose as a means to reduce the time and money municipalities spend managing IT and shift the focus from managing infrastructure to consuming IT services. Our first step was to build a private cloud that would provide the flexibility, scalability, and security required to deliver a broad set of services efficiently and cost effectively. We chose Cisco, NetApp, and VMware as the best-in-class shared infrastructure for our cloud, and already we have realized a 40% savings in costs."
George L. Reed II, Chief Information Officer of Seven Corners Inc., stated: "In our industry, the first company to deliver new services typically captures over 50% of the revenue opportunity. The agility and flexibility we've gained from moving to a private cloud help us deliver products faster, quickly identify our most productive programs, and rapidly capitalize on successes. Upon project completion, we plan to store 100% of our data on NetApp and deliver all of our IT services based on a shared infrastructure from Cisco, NetApp, and VMware."
John George, Senior VP and Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Vangent Inc., stated: "Our primary focus is on providing information management and business process services that help federal and international governments, higher education institutions, and corporations achieve greater flexibility and efficiency that allows them to be more competitive. To deliver on these capabilities, we turned to NetApp, Cisco and Microsoft to provide a secure and robust shared infrastructure for our enterprise private Cloud. The efficiencies we achieve by using the NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco solution enables us to give our customers the performance and flexibility they need at an affordable price, delivering on the promise of cloud computing in a unique way."