NetApp expands hybrid cloud solutions portfolio

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Bangalore: NetApp announced new additions and enhanced capabilities across its hybrid cloud portfolio. These new enhancements and capabilities will help organisations modernize their IT infrastructures and accelerate digital transformation.

NetApp’s ONTAP software serves as the foundation for a hybrid cloud. With ONTAP’s latest release, it is introducing enhanced protection against ransomware, expanded data management capabilities, and NVMe/TCP support for accelerated performance.

The company is also announcing new digital wallet capabilities for NetApp Cloud Manager and enhanced data services. It offers simplified administration across a hybrid cloud, more flexible consumption options to better control costs and new professional services offerings to help customers unlock the full value of on-premises and hybrid cloud resources.

“The promised benefits of migrating to the cloud may be profound, but many IT departments are still working to overcome on-premises challenges, like managing the complexity and costs of moving data, protecting against ransomware, and ensuring reliable performance for critical applications,” said Puneet Gupta, MD – Marketing and Services, NetApp India.

“As the hybrid cloud specialist, NetApp can help enterprises move their digital transformation efforts forward to deliver business results faster and within budget—whether they are still developing a strategy or in the middle of executing large-scale migrations,” added Gupta.

“IDC’s research shows that approximately 70% of enterprise IT customers plan to modernize their storage infrastructures in the next two years to support next-generation workloads,” said Eric Burgener, Research VP – Infrastructure Systems Group, IDC.

“By partnering with NetApp to build our data fabric and standardize operations with its world-class hybrid cloud solutions,” said Otmar Szafnauer, CEO and Team Principal – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team.

“We’re working to ensure from capturing real-time data on car and component performance to how we streamline factory and engineering operations—is focused on constant improvement and driving the team forward,” added Szafnauer. 

NetApp’s latest portfolio innovations announced include:

  • ONTAP Data Management Software Enhancements: The latest release of ONTAP enables enterprises to autonomously protect against ransomware attacks based on machine learning with integrated preemptive detection and accelerated data recovery.
  • Enhanced Data Services: With new digital wallet capabilities available in NetApp Cloud Manager, customers can benefit from greater mobility and more visibility into usage of data service licenses across a hybrid cloud, with prepayment of credits enabling streamlined deployment to avoid procurement hassles.
  • More Flexible Consumption Options: NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription, an on-premises storage-as-a-service offering with native cloud integration. NetApp is now offering a new freemium service tier for Cloud Volumes ONTAP, providing customers with access to a fully featured, perpetual license to use ONTAP in the cloud for workloads needing less than 500GB of storage. This consumption flexibility gives organizations the freedom to use enterprise-grade data services for small workloads such as Kubernetes clusters at no initial cost. An organisation only needs to convert to a subscription when the workload matures and scales.

“As a leading IT consultancy specializing in cloud infrastructure and services, our clients are increasingly working with us to reduce CAPEX spending by taking advantage of cloud-like consumption models for their on-premises environments,” said Kent Christensen, Virtual Practice Director – Cloud and Data Centreecenter transformation at Insight.

“NetApp Keystone helps us provide a truly flexible consumption model for enterprises, serving as a platform to provide business-critical data services across the entire hybrid cloud data fabric, which will be a huge boon for our growing client base,” added Christenson

More Accessible Hybrid Cloud Expertise: NetApp is also introducing new Support and Professional Services offerings to make it even easier to access experts for step-by-step guidance as they transition to hybrid cloud.

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