NetApp Announces Multi-Cloud Strategy Using Data ONTAP Platform for Portability

By Laura Stotler

Organizations are increasingly taking a “mix and match” approach when it comes to cloud adoption. There is no longer one clear model for deploying and integrating cloud services, and companies are looking to public, private and hybrid cloud models to meet a multitude of needs based on scalability, efficiencies and cost savings.

NetApp recognizes the growing need to deploy varying cloud schematics and has announced a strategy to offer seamless cloud management across any blend of private and public cloud resources. The company is using its Data ONTAP platform to enable dynamic data portability across all clouds as well as to support customer choice for applications, technologies and cloud partners.

The company also plans to integrate the software into existing and upcoming private cloud, public cloud and hyperscale cloud service provider solutions in an effort to optimize IT delivery with all the benefits of the public cloud. Plans include employing a universal data container to make moving data and workloads across instances of Data ONTAP in a multi-cloud environment easy and seamless.

NetApp’s strategy coincides with a recent CompTIA study, which finds organizations are adopting multiple cloud models as they try to gain the most overall benefits from the cloud. The Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing report, based on a survey of cloud adopters, shows that companies are switching their public cloud providers, shifting from public to private clouds and moving sensitive applications back on premises in an effort to squeeze the most efficiencies and cost savings out of the cloud.

“The introduction of new multi-cloud architectures makes data governance more complex because data is distributed, and not under direct control,” said Jay Kidd, senior vice president and CTO of NetApp. “Our vision is to create an enterprise data management solution, with the clustered Data ONTAP operating system at its core, which will span the customers' data storage landscape, irrespective of data type or location."

Over the next few months, NetApp plans to work with Cisco to deepen the integration of clustered Data ONTAP software into the FlexPod converged infrastructure through new references architectures aimed at large-scale cloud service provider as well as enterprise multi-tenant environments.

The FlexPod architecture is increasingly being used in a variety of IaaS deployments, with cloud service provider PeakColo just announcing a partnership with distributor Comstor to gain visibility for its Powered by Peak IaaS and cloud services offering, built on FlexPod.

Edited by Alisen Downey

MSPToday Contributing Editor

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