NetApp and VMware announced a new joint cloud solution at the VMworld 2011, designed to accelerate customers’ transition to cloud computing with ease.
The new cloud solution will present VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp, enabling organisations to evolve to a secure cloud computing model at their own pace, gaining greater flexibility and efficiency without needing to replace their existing infrastructure.
The cloud solution combines NetApp’s flexible and efficient Unified Storage Architecture and comprehensive set of storage and data management capabilities built on Data ONTAP with VMware’s recently enhanced cloud infrastructure suite to deliver seamless integration of cloud management, provisioning, and backup and recovery capabilities based on existing virtualized shared IT infrastructures.
VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp simplifies the transition to a standardised, automated service-delivery model that scales with the business, allowing service providers, government agencies, universities and enterprises to invest resources back into the business, helping them manage for the future and drive innovation throughout the organisation.
The solution helps customers evolve to the next stage of the virtualization journey by creating a secure cloud infrastructure using proven, integrated technologies that automate and centrally manage cloud environments, resulting in increased productivity and optimised service levels.
Cloud computing is increasingly being adopted as an important IT initiative as more organisations evaluate alternatives to help manage the pace and growth of their business.
Documented in a best practices guide, the new cloud solution helps customers evolve from a virtualized environment to a secure private, hybrid or public cloud infrastructure using proven, integrated technologies that automate and centrally manage cloud environments.
NetApp and VMware have a globally staffed, 24x7 direct contact path between the VMware and NetApp support organisations while leveraging a Unified Support Lab where support engineers can reproduce customer environments, diagnose issues, and rapidly resolve customer cases seamlessly.
Highlights of the new cloud infrastructure solution:
- Integrated data protection with VMware vCloud Director enables customisable backup and recovery of tenant data within minutes
- Intelligent policy-based provisioning of storage and infrastructure resources to meet stringent service-level agreements
- Secure isolation and control of multiple tenants including applications, organisations, clients, users and business units on a flexible shared IT infrastructure