CIOs are moving from being builders and operators of data centres to becoming brokers of application and information services. They are embracing new technologies and service models to deliver IT faster, cheaper, and smarter, while making their companies more responsive and competitive.
Public cloud computing is at the forefront of this dramatic shift in IT. Organisations increasingly look to integrate public cloud services to offer predictable costs, faster provisioning, and infinite scale.

More and more, organisations are turning to hybrid cloud environments to optimise costs, seize opportunities, and mitigate risks. In this reality, data must travel across multiple clouds seamlessly – from private to public to hybrid models – while providing IT with the necessary control to centrally manage, govern, and transport data across discrete cloud resources.

NetApp extended its strategy and commitment to provide seamless cloud management across any blend of private and public cloud resources. NetApp’s strategy is to use the world’s number-one branded storage operating system, Data ONTAP, as a universal data platform across cloud environments.

Data ONTAP will enable dynamic data portability across all clouds and will support extensive customer choice for application, technology, and cloud partner options.

Jay Kidd, senior VP and chief technology officer, NetApp says: “Regardless of the ultimate computing destination, the CIO will maintain ownership of the organisation’s data. The introduction of new multi-cloud architectures makes data governance more complex because data is distributed, and not under direct control.

“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.”

NetApp’s three strategic pillars:
* The formation of a universal data platform with NetApp Data ONTAP that removes the control challenges of managing discrete cloud resources. Data ONTAP builds on 20 years of innovation to provide customers with a common cloud data fabric and seamlessly connect cloud resources.

NetApp will further integrate its software into existing and forthcoming private cloud, large-scale public cloud, and hyper-scale cloud service provider solutions to help organisations optimise IT delivery and harness the speed, flexibility, and economics of the public cloud.

* The introduction of new technology for dynamic data portability across cloud resources, whether on or off premises. NetApp will leverage its universal data container to make it easier to move data and workloads across instances of Data ONTAP in a multi-cloud environment, boosting IT efficiency and enabling new, and innovative hybrid cloud architectures.

* NetApp will continue to deliver solutions that support extensive customer choice enabling companies to adopt the right solutions for their business. With the broadest ecosystem of cloud providers, application, and technology partner options, NetApp meets the demands of diverse customer needs.

NetApp and its global partners, in the coming months, will announce new solutions that accelerate the transition to hybrid cloud architectures. These announcements will include deeper integrations for business applications in the cloud, new converged infrastructure reference architectures, secure cloud backup, and disaster recovery solutions.

More than 175 cloud service providers deliver services built on NetApp storage. Those partners offer more than 300 NetApp-based cloud services to the market. The company’s technology integrations have been celebrated by its global partners, including Microsoft, who recently named NetApp Server Partner of the Year, and last year named NetApp Private Cloud Partner of the Year.