In the face of today's increased economic pressures, many IT organizations are turning to cloud computing to help reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the data center. Service providers play a key role in this data center transformation and help customers realize these benefits by delivering a wide range of IT services via the cloud.

Several of the world's leading service providers already depend on NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) to provide the storage infrastructure that is at the core of their service offerings. To address the growing demand, NetApp today unveiled new design guides and capabilities geared specifically for service providers that will help them deliver greater value to their cloud customers.
Furthermore, these latest offerings provide another example of NetApp's commitment to enabling the success of its service provider customers rather than offering NetApp proprietary services that directly compete with them. The following new NetApp solutions will help service providers differentiate their cloud services, accelerate their services' time to market, and achieve industry-leading cost and service-level benefits.
* NetApp Service-Oriented Infrastructure (SOI): The SOI leverages NetApp storage and serves as the foundation for all NetApp IT-as-a-service designs. It provides service providers with a standardized and unified infrastructure that lets them consume and deploy storage, network, and compute resources in a repeatable manner. This helps speed time to market, improve flexibility, reduce costs, and
increase service levels.
* Data Protection as a Service (DPaaS): NetApp now provides service providers with a design guide that enables them to rapidly deploy DPaaS offerings, including archive and disaster recovery (DR). Service providers will benefit from NetApp technologies such as FlexClone for riskless DR testing, SnapLock for compliance, and MultiStore for secure multi-tenancy. This DPaaS design guide will help service providers reduce costs and complexities and increase service levels and flexibility.
* Backup/Recovery as a Service (BRaaS): NetApp has teamed with Asigra, a leading provider of cloud backup/recovery software, to provide service providers with a design guide that helps them quickly and efficiently deploy BRaaS solutions. Asigra Cloud Backup* software runs on the NetApp SOI, combining the scalability, security, and pay-as-you go capabilities of Asigra with the unified, high-performance, and flexible storage solutions of NetApp. The result is a single, proven BRaaS solution that allows service providers to meet their customers' demanding service-level agreements and reduce costs.
* NetApp Open Management: NetApp's open management capabilities now allow service providers to leverage NetApp's storage efficiency and storage services automation capabilities, regardless of whether service providers use NetApp or another technology vendor's IT service management or virtualization framework. The open management capabilities are enabled by NetApp's open Software Developer Kit (SDK) and Web services Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and provide a policy-based automation infrastructure. This enables service providers to link their IT service management and orchestration portals easily and quickly to NetApp's storage automation engine for rapid and seamless storage provisioning and protection services.
"With NetApp's open management capabilities, we are able to seamlessly integrate our Business Service Management platform with NetApp's storage solutions," says Scott Fulton, vice-president and GM of Service Automation for BMC Software. "As a result, service providers are now able to provision NetApp storage services directly from the BMC Service Catalog via NetApp Provisioning Manager, providing their customers with all the storage availability, performance, flexibility, and efficiency that NetApp provides."
Service providers can also take advantage of the recently announced Cisco, NetApp, and VMware Secure Multi-tenancy Design Architecture. This validated design architecture isolates IT resources for enhanced security in shared virtual and enterprise cloud environments. The end-to-end design architecture helps customers to develop internal and external cloud services that isolate different clients, business units, departments, or security zones for enhanced security across the computing, networking, storage, and management layers of a unified infrastructure.