NetApp has announced that the company has joined Microsoft Corp’s Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program with a validated data centre architecture design that simplifies private cloud deployment and operations.

The NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco data centre architecture design helps customers accelerate their business by enabling IT to rapidly respond to changing business needs, while providing application availability and improving management efficiencies through automation.
Highlights of the program include:
* Validated through the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program, the NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco data centre architecture design helps customers reduce infrastructure and application deployment time from days to hours, while helping them achieve greater utilisation of their physical and virtual resource pools.
The NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track uses Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 and Microsoft System Centre, a common management platform to help ease management and enable automation and self-service provisioning of the entire private cloud infrastructure, including features such as automated self-service provisioning via native Opalis Integration Packs.
* Built on a flexible, shared infrastructure, the NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco design is a tested data centre architecture that can scale vertically or horizontally.
The architecture design is comprised of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers and Cisco Nexus switches; Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 and Microsoft System Centre components, including Microsoft System Centre Virtual Machine Manager, Microsoft System Centre Operations Manager, Microsoft System Centre Service Manager, and Opalis Integration Server; and NetApp unified storage systems running Data ONTAP, with a software bundle that includes the NetApp OnCommand 3.0 plug-in for Microsoft.
Soni Jiandani, senior VP of server access and virtualisation technology group at Cisco, says, “With this validated architecture design, customers can confidently take advantage of the Cisco Unified Computing System and the NetApp infrastructure to accelerate their journey to the private cloud.”
“We developed the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program to help our customers accelerate private cloud deployments and enable them to reap the benefits of IT flexibility, increased agility, and lower costs," says Mike Schutz, senior director of Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft.
"The combination of Cisco and NetApp provides orchestration and automation capabilities, and is directly in line with our vision to provide our customers with a broad choice of pre-validated infrastructures that can help them deploy private cloud architectures with confidence.”
Phil Brotherton, VP and GM of the Microsoft Business Unit at NetApp, says, “Working with Cisco and Microsoft, NetApp continues to deliver on our commitment to helping our customers achieve greater flexibility and efficiencies at lower costs.
"This collaboration enables us to deliver a private cloud that paves the way for customers to transition to a shared IT infrastructure that helps them be ready for the future and use IT as a tool to capitalise on new growth opportunities.”