Cloud computing has quickly surfaced as an important IT initiative as more organisations evaluate alternatives to help manage the pace and growth of their business.
To help accelerate customers’ transition to the cloud, NetApp and VMware announced VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp, a new joint solution that enables organisations to evolve to a secure cloud computing model at their own pace, gaining greater flexibility and efficiency without needing to rip and replace their existing infrastructure.
The solution is documented in a best practices guide and helps customers evolve from a virtualised environment to a secure private, hybrid or public cloud infrastructure using proven, integrated technologies that automate and centrally manage cloud environments, resulting in increased productivity and optimised service levels.
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 and universities, and enterprises to invest resources back into the business so they manage for the future and drive innovation throughout the organisation.
The solution helps customers evolve to the next stage of the virtualisation 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.
The cloud infrastructure 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 virtualised shared IT infrastructures.
This powerful combination enables organisations to transition to the cloud at their own pace, without the need to rip and replace their existing infrastructure. Core features include:
* 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 (applications, organisations, clients, users and business units) on a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure.
NetApp and VMware have a globally staffed, 24/7 direct contact path between the VMware and NetApp support organisations and leverage a Unified Support Lab where support engineers can reproduce customer environments, diagnose issues, and rapidly resolve customer cases.
As customers continue to deploy cloud infrastructure environments, they want to be certain that their technology partners will continue to provide rapid and efficient support. The co-operative support process enables customer problems to be worked to completion in a seamless manner, with technical support engineers communicating directly with each other to resolve issues efficiently.
“As enterprises look for ways to accelerate their businesses, they recognise that the decisions they make now affect not only how they compete today but also how prepared they are for the future,” says Chris Cummings, VP of products and solutions marketing, NetApp.
“For many, there’s substantial upside to evolving from a virtualised environment to a cloud architecture. NetApp and VMware are delivering a secure, integrated solution that allows customers to build on their virtualised environments without having to rip and replace their current IT infrastructures. This saves invaluable time, money, and productivity that they can reinvest back in the business.”
“VMware and NetApp have built a strong relationship to deliver innovative solutions that help customers derive value from existing IT investments while preparing for the data centre of the future,” Gary Green, VP, global strategic alliances, VMware.
“With this new solution, we’re taking another step forward in helping joint customers virtualise more of the IT environment – including their most demanding business-critical applications – to continue building the foundation for cloud computing.”