SINGAPORE – Media
OutReach – 21 October 2021 – Today at INSIGHT 2021, NetApp® (NASDAQ: NTAP), a global,
cloud-led, data-centric software company, announced continued growth and
momentum from helping organizations unlock the best of cloud at less cost,
through its collaboration with the world's three largest public clouds.
NetApp's expansion in the cloud has been driven by customers and
supported by these partnerships, accelerating NetApp's public cloud services'
customer and financial growth by bringing its leading CloudOps and ITOps
solutions to existing and new addressable customers. Furthering its investment
in the cloud, NetApp acquired Data Mechanics in early fiscal year
(FY)'22, and this month announced the intent to acquire CloudCheckr to bolster the Spot by NetApp portfolio's existing
continuous cloud optimization capabilities.
This growth, driven by NetApp's ONTAP data management
software, which provides high-performance shared storage for file and block
workloads, has propelled the native integration of NetApp's cloud file services
into each of the major public clouds.
"The three largest public clouds in the world are choosing NetApp,
because customers are choosing ONTAP," said Anthony Lye, Executive Vice
President and General Manager, Public Cloud Services, NetApp. "Our strategy has
positioned ONTAP as the native shared storage solution with rich data services
inside the three public clouds. Now, our public cloud partners provide
customers with the simplest path to the cloud and allow them to derive the most
value from their data and applications."
"The completeness of NetApp's offering,
combined with the ability to address a very broad set of storage use cases
beyond cloud file storage, and the availability as a tier 1 offering both on
AWS and Azure, makes it a compelling choice," said Enrico Signoretti, Senior
Data Storage Analyst, GigaOm.
NetApp has partnered with Microsoft for nearly 30 years. In 2021, Microsoft
recognized NetApp as the global Customer Experience Partner of the Year, and the U.S. SAP on Azure Partner of the Year. In the last 12 months,
NetApp has more than tripled the number of co-sells offered on the Azure
Marketplace, making it easy for Azure customers to consume NetApp's leading
Since its general availability in 2019, Azure NetApp Files (ANF), a fully managed,
first-party service sold, billed, and supported by Microsoft in more than 35
regions globally, is the first and only shared file service certified for use
with SAP HANA. Recent innovations with Azure include the general availability
of Azure Cross Region Replication, public preview of Azure NetApp Files Backup to preserve storage
efficiencies, and of Spot PC for secure, optimized Azure Virtual Desktop-based Cloud PC
"Alongside NetApp, we have worked with ANF customers to
successfully migrate and run some of their largest and most important ONTAP
production workloads, enabling the most demanding applications with performance
and scale that meets or beats what they get on-premises," said Jurgen Willis,
Vice President, Product Management, Microsoft Azure Storage.
"With ANF we get scalability and flexibility, which is important
for businesses to run and have a faster time-to-market for their products,"
said Lalit Patel, Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Cloud Services, SAP. "We
are able to deploy environments almost 30 to 40 percent faster and reduce the
number of outages by 80 percent because of the stability that ANF provides."
NetApp and Google Cloud began collaborating in 2018,
introduced NetApp Cloud Volumes Service (CVS) for
Google Cloud in 2019, and launched NetApp Astra with support for
Google Cloud in 2020. Earlier this month, Google announced that NetApp would
serve as the primary data and storage vendor for its new Google Distributed
Cloud Hosted offering and introduced the integration of Google Cloud VMware Engine with NetApp
Cloud Volumes Service support for VM datastores – a fully managed service that
helps organizations meet their need for virtual workload storage and disaster
"Our partnership with NetApp continues to grow, rolling out new
capabilities that will make it easier and more cost-effective to deliver
enterprise workloads on Google Cloud and bringing customers even more
flexibility across hybrid and cloud deployments," said Bronwyn Hastings, Vice
President, Global Technology Partnerships, Google Cloud.
"With NetApp's deep integrations with Google Cloud, we're reaping
all of the benefits of the cloud as a service, with configurations preset,
elasticity built-in and disaster recovery capabilities in place within five
minutes," said Tom Gentry, Technologist, Gunpowder. "By making the technology
challenges disappear for these studios, we're able to deliver the high
performance our customers need anywhere in the world."
Additionally, Spot by NetApp and Google Cloud have partnered to
help companies take full advantage of the recently announced Google Spot VMs. With this, Google Cloud
customers can continuously optimize performance, availability, and cost with
Spot by NetApp for cloud cost savings, without the risk of service
GigaOm, Radar for Cloud File Systems, September 22, 2021