2022 Press Releases

June 08, 2022

NetApp Simplifies Hybrid Cloud Operations and Helps Accelerate VMware Workload Transitions to the Cloud

NetApp®, a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, announced continued innovations and solutions to provide enterprises with more simplicity, more security and more flexibility for their hybrid multicloud environments.

These new capabilities include improved ransomware protection, hybrid cloud storage in a single subscription, unified management in a single user interface, and close collaboration with VMware to help transition workloads to the cloud.

As companies buy public cloud services to supplement their on-premises data centres, their combined infrastructures become more distant, unreliable, and fragmented. Because they are dealing with numerous distinct environments, multicloud silos are naturally more difficult to govern.

NetApp now offers a unified and consistent hybrid multicloud experience, allowing users to run and manage a single platform that spans on-premises and the world's most popular public clouds.

“As organisations today explore the promise of hybrid multicloud environments, they are keen to avoid complexity, security, and cost efficiency challenges,” said Ronen Schwartz, senior vice president, Cloud Volumes Service at NetApp. “With NetApp’s simplified management and consumption experience, organisations can enjoy improved security, manageability, speed of operations, and cost savings - ultimately allowing them to be more responsive to the growing needs of their business by delivering capabilities faster, and keeping data available and protected no matter where it lives.”

Simple, secure, and flexible enhancements to NetApp’s hybrid cloud portfolio include:

Industry-Leading Hybrid Cloud Simplicity Experience – 
By delivering everything "as a service," NetApp simplifies and optimises hybrid cloud environments with new capabilities, including:

  • Hybrid cloud Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) in a single, flexible subscription with Keystone. Organisations can flexibly move workloads to and from the cloud in a single contract.

  • Cloud Manager can now manage Keystone services, track software licences, monitor infrastructure health, and provide proactive recommendations that optimise costs and data protection with automated actions, in addition to managing and monitoring data storage, protection, governance, and tiering across multicloud environments.

"Organisations today are looking for flexibility both on-premises as well as across cloud providers and are investing in as-a-service consumption models to help achieve this," said Scott Sinclair, practice director at ESG. "NetApp's approach with Keystone is targeted at that need; offering hybrid cloud simplicity and flexibility that allows users to accelerate their IT objectives with management, orchestration, and billing wrapped into a single subscription and experience. Keystone's transferable subscription model also supports future cloud migration planning to any major cloud provider, with enterprise-level storage capability and integrated data protection."

Cyber Resilience for Today’s Hybrid Cloud –
The rise of ransomware over the past few years is a growing problem for enterprises. IDC’s 2021 Ransomware Study: Where You Are Matters! found that more than one third of organisations worldwide have experienced a ransomware attack or breach that blocked access to systems or data in the 12 months prior.

Organisations may limit unauthorised user access and threats to data from ransomware attacks using NetApp's new, robust, built-in cyber resilience features, including anti-ransomware, data protection, and security. Customers can safeguard a variety of workloads, business apps, virtualised workloads, and modern containerised applications from security breaches, detect attacks promptly, and recover data swiftly without affecting operations.

Accelerating Enterprise Cloud Transformation –
Customers can "modernise to the cloud" with NetApp's supplemental datastore for data-intensive, storage-intensive workloads running in a single or multicloud environment. NetApp is the only cloud storage supplier to be certified and supported as an external supplemental datastore for VMware Cloud setups in the largest public clouds.

“Organisations across all industries rely on the combination of VMware and NetApp as the platform of choice for delivering business-critical workloads,” said Narayan Bharadwaj, vice president of Cloud Solutions at VMware. “NetApp is now able to deliver the same levels of enterprise-class data management that our mutual customers have enjoyed for decades on-premises to workloads running in any of the major public clouds.”