NetApp’s presence in the cloud will increase, thanks to a recently announced partnership with Verizon. In an article on crn.com, writer Joseph F. Kovar says that NetApp customers will be able to access NetApp Data ONTAP as a virtual storage appliance on the Verizon cloud, giving them the same management capabilities and features they currently have with their on-premise NetApp hardware.
Because the Data ONTAP-based virtual appliance uses the same ONTAP found in NetApp’s physical appliances, says John Considine, CTO for Verizon Terremark, Verizon clients “can connect their cloud storage to their physical storage. They can do snapshots, replication, archiving, anything they do in their data centers, all managed with the same pane of glass.”
Industry experts commended the partnership. John Woodall, vice president of engineering at Integrated Archive Systems, a long-time NetApp partner, drew an analogy between NetApp’s increasing pervasiveness and the “Intel Inside” campaign: “This is becoming ‘NetApp Everywhere,’” he said. “NetApp ONTAP is the most common storage operating system in the world. The partnership with Verizon Cloud is another way to leverage that technology to extend data center management services from the data center to the cloud.”
Currently in beta, the Verizon Cloud is scheduled to go into production sometime in 2014. The NetApp Data ONTAP virtual storage appliance is expected to go live at the same time, according to Verizon Terremark’s Considine.
New Cloud-Based Data Protection for NetApp Storage
In other industry news, Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider Artisan Infrastructure and Arrow Electronics recently unveiled a cloud-based data protection service for NetApp customers. John Austin of Arrow Electronics, in an article on crn.com, says the service primarily targets hardware-focused solution providers “who are struggling … to figure out how to get into the cloud and subscription business.”
“We are working with Arrow to help VARs stay viable as customers move to cloud services,” said Brian Hierholzer, CEO of Artisan. Solution providers partnering with NetApp and Arrow can now leverage Artisan’s cloud storage to offer customers data protection via the same NetApp tools they already use, Hierholzer said.