NetApp Debuts New Cloud Computing Management Tools

By Larry Barrett (Send Email)
Posted Mar 4, 2010


NetApp this week unveiled a series of new design guides and management tools to help service providers build private and public clouds for their virtualization and storage customers. New design guides and services are being aimed at service providers looking for faster and less-expensive ways to help enterprise customers build and manage both private and public cloud computing environments.

Company officials said the new offerings will fulfill the dual role of delivering cloud-management applications and services to their enterprise clients while also increasing functionality, security and efficiency for IT service providers building cloud environments for their own customers.

"NetApp has a proven track record of successfully teaming with leading service providers to power their cloud service offerings," Patrick Rogers, NetApp's (NASDAQ: NTAP) vice president of solutions and alliances, said in a statement. "Our strategy in this space is to enable the success of our solution partners, not compete with them, and through them provide a broad and open set of industry cloud services for enterprise IT customers."

The company's new Service-Oriented Infrastructure (SOI) will give service providers a standardized and unified infrastructure that allows them to use and deploy storage, bandwidth and compute resources in a repeatable manner to give IT administrators greater flexibility throughout the cloud deployment process.

Its Data Protection-as-a-Service (DPaas) offering serves as a roadmap or design guide for organizing archiving and disaster recovery applications and processes. It includes NetApp's FlexClone app for disaster recovery testing as well its SnapLock and Multistore applications for compliance and secure multi-tenancy, respectively.

NetApp also has teamed with on-demand backup and recovery software vendor Asigra on a Backup/Recovery-as-a-Service (BRaaS) offering that runs on the NetApp SOI platform to secure and storage huge data reservoirs in the cloud.

Finally, its NetApp Open Management tool will now enable service providers to link their IT service management and orchestration portals to NetApp's storage automation engine for simplified storage provisioning and protection services.

"With NetApp's open management capabilities, we are able to seamlessly integrate our Business Service Management platform with NetApp's storage solutions," Scott Fulton, BMC Software's general manager of service automation, said in a statement.

NetApp in December announced a comprehensive cloud-computing partnership with Microsoft designed to improve the technical integration between the two companies' cloud computing, virtualization and data storage and management applications.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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