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NetApp Drives Fundamental Change in Managing Its IT Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud Strategy

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Transforming Service Delivery

The proliferation of readily available cloud services has changed the way NetApp IT delivers services to the business. The team has adopted a hybrid cloud model using a variety of on-premises and offpremises IT solutions to support the global enterprise.

To make sure that all IT solutions adhere to data privacy, protection, and compliance policies, NetApp IT developed a cloud decision framework to guide application teams through a series of questions and choices based on business needs. As a result, many
noncritical business applications have been moved to nCloud, a pay-as-yougo cloud-based offering that is a selfservice alternative for business users.

Today NetApp IT is expanding its hybrid cloud model with strategic cloud vendors that offer predictable, repeatable solutions that can be readily delivered with the same performance and availability as on-premises alternatives.

The Challenge

Maintaining flexibility and control in the cloud

As NetApp IT’s cloud strategy evolves, the organization must be able to easily switch between cloud instances to maximize opportunities while managing risk. “NetApp requires the ability to seamlessly move between different clouds as our business requirements dictate,” explains Bob Lofton, vice president, IT Foundational Services at NetApp. “Cloud services won’t be the same tomorrow as they are today. We want the flexibility to take advantage of better pricing, new partnerships, and whatever else the
future brings.”

As application lifecycle events allow, NetApp IT is moving business-critical applications into the cloud. Because these applications support critical business functions and store intellectual property and other sensitive data, NetApp IT wanted an alternative to using native storage from enterprise or hyperscale cloud service providers. “For certain applications, we need to have complete control of the data, down to the bits on the disks,” says Lofton.

“Data privacy laws are strict worldwide, and in many cases we can’t just turn over
our data to someone else to manage.” NetApp also wanted maximum application
availability. By having the disaster recovery environment positioned as data-ready  using NetApp Private Storage next to a cloud service provider, and being able to spin up and connect cloud compute in very short periods of time, the team is able to decrease cost while improving recovery response capabilities.

The Solution

Hybrid cloud with private storage

When NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Cloud became available, Lofton and his team recognized an opportunity to expand the nCloud services. By storing data on NetApp FAS storage systems hosted in Equinix data centers, and connecting to cloud service providers,
NPS offers both flexibility and privacy without sacrificing performance. Continue reading on