NetApp IT’s goal in the cloud was straightforward: develop and deploy software without hardware constraints, serve business applications on-demand, and downsize their data center footprint. Along with those capabilities NetApp IT was looking to gain, they were also well aware of the barriers they would face adopting public cloud infrastructure. Cost was a significant factor, with cloud operations projected to be more expensive compared to the capitalized data centers NetApp was using that had a lower total cost of ownership.
“Public cloud was simply cost prohibitive compared with what we could do in our private cloud,” said Michael Morris, senior director of IT Platform, Cloud and Infrastructure Services. “We wanted a way to get public cloud costs competitive with our private cloud costs.”