Software company NetApp has announced new capabilities including 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.
NetApp said that it is offering a unified and consistent hybrid multicloud experience, allowing customers to run and manage a single platform that spans from on-premises to the world’s biggest public clouds.
As enterprises acquire public cloud services to augment their existing on-premises data centres, these combined infrastructures become more disparate, inconsistent and fragmented over time. These multicloud silos are inherently more complex to manage due to dealing with multiple disparate environments.
“As organisations today explore the promise of hybrid multicloud environments, they are keen to avoid complexity, security, and cost efficiency challenges,” said Puneet Gupta, managing director & VP India/SAARC, NetApp India Marketing and Services.
He further said that 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.
Enhancements to NetApp’s hybrid cloud portfolio include hybrid cloud simplicity experience which gives everything "as a service". NetApp simplifies and optimises hybrid cloud environments with new capabilities like the 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, the company said.
In addition to managing and monitoring data storage, protection, governance and tiering across multicloud environments, 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, it said.
"Organizations 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.
Sinclair further mentioned that 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.