NetApp teams up with VMware to help businesses migrate enterprise workloads

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NetApp has announced the general availability of Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP with VMware Cloud on AWS.

The offering is the first native AWS cloud storage certified and supported as a supplemental datastore for VMware Cloud on Amazon’s storage platform.

The solution provides fully managed shared storage on AWS, complete with the data access and management capabilities of ONTAP. It enables organizations to migrate applications and run them on AWS, with ONTAP’s enterprise-grade storage workflows and data management capabilities, regardless of on-premises storage provider.

NetApp says this will allow businesses to scale cloud storage independent of cloud compute, deploy new modern applications at speed, as well as maximize the value of existing IT investments. Organizations will also be able to access the ONTAP’s rich data management, protection, and efficiency perks.

“VMware customers running on NetApp or non-NetApp storage on premises can now access the enterprise-class public cloud storage services and features of ONTAP, all running on AWS, as the first certified and supported supplemental datastore to VMware Cloud on AWS,” announced Phil Brotherton, Vice President of Solutions & Alliances at NetApp.

The offering is designed to enable businesses to migrate data-demanding, on-premises vSphere-based workloads with NetApp or non-NetApp storage with reduced complexity, as well as scale VMware cloud compute independent of cloud storage to help optimise cost.


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For partners, NetApp and VMware say they will be able to unlock new business for hybrid and cloud-native workloads, expand their cloud services, as well as reduce risk for clients.

“The majority of enterprises today run workloads on a VMware platform,” said Narayan Bharadwaj, Vice President, Cloud Solutions at VMware. “Whether that is on premises or in VMware Cloud on AWS, they want to be able to leverage consistency in operations and architecture.

“AWS, NetApp and VMware are giving customers the flexibility to buy and configure cloud storage independent of compute to meet the needs of a wide variety of enterprise applications.”

Daniel Todd

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