By Nick Triantos, Senior Director, Mobile Solutions
This post was originally posted on Mobile Mecca.
Today we are proud to make our first official announcement from the Mobile Information Management Team at NetApp (formerly ionGrid), but I’ll get to that later.
Before I talk about what we are announcing today, I think it’s important to discuss why it made sense for NetApp to acquire ionGrid. Though short, my time at NetApp has shed a lot of light on NetApp’s mobile strategy and decision on why they chose us. As is no surprise to those of us who have worked in amazing companies, it all starts with our customers.
Mobile data access is a “hair on fire problem” for customers, consistently heard as a top 3 issue for IT departments. IT’s main challenges are providing secure access to corporate data from mobile, controlling data leakage and violation of compliance rules, and stopping use of non-secure consumer grade solutions. In the end, this means that in order to increase remote worker productivity and realize the value of the connected, global enterprise, businesses today require enterprise solutions that enable the best consumer mobile experience combined with enterprise governance of data. Three months ago, NetApp decided to leverage Clustered Data ONTAP and its foundation for non-disruptive access to data with ionGrid’s mobile products and spectacular end user experience and put the acquisition into progress.
As a result of our combined knowledge, NetApp understands the needs of customers to connect their people, devices and data, and has a strategic focus on meeting the requirements of highly mobile, connected enterprises. Enabling mobile users starts with a reliable and scalable architecture – customers running NetApp storage benefit from non-disruptive operations, improved operational efficiency, and the ability to add or change workloads rapidly. As the foundation for non-disruptive operations, clustered Data ONTAP provides always-on access to secure data regardless of the device. Fun stuff if you ask me, but it gets better.
Today we announce the product that puts into motion everything I’ve just described, NetApp Connect. I’m sure your curious about what NetApp Connect is and how you can get it, but a blog post is by no means the appropriate avenue to deliver all those details. I would, however, like to highlight from a business perspective NetApp Connect’s key benefits.
NetApp Connect provides mobile access with secure data protection
Offers an instant and effortless user experience
Is an efficient and easy to manage solution for IT
I hope you are as excited as we are for what’s to come. Keep up with the blog for more insights and perspectives into mobile.