By Phil Brotherton, VP and GM, Microsoft Business Unit at NetApp
It’s a big day for everyone at NetApp as Microsoft has named us their Server Platform Partner of the Year. This award, chosen by Microsoft judges, recognizes a Microsoft partner that has excelled in delivering solutions that enable customers to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructures, save time and reduce costs, and provide an IT platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center – and NetApp delivered! NetApp was awarded for its support of Windows Server 2012 through its innovative storage solutions that enable nondisruptive operations and deliver optimal operational efficiency for virtualized environments and file services.
This recognition reinforces Microsoft and NetApp's shared vision that virtualization, server and storage technologies will enable new levels of IT automation and simplified management for enterprise storage infrastructure and private cloud environments. Together, Microsoft and NetApp are making this vision a tried and tested reality for our customers through our work to integrate NetApp’s clustered Data ONTAP storage software with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 operating system.
A customer implementation that highlights the power of our joint technologies is a global financial institution that was looking to build a private cloud to achieve greater IT agility to develop and run banking applications. They selected NetApp and Microsoft virtualization, management and automation technologies and have achieved incredible business results, with improved operational efficiency, cost reduction and always-on access to their data and apps. Now, NetApp and Microsoft are working on taking our joint solution to higher levels of scale, automation, and cost efficiency on the next generation of Microsoft and NetApp technologies. It’s just amazing the business results that customers have already experienced using Microsoft and NetApp joint solutions and it’s an honor that Microsoft has recognized this too by awarding us with the Server Platform Partner of the Year Award.
This recognition is the latest of several awards that NetApp has received from Microsoft, including Private Cloud Partner of the Year in 2012 and Storage Partner of the Year in 2009. The recurring acknowledgement by Microsoft is a testament to NetApp's long history of aligning efforts with Microsoft and our commitment to the partnership and continual innovation. We thank Microsoft for selecting NetApp as their Server Platform Partner of the Year for 2013 and for all the support they provide us and our customers. We look forward to continuing our collaboration in the years to come.
To read a full list of Microsoft winners and finalists of the 2013 Partner of the Year awards, visit the announcement.