Guest post by Maria Olson, Vice President Global Alliances at NetApp
IT models are changing. CIOs are fast becoming brokers of information services that make IT faster, cheaper, and smarter versus builders of applications and operators of data centers. Virtualizing business-critical applications, moving to the cloud – whether private, public or hybrid implementations, and enabling mobile workforces with secure, compliant access are all significant aspects of this IT evolution. This can be a challenging road for CIOs. Choosing the best technologies and the right service delivery models for your business is no easy task. But any organization seeking increased IT agility can benefit greatly from NetApp's partnership with VMware.
For over a decade, NetApp and VMware have worked together to bring innovative joint solutions to market. These solutions enable a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) approach where services are delivered by software – on demand to simplify and automate IT operations. And we continue to innovate together as represented by our recently announced integrations with the latest versions of VMware virtual environments and clustered Data ONTAP that enable non-disruptive operations, simplified management, and acceleration of business services. Our unique portfolio of solutions includes integrations with vCenter, vCloud Suite and Horizon Suite accelerate the deployment of software-defined storage (SDS) within an SDDC that enable our customers to efficiently deliver new services with maximum application uptime and uninterrupted business operations.
With over 40,000 joint customers and 1,000 mutual channel partners, the NetApp and VMware relationship goes far beyond integrations. Our engineering-level collaboration is integral to our partnership and ensures that NetApp and VMware solutions effectively integrate with and complement one another. The value to our customers is increased by our product certifications that prove our products are optimized for any organization that builds a virtual environment on VMware technology. All of this is supported by our joint virtual escalation team staffed by a team of highly skilled NetApp and VMware support engineers ensuring customers receive the highest quality technical support.
Just look at what some of our joint customers have been able to achieve:
Cirrity – Delivers same-day cloud services supported by a powerful, secure, and scalable IT infrastructure; offers a 100% uptime SLA.
Sayers – Delivers 100% uptime while saving $500,000 on cloud infrastructure.
In fact, over 60% of NetApp customers are running NetApp-VMware joint solutions, 50% of Clustered Data ONTAP installs connect to VMware vSphere NetApp and VMware will continue to strategically develop innovative joint solutions that solve customer challenges and transform IT to a platform for business agility.