How to Manage a Multi-Vendor Strategy

By Ingo Fuchs, Senior Manager Solutions Marketing Data ONTAP, NetApp


A typical strategy organizations are deploying to mitigate risks associated with single vendor lock-in is commonly referred to as “multi-vendor” or “dual-vendor” strategy. While this means flexibility for the customer, it traditionally has meant complexity in managing several software vendors at once.


For enterprises and service providers who are managing their virtualized and cloud environments, they need a solution that enables storage cost management, rationalization and optimization of storage services. In addition, they demand guaranteed service availability, through analysis of storage allocation, chargeback for applications and tenants, performance and configuration troubleshooting, and highlighted risks to ensure infrastructure availability across all their multi-storage vendors and their platforms. Last week, NetApp released Insight 7.0 – a new web interface focused on user experience while providing a highly scalable architecture to track small to extremely large environments delivering visibility into how applications map to their infrastructure, the impact of changes, redundancy, bottlenecks and workload placement, which better determines utilization and/or further purchasing. With NetApp Insight 7.0, customers now have advanced analytics which provides accurate cost and usage information along with detailed reports on a customer’s heterogeneous environment. Service providers can leverage the chargeback reports to view each customer, their applications, VMs, VM costs, actual capacity by gigabyte, the type of service, and the service cost.


Moving to a virtualized and cloud environment means adopting multiple resources that span private and public clouds. Customers don’t want a collection of discrete resources – NetApp is giving them the ability to manage the entire environment from a single purview.