VMware and NetApp: Making Private Cloud a Reality

By Kristina Brand, NetApp Sr. Product Marketing Manager

NetApp cloud solution architects continue to partner with VMware architects to build solutions for today’s private and hybrid cloud environments. So what did we see at VMworld this year? This year we were proud to demonstrate the latest integration efforts from our cloud solution architects who continue to focus on delivering solutions that meet the demands of today’s most competitive businesses.

Today, many businesses have reached an acceptable point in virtualizing their infrastructure and are beginning to look at implementing a private cloud with self-service further to improve operational efficiency and savings.

NetApp delivers proven storage management and integrations solutions that provide customers with the following capabilities:

  • Autonomy for application owners to deploy new applications and services instantly and respond quickly to shifts in demand.
  • Dynamic storage provisioning based on priorities and service levels so resources can be assigned and reassigned based on the needs of the user or the application.
  • Policy based automation so that storage to be deployed using policy-based security and delegation.
  • Deployment on the platform of choice with clustered Data ONTAP®, FlexArray, and Data ONTAP Edge.
  • Service delivery without compromise using Data ONTAP and programmable APIs, and OnCommand® Workflow Automation, which supports integration with VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud® suite.

I’d like to focus on one critical component for successfully deploying a private cloud environment—policy-based automation and orchestration across the data center.  This is the area in which our cloud automation architects are laser focused. They have successfully created numerous cloud deployments for various business needs using NetApp OnCommand Workflow Automation, NetApp OnCommand Unified Manager, VMware vSphere, vCenter VMware Orchestrator, and VMware vCloud Automation Center. Here is just one example of a private cloud deployment with a self service portal at the vCloud Automation Center layer.

In the scenario above, the consumer requests their new cloud services, which are then provisioned instantly according to defined policies and service levels.


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