New ONTAP Version of NetApp Improves User Experience in Hybrid Cloud

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NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), the global cloud and data – driven software provider, introduces a new version of its ONTAP software that supports data services on-premises and in the cloud. Further innovations in NetApp’s portfolio create a flexible basis for the hybrid cloud based on ONTAP , unify data management in on-premises and cloud environments and simplify the use and operation of hybrid cloud services. As the only provider of hybrid cloud solutions that offers native integration with the leading public cloud offerings, NetApp unifies the management of on-premises and public environments, expands the possibilities of using data services and provides new operating routines. This makes it easier for companies to use your data wherever and whenever they need it.

New ONTAP software and hybrid cloud portfolio enhancements reduce costs and complexity. The new features enable easy data management across all on-premises and public cloud environments.

Extensions to the hybrid cloud portfolio and ONTAP data services include:

Flexible foundations for the Hybrid Cloud

Organizations need to modernize their IT environments to enable hybrid cloud operations. NetApp supports you with these new features:

  • FlexPod: The next generation of NetApp and Cisco’s proven converged infrastructure platform provides an improved foundation for the hybrid cloud with the flexibility to run and manage all modern workloads. New features include smart application placement on-premises and in the cloud, automated data workflows for the hybrid cloud, and the ability to source FlexPod as a fully managed, cloud-like service.
  • NetApp StorageGRID: Version 11.5 of NetApp’s highly scalable object storage now supports data encryption with external key management, provides compliance and ransomware protection with S3 Object Lock, and boosts performance with intelligent load balancing.
  • Simple and unified data management across the entire hybrid cloud infrastructure: Managing data and applications in hybrid cloud environments can be a major challenge. Companies therefore need a simple, standardized approach. For this reason, NetApp centralizes data management in the hybrid cloud. NetApp Cloud Manager and advanced multi-cloud management services automate ONTAP’s data services to simplify application migration, disaster recovery, data protection, governance, and compliance. In addition, NetApp Astra, an application-specific data service for Kubernetes, enables the management, protection and migration of stateful applications in the Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure-and now also on – premises.
  • Financial flexibility and easy operation like in the cloud: Companies want the financial and operational elasticity of the cloud for their own data center. You want to move and manage workloads easily and securely across hybrid and public cloud environments. Equinix’s new NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription gives customers the ability to implement Keystone’s data services in the Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) to access multiple clouds with low latency, without having to move their data to the cloud. NetApp provides the Keystone Flex Subscription to Equinix as a single subscription.

“NetApp’s Keystone Flex subscription at Equinix provides on-demand storage as a flexible alternative to traditional infrastructure investment spending,” says Royce Thomas, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Global Account Management at Equinix. “With this offering, global organizations can host their data near the cloud and connect it to service providers via Equinix Fabric. Your advantage is centralized hybrid cloud data management across all major public clouds.“

Kim Stevenson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Foundational Data Services Business Unit at NetApp

“A hybrid cloud strategy is critical to enable organizations to keep pace with the growth and complexity of widely dispersed data and applications, grow in the face of uncertainty, and compete successfully,” adds Kim Stevenson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Foundational Data Services Business Unit at NetApp. “NetApp specializes in helping organizations implement hybrid cloud strategies and technologies at every stage of their digital transformation. This keeps you ahead of your time.“

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