NetApp has announced the latest version of its ONTAP software, which powers data services on-premises and in the cloud. The company also unveiled a slew of portfolio updates that use ONTAP to provide a flexible foundation for hybrid cloud, unify data management across on-premises and cloud environments, while making hybrid cloud consumption and operation easier.

“A hybrid cloud strategy is critical to ensuring organizations can keep pace with the growth and complexity of distributed data and applications, thrive in the face of uncertainty and compete effectively in the digital economy,” said Kim Stevenson, senior vice president and general manager, foundational data services business unit at NetApp. “NetApp specializes in helping enterprises at every phase in their digital transformation journeys to implement hybrid cloud strategies and technologies that will help keep them ahead of the curve.”

The latest enhancements to NetApp’s hybrid cloud portfolio and ONTAP data services include:

Flexible Foundations for Hybrid Cloud

To support hybrid cloud operations, businesses would need to upgrade their IT environments, says NetApp. To better serve them, NetApp is changing its foundational solutions:

  • FlexPod – The new version of NetApp and Cisco’s globally trusted convergent infrastructure platform delivers a stronger basis for hybrid cloud, allowing you to run and manage all of your modern workloads. Intelligent application placement on-premises and in the cloud, automated hybrid cloud data workflows, and the option to consume FlexPod as a fully managed, cloud-like service are among the new features.
  • NetApp StorageGRID – NetApp’s highly scalable object store now provides data encryption via external key management, compliance and ransomware protection with S3 object locks, and improved performance via intelligent load balancing in version 11.5 of the product.

Unified Data Management Across Hybrid Cloud Environments

In hybrid cloud systems, managing data and applications may be highly difficult; businesses would benefit from a straightforward, standardized approach. To make things easier, NetApp centralizes data administration throughout the hybrid cloud. Application migration, disaster recovery, data protection, governance, and compliance are all made easier with NetApp Cloud Manager and expanded multicloud management services. Clients can also manage, secure, and migrate stateful applications in Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and even on-premises with NetApp Astra, an application-aware data service for Kubernetes.

Cloud-Like Financial Flexibility and Operational Simplicity

Photo Royce Thomas, senior vice president, strategic alliances and global account management at Equinix
“With this offering, global businesses can host their data adjacent to the cloud and utilize Equinix Fabric to connect to service providers,” said Royce Thomas, senior vice president, strategic alliances and global account management at Equinix.

Organizations desire the same financial and operational elasticity that the cloud provides in their data center, as well as the ability to easily and securely migrate and manage workloads across hybrid and public cloud environments. Clients can deploy Keystone data services in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) for low-latency access to different clouds without having to relocate their data to the cloud, thanks to the new NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription at Equinix. Equinix’s Keystone Flex Subscription is offered by NetApp as a single subscription.

NetApp’s Keystone Flex Subscription at Equinix uniquely provides a flexible, on-demand storage alternative to traditional capex infrastructure investments,” said Royce Thomas, senior vice president, strategic alliances and global account management at Equinix. “With this offering, global businesses can host their data adjacent to the cloud and utilize Equinix Fabric to connect to service providers, taking advantage of centralized hybrid cloud data management across all major public clouds.”

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