Thursday, 19 February 2015 17:17

NetApp adds Azure to hybrid hook-up list


NetApp now supports Microsoft Azure as well as Amazon Web Services and Softlayer storage for hybrid clouds.

NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Microsoft Azure allows the use of on-premises storage together with Azure for hybrid cloud deployments.

According to NetApp, NPS for Azure combines dedicated enterprise storage with the elasticity and savings of Azure, via a secure, high-speed, low-latency connection when installed at an Equinix co-location facility. The ExpressRoute direct connection to Azure has been demonstrated to provide 36% better performance than a VPN over public Internet connections.

NPS is said to be suitable for enterprise workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and SAP.

The data stays under the customer's control and performance is similar to on-premises arrangements, while reaping the cost savings and elasticity benefits of Azure.

When cloudbursting, NPS allows the use of Azure compute resources while maintaining data control on the NetApp platform. NPS also supports the use of Azure in disaster recovery situations.

NetApp's dedicated proof-of-concept lab connects to multiple cloud providers including Azure and AWS for customer trials. The company also has three Australian hybrid cloud experts who can provide local knowledge and implementation tips.

In related news, NetApp recently acquired SteelStore, which will allow the company to offer its enterprise customers cloud-integrated storage for securely and efficiently backing up data to both private and public cloud environments.

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