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NetApp and VMware extend global alliance with new initiatives

NetApp and VMware have announced the expansion of the companies longstanding global alliance. Through solutions and go-to-market initiatives, NetApp and VMware are focused on helping customers reduce the cost, complexity and risk of migrating and modernising enterprise-class workloads in multi-cloud environments.

In addition, organisations can accelerate the performance and delivery of both traditional and new modern applications, and simplify daily operations through new integrations between VMware and NetApp data management infrastructure.

The NetApp and VMware partnership is built on the foundation of shared experience supporting 20,000 mutual customers over more than 20 years. NetApp is a consistent VMware strategic design partner for current and future VMware Cloud offerings including VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud Foundation and several VMware Cross-Cloud services.

NetApp and VMware are helping customers to effectively manage, share and protect their hybrid and multi-cloud environments by collaborating on customer-driven co-engineering to offer innovative solutions across an ever-changing technology landscape.

George Kurian, Chief Executive Officer NetApp, says, “Customers today are faced with complex challenges to optimise their current IT investments while laying a path forward to modernise and accelerate their business. Together, NetApp and VMware have helped thousands of customers solve their multi-cloud challenges by effectively managing their enterprise workloads in any environment.

"By delivering powerful new solutions that help companies optimise their virtual data centres, modernise their applications, and provide cost-efficient, enterprise-class data management services to VMware Cloud, we can meet customers anywhere they are on their cloud journey.

Raghu Raghuram, Chief Executive Officer VMware, comments, “At this stage it's clear: Multi-cloud is the model we're going to rely on for many years to come. It is the de facto operating model for the digital era, giving customers the freedom required to build, deploy, and manage applications in the way that best suits their business requirements.

"Together, VMware and NetApp offer businesses the multi-cloud flexibility and choice they need to leverage the best innovations in any cloud environment.

The renewed partnership between NetApp and VMware addresses these challenges through focusing on three major customer-driven initiatives:

Cost-effective and seamless migration to multi-cloud

NetApp and VMware are currently innovating together across the worlds three largest public cloud providers to certify and support VMware Cloud and NetApp Cloud Services. This helps customers running on VMware utilising either NetApp or non-NetApp storage environments on-premises to migrate, extend or protect data-demanding enterprise workloads and files to the cloud with reduced cost and risk.

Customers can now right-size their cloud compute and storage architectures to reduce and control the costs of running data-demanding workloads in the cloud at scale, while also avoiding the costs of refactoring applications from on-premises into the cloud.

NetApp and VMware have taken their decades of experience in managing enterprise workloads in the data centre to deliver fully certified, integrated and supported solutions that bring these same benefits to customers leveraging the public cloud, all built on a trusted workload and data management foundation.

Accelerate modernised applications using kubernetes/containers

VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu allows IT to manage virtual machines and orchestrate containers from one unified platform. VMware Tanzu and VMware Cloud Foundation support the use of NetApp ONTAP-based storage arrays, providing customers the ability to seamlessly build out a flexible data fabric for traditional VMs and modern, containerised applications.

For Kubernetes workloads, NetApp is a design partner with VMware Tanzu container-native storage integrating Astra Control with VMware Tanzu for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) deployments.

Customers can now simplify and accelerate new modern application development and deployment alongside traditional virtualised workloads using enterprise-scale, high-performance and protected solutions that are jointly validated and supported, the companies state.

Optimise the data centre through modernised infrastructure

NetApp is a VMware co-design partner with vSphere and vVols for new and expanded support of key technologies from NetApp file and block storage platforms. This includes new certification and support to enable the use of vVols with NVMe-oF to allow enhanced block storage flash performance and more granular VM storage management over multiple types of network transports from FC, ethernet, and standard TCP/IP networks.

This also includes new integration to enhance the availability and security of running virtualised workloads across NFS 4.1 environments. Customers can now unlock more performance for traditional virtualised workloads leveraging existing infrastructure investments while simplifying daily IT operations through jointly validated and supported solutions.

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