NetApp Teams with Amazon Web Services for New Cloud Products
NetApp and Amazon Web Services (AWS), once competitors in the cloud product arena, team up to produce new storage products. The products offer a hybrid cloud environment that can benefit users.
Partnership of NetApp and Amazon Web Services
NetApp is a powerhouse company that offers private storage worldwide. While AWS also provides cloud services, it meets public storage needs rather than private ones.
The partnership between the two companies was unveiled at the November Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference, according to Larry Dignan on ZDNet. Avnet, a major distributor for NetApp, creates the joint gear.
Benefits for Businesses That Use the Hybrid Cloud Products
Businesses that choose to use the hybrid product have NetApp services in-house, which connect to an AWS certified facility. Companies are able to implement the products if they use channel partners that support both sides, writes Dignan in the ZDNet article. The products are bidirectional.
For businesses that currently use only NetApp, the link to AWS means public storage becomes available in one linkable convenient product. As well, a major hybrid benefit is higher security for the publicly held data than in a typical work environment. While many IT professionals argue the public cloud has privacy issues, the joint product provides high levels of control for critical and sensitive company data.
While control level of the hybrid cloud environment rises close to a completely private cloud storage environment, hybrid storage is still safest when a business has an appropriate encryption system. IT staff at the company can create a data encryption key management policy to keep security tight and keep data confidential. If a policy already exists, the company may need to alter it to best suit the NetApp-AWS products.
Another advantage of using the hybrid products are that companies can experiment with AWS services. A lot of new equipment is not necessary, other than a router and IT staff that can configure it properly. Costs are minimal, while companies gain many advantages for storage.
The products roll out first to the US. They will then launch in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.