New Joint Cloud Solution Allows Customers to Invest Resources Back into the Business to Drive Innovation and Manage for the Future

SUNNYVALE and LAS VEGAS, Nev.-August29, 2011 –Cloud computing has quickly surfaced as animportant IT initiative as more organizations evaluate alternativesto help manage the pace and growth of their business. To helpaccelerate customers’ transition to the cloud, today atVMworld® 2011, NetApp and VMware announced VMware cloudinfrastructure and management on NetApp®, a new joint solutionthat enables organizations to evolve to a secure cloud computing model at their own pace, gaining greater flexibility and efficiencywithout needing to rip and replace their existinginfrastructure.


News Highlights


  • The solution is documented in a best practices guide and helpscustomers evolve from a virtualized environment to a secureprivate, hybrid or public cloud infrastructure using proven,integrated technologies that automate and centrally manage cloudenvironments, resulting in increased productivity and optimizedservice levels.
  • VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp simplifiesthe transition to a standardized, automated service-delivery modelthat scales with the business, allowing service providers,government agencies and universities, and enterprises to investresources back into the business so they manage for the future anddrive innovation throughout the organization.
  • The solution helps customers evolve to the next stage of thevirtualization journey by creating a secure cloud infrastructureusing proven, integrated technologies that automate and centrallymanage cloud environments, resulting in increased productivity andoptimized service levels.
  • The cloud infrastructure solution combines NetApp’s flexibleand efficient Unified Storage Architecture and comprehensive set ofstorage and data management capabilities built on Data ONTAP®with VMware’s recently enhanced cloud infrastructure suite to deliver seamless integration ofcloud management, provisioning, and backup and recoverycapabilities based on existing virtualized shared ITinfrastructures. This powerful combination enables organizations totransition to the cloud at their own pace, without the need to ripand replace their existing infrastructure. Core features include:
    • Integrated data protection with VMware vCloud® Directorenables customizable backup and recovery of tenant data withinminutes.
    • Intelligent policy-based provisioning of storage andinfrastructure resources to meet stringent service-levelagreements.
    • Secure isolation and control of multiple tenants (applications,organizations, clients, users and business units) on a flexible andefficient shared IT infrastructure.
  • NetApp and VMware have a globally staffed, 24×7 direct contactpath between the VMware and NetApp support organizations andleverage a Unified Support Lab where support engineers canreproduce customer environments, diagnose issues, and rapidlyresolve customer cases. As customers continue to deploy cloudinfrastructure environments, they want to be certain that theirtechnology partners will continue to provide rapid and efficientsupport. The cooperative support process enables customer problemsto be worked to completion in a seamless manner, with technicalsupport engineers communicating directly with each other to resolveissues efficiently.

Supporting Quotes


  • Daniel Morgenstern, manager, Windows andVirtualization, Franklin University IT
    “Franklin University is committed to providing our students withthe educational resources and tools they need to succeed, and ourIT infrastructure is a critical foundation to ensuring thathappens. With VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp,we were able to move to a secure private cloud that offersunprecedented flexibility to expand in any direction, fluidly moveresources, and quickly provision services. As a result, we’ve beenable to optimize our resources and focus on delivering the besteducation to our students.”
  • Paul Giobbi, president, Zumasys
    “Zumasys is focused on increasing the availability andaffordability of cloud computing solutions for our customers. Usingthe cloud infrastructure and management solution based on VMwareand NetApp, our customers can dynamically scale their applicationsand automatically self-provision server and storage resources.Customers can choose to keep some applications onsite, some in apublic cloud, and some on the Zumasys platform with portabilitybetween locations. With this solution, we can provide a moreflexible and affordable path to the cloud for our customers.”
  • Chris Cummings, vice president of Products andSolutions Marketing, NetApp
    “As enterprises look for ways to accelerate their businesses, theyrecognize that the decisions they make now affect not only how theycompete today but also how prepared they are for the future. Formany, there’s substantial upside to evolving from a virtualizedenvironment to a cloud architecture. NetApp and VMware aredelivering a secure, integrated solution that allows customers tobuild on their virtualized environments without having to rip andreplace their current IT infrastructures. This saves invaluabletime, money, and productivity that they can reinvest back in thebusiness.”
  • Gary Green, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances,VMware
    “VMware and NetApp have built a strong relationship to deliverinnovative solutions that help customers derive value from existingIT investments while preparing for the datacenter of the future.With this new solution, we’re taking another step forward inhelping joint customers virtualize more of the IT environment -including their most demanding business-critical applications – tocontinue building the foundation for cloud computing.”

The VMware and NetApp products that make up the VMware cloudinfrastructure and management on NetApp solution are currentlyavailable and can be purchased directly from NetApp and VMware, orthrough the companies’ worldwide network of value-added authorizedresellers, distributors and systems integrators. For moreinformation, please visit


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