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NetApp Announces a Handful of Cloud, Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Offerings

Today at NetApp Insight, which takes place this week from Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, NetApp announced a handful of new cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud solutions for data-driven enterprises. NetApp Cloud Insights, Azure NetApp Files, Cloud Volumes ONTAP, NetApp HCI, SaaS Backup for Microsoft Office 365 and NetApp Data Availability Services all aim to "empower customers to innovate in the cloud, in any form, to improve business outcomes in the face of a rapidly evolving technological landscape," according to the announcement.

According to the NetApp Blog post, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based NetApp Cloud Insights is for infrastructure monitoring and cost optimization in a hybrid-cloud-based environment. The company claims that organizations will be able to monitor and prevent up to 80 percent of cloud-infrastructure issues from ever impacting end users, obtain up to 90 percent reduction in mean time to resolution, while also reducing cloud infrastructure costs by an average of 33 percent.

For companies looking to move file-based enterprise workloads to Microsoft Azure, Azure NetApp Files offers data management, security and protection. Powered by NetApp's ONTAP technology, the service is "optimized for rich, business-critical datasets offers automated resource deployment through REST APIs and CLI access," according to the announcement. The limited preview will expand to U.S. East and U.S. West 2 Azure datacenter regions.

NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP brings built-in high-availability failover functionality to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure cloud environments. Its new NetApp Cloud Tiering Service allows organizations to optimize the location of data by autotiering on-premises data to the cloud.

New hybrid cloud infrastructure architecture is available with NetApp HCI. Paired with NetApp's SolidFire Element software, NetApp HCI "delivers seamless integration between public and private cloud, now supporting SnapMirror to Cloud Volumes ONTAP," according to the announcment.

SaaS Backup for Office 365 allows services providers to back up and restore Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business data to secondary locations in the cloud or on-premises. In addition, organizations can ensure "compliance with government regulations with a GDPR-ready SaaS backup service, supporting EXO, OD4B, SPO, Groups and Shared Mailboxes," according to the announcement.

The cloud-native data management service offering NetApp Data Availability Services can help streamline operations for backup, disaster recovery and other workloads that involve data copies. According to the company, it can also help organizations accelerate software development, testing, analytics and reporting by reusing data on secondary ONTAP storage.

"For our customers, the competitive demand to transform into a cloud-first organization is now a given -- but achieving significant business impact as a result is not. Our vision is to inspire data-driven innovation with the cloud," said Anthony Lye, NetApp's SVP and GM of cloud data services, in a prepared statement.

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Wendy Hernandez is group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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