NetApp wants to be the go-to source for new management tools and services for public and private clouds. With this week’s release of four new design guides and services, the storage vendor is expanding its offerings for service providers, walking the fine line between supplier and competitor.
ServerWatch takes a look at some of the new tools, including a service-oriented infrastructure designed to give service providers a standardized and unified platform to use and deploy storage, bandwidth and compute resources.
Following its key partnership with Microsoft, NetApp has firmly positioned itself as a factor in the cloud-computing space, joining the likes of HP, Oracle, IBM and CA.
Company officials said the new offerings will fulfill the dual role of delivering cloud-management applications and services to their enterprise clients while also increasing functionality, security and efficiency for IT service providers building cloud environments for their own customers.
“NetApp has a proven track record of successfully teaming with leading service providers to power their cloud service offerings,” Patrick Rogers, NetApp’s (NASDAQ: NTAP) vice president of solutions and alliances, said in a statement. “Our strategy in this space is to enable the success of our solution partners, not compete with them, and through them provide a broad and open set of industry cloud services for enterprise IT customers.”