NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) today announced plans to expand its strategic alliance with Microsoft to help enterprises accelerate digital transformation for hybrid cloud.
NetApp intends to expand its collaboration with Microsoft to include hybrid cloud data services, built on NetApp’s ONTAP® software, that will provide enterprise-grade data visibility and insights, data access and control, and data protection and security for customers moving to Microsoft Azure.
Collaboration areas include:
- Developing new cloud data services, based on NetApp ONTAP innovation, that will be offered on the Azure cloud
- Engineering collaboration to deliver a solution architecture that will speed the migration of enterprise applications to Azure and Azure Stack
- Integration of NetApp’s newly launched FabricPool functionality, which reduces the cost of cold data by automatically tiering it from on-premises to cloud, with Azure Blob Storage
- Enablement of Azure as a backup destination for NetApp’s Cloud Control SaaS offering, which provides backup, archive and compliance services to enhance Microsoft Office 365 environments
The companies intend to provide additional updates on their hybrid cloud initiatives in the fall at Microsoft Ignite.