NetApp, Microsoft Go in Together on Hybrid Cloud Connector
Microsoft and NetApp have been trying to partner with as many complementary companies as possible to make marketshare inroads.NetApp on July 14 announced a new deal with Microsoft in introducing NetApp Private Storage for Microsoft Azure, which enables NetApp hardware users to expand their IT infrastructures to the cloud. The new software creates a bridge to a hybrid cloud environment that connects NetApp arrays with Azure services. To do this, it uses NetApp's portfolio of Microsoft Cloud tools and storage middleware, which include the enterprise-level FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud. Microsoft and NetApp both have been trying to partner with as many complementary companies as possible in their quests to make marketshare inroads; Microsoft is trying to gain on global cloud services leader Amazon and NetApp on storage kingpin EMC. On the cloud side of this new partnership, Azure ExpressRoute connects the NetApp and Microsoft resources to provide a secure high-speed connection.
With NetApp Private Storage installed at a co-location facility, users can connect directly to Azure. Global interconnection and data center provider Equinix is the first co-location facility to offer direct, high-speed connections to Microsoft Azure with ExpressRoute.