NetApp Brings AWS to the Enterprise

NetApp, the cloud storage provider, recently brought the power of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to its customers.

The company's new solution, NetApp Private Storage for AWS, will use the AWS Direct Connect service to allow enterprise users to establish a dedicated network connection that links their existing infrastructure to AWS. This means they can now replicate data from their on-premises NetApp storage environments in a Direct Connect facility.

Enterprise companies will now be able to use NetApp with a variety of AWS services, including Amazon EMR for more cost-effective big data analysis, disaster recovery deployments with Amazon EC2 and disk backup through Amazon S3, in addition to being able to seamlessly move enterprise applications to the cloud and between AWS regions.

Right now, there is a fear on the part of some enterprise organizations when it comes to
moving workloads (especially larger ones) to AWS, but by going through NetApp, which has been serving enterprises for 20 years, these companies may feel more comfortable using Amazon's service.

"Our work with NetApp provides customers with the performance, security, compliance, and availability benefits of AWS with the high value enterprise offerings customers have come to expect from NetApp," says Terry Wise, the head of Worldwide Partner Ecosystems at AWS.

Currently, NetApp Private Storage for AWS is available to select resellers in North America, but it should be available in Europe and Asia sooner than later.