9 vendors join NetApp partnership to enhance cloud transition
By StorageAsia Editors 03-May-2011
Nine service providers signed up NetApp's partner program to help business transition to the cloud.
The signed partners included BlueFire, Interactive, Internet Initiative Japan, Iron Mountain, Logicalis, Quest Software, Rackspace, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, and Terremark.
Tech training, sales support
Partners signed up to the program can use NetApp's tools for technical training and support for marketing and sales.
Targeting at enterprise customers, the NetApp partner program will offer a range of cloud services including application development and testing, backup, collaboration, desktop, disaster recovery, infrastructure, messaging, storage and SAP application-based services.
Enhance cloud deployments
"Secure multi-tenancy capabilities allow simultaneous access to storage for multiple users without compromising security," Kokichi Matsumoto, executive officer at Internet Initiative Japan said. "Integrated data protection assures backup and recovery to meet our customers' stringent recovery point and recovery time objectives."
Jason Serda, managing director and CIO of BlueFire said the program allowed his company to provide a secure shared infrastructure across six of its data centers for clients to outsource their primary storage.
Tim Burke, president and CEO of Quest Software said the company's partnership with NetApp expanded its scope of cloud services to include data protection, development and testing.