4 Reasons to use Data Fabric for your Hybrid Cloud


4 Reasons to use Data Fabric blog post

Despite data from IDG Research Services showing that 58% of data still resides in non-cloud environments, it would seem hybrid-clouds will rule the foreseeable future; IDC predicts that 80% of organisations expect to use some form of hybrid-cloud by the end of this year.

IT infrastructures are evolving and are no longer static entities marked by predictable growth. Forrester Research says hybrid-clouds are gaining widespread market adoption because they leverage existing IT resources while integrating into public and private cloud environments. They enable you to:

  • Retain greater visibility over your data.
  • Improve the customer experience.
  • You’re three times more likely to achieve your business goals. (IDG Research Services

Hybrid cloud: Jekyll and Hyde

The beauty of hybrid-cloud storage is that it leverages the power of cloud while recognising, and working, with its limitations. Effective hybrid-cloud storage combines all elements in your IT infrastructure to create greater overall value, better performance and cost-savings.


The problem with today’s hybrid-clouds is that they are a mix of isolated, incompatible data silos, which can make moving data from one cloud to another difficult. Analysis from IDG Research suggests 78% of cloud users say it’s critical or extremely important to manage data across multiple clouds.

So what can you do?

Data Fabric makes hybrid cloud work

Enabled by NetApp, Data Fabric seamlessly connects different environments across disparate clouds and on-premise solutions. It creates the best IT environment for your business, allowing you to innovate without constraints across your choice of hybrid cloud resources.

Enable your hybrid-cloud through Data Fabric to:

  • Benefit from common data services across your choice of resources.
  • Leverage the value of your data no matter where it resides.
  • Move data from one cloud to another, with ease.
  • Gain the data control and choice to realise the full potential of the hybrid-cloud.

NetApp’s Data Fabric customers are testament to the benefits it provides:

  • 100x increase in IT execution speed.
  • Disaster recovery without a data centre.
  • 100% of backup data in the cloud.

Discover more about Data Fabric and the impact it will have on your organisation.


NetApp announce SolidFire acquisition


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It’s no secret that NetApp’s journey to buy SolidFire has been a turbulent one. Despite initial rumours beginning late last year the acquisition wasn’t officially announced until early February. Now that the transaction excitement has died down, we take a look at what it really means for the industry and both current & future customers.

In a podcast early last year  NetApp’s CEO George Kurian admitted that NetApp’s current All-Flash array offering simply does not meet the needs to the market quick enough and as market leaders such as IBM and EMC developed their flash offering 2 years previous, the acquisition makes perfect sense for NetApp.

Most people in the industry will be aware of who SolidFire are but those that aren’t, they are an American All-Flash storage company. Despite being just 6 years old, they have been Gartner’s highest rated solid-state array for overall use for the past 2 years. SolidFire’s architectural design has gained a lot of positive attention over the years, mainly for managing to create cost efficient simple solutions out of complex problems.

SolidFire holds a unique position in a very competitive market as its AFA solution was designed with cloud providers in mind, therefore it comes as no surprise that it has recently been named the All-Flash system product of the year by Storage Magazine.

It’s no secret that cloud-style service provision is growing inside enterprises and flash arrays are the primary data storage of the future. Current and future customers of NetApp can now take advantage of utilising a leader in the cloud community that have extensive integrated storage management capabilities with OpenStack, VMware and many other cloud frameworks.

Furthermore for enterprises that are looking to transform their datacentres to support private cloud infrastructures, the storage control plane within SolidFire’s technology is one of the greatest benefits. The NetApp & SolidFire acquisition also allows customers to solve challenges around resource allocation, simplified management and application predictability at scale.

For the meantime SolidFire is set to run as an independent business unit within NetApp but it has already been stated that over time its products will be incorporate into NetApp’s data fabric strategy. When it is incorporated customers will be set to experience seamless data management across flash, disk and cloud resources.

It goes without saying NetApp are now in an extremely strong position with their new flash offering and the benefits for customers are significant.

If you’d like to know more about the acquisition benefits for your organisation you can contact one of our NetApp specialists below: