Cloud Deployment Models
Business Wire | October 18, 2023
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), a global cloud-led, data centric software company, today announced their new joint Bare-Metal-as-a-Service (BMaaS) solution, NetApp Storage on Equinix Metal. NetApp Storage integrated with Equinix Metal is delivered as an as-a-service model through NetApp Keystone, which offers a real hybrid cloud experience—in a single subscription—so users can choose the storage capacity and performance they need without overprovisioning. Keystone® greatly reduces upfront costs with the flexibility to add more storage on demand as business needs dictate.
NetApp Storage on Equinix Metal provides customers with a full stack of compute, networking and storage infrastructure with low-latency interconnection to all major public clouds. This environment can be either single tenant or dedicated, and meets most stringent performance requirements, provides elasticity, and is packaged, priced, billed and supported under a single agreement.
Today’s rapid pace of cloud innovation enables companies to move more workload types to the hybrid multi-cloud more easily and in greater numbers than ever before, said Sandeep Singh, Senior Vice President and GM of Enterprise Storage at NetApp. NetApp is a leader in delivering native cloud and first-party solutions on all three major public clouds that provide a unified hybrid multicloud experience for customers. NetApp Storage on Equinix Metal further illustrates the industry value of our partnership and our collective commitment to providing as-a-service, hybrid multicloud solutions with higher performance, scalability, and simplified management.
Key benefits of NetApp Storage on Equinix Metal include:
Integrated Solution: NetApp Storage is fully integrated with Equinix Metal's infrastructure, ensuring a cohesive full stack experience for storage (file, block, and object), compute, and networking as-a-Service under a single subscription.
Cloud Adjacent: Customers can choose how they want to build their hybrid multicloud experience while maintaining control of their data in a low latency, high performance environment—on premises, in the cloud, or anywhere in between—on all three major public clouds.
Higher performance for demanding workloads: When NetApp Storage is combined with Equinix Metal's high-performance dedicated bare metal servers, users unlock fast data access, minimal latency, and the ability to handle the most demanding workloads with ease.
Scalable Capacity and Performance On-Demand: With NetApp Storage on Equinix Metal, customers can scale their storage resources as required to meet evolving business needs.
Superior Data Security: NetApp Storage delivers industry-leading encryption, ransomware, and security features, and enables customers to receive industry-leading physical and environmental security in an Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data center to help ensure customer data remains protected. NetApp’s proactive ransomware detection capabilities can identify potential cybersecurity threats and automatically perform an additional immutable back up of data if a threat is suspected.
Global Reach: Equinix's extensive global footprint lets users take advantage of NetApp Storage on Equinix Metal in Equinix IBX data centers across the world. As of June 2023, Equinix has a total of 250 IBX data centers globally in 71 metros with 26 Equinix Metal locations.
Simplified Management: NetApp's unified control plane for storage and data services provides customers with comprehensive control and visibility over their data no matter where it resides. Equinix Metal's automated provisioning platform further simplifies deployment and management.
“The growth of cloud adoption, the acceleration of AI, and the desire to derive real-time insights from data puts significant pressure on customers to optimize data management to gain a competitive advantage,” said Brian Stein, Senior Vice President, Edge Infrastructure Services at Equinix. “Achieving our goal of an integrated, full stack, solution is another milestone that provides enterprise customers low latency access to all clouds while keeping control of their data. This cloud adjacency helps transform how companies deploy applications, design their own solutions, and generate new revenue streams while simplifying operations and containing costs.”
NetApp Storage on Equinix Metal is a strategic expansion of NetApp’s Cloud strategy, adding a true hybrid multicloud experience. NetApp can now deliver the entire stack in Equinix IBX data centers outfitted with Equinix Metal. The solution provides an optimized connection to most major public clouds through local, high-speed connectivity through on ramps. On Equinix’s global dedicated bare metal equipment, users have full access to NetApp cloud services such as Cloud Volumes ONTAP.
Cloud Deployment Models
Red Hat | September 22, 2023
Red Hat and Oracle expand their partnership, allowing Red Hat OpenShift to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and providing more deployment options for enterprises.
OCI's distributed cloud, offering high performance and security, now supports Red Hat OpenShift with certified configurations for virtual machines and bare metal instances.
Customers gain flexibility in choosing deployment locations, while the partnership builds upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux support for OCI, enabling customized Linux images for various workloads.
Red Hat and Oracle have announced an expansion of their partnership to offer customers more options for deploying applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Red Hat OpenShift, a well-known Kubernetes-powered hybrid cloud application platform, will receive support and certification to run on OCI as part of this collaboration.
This move aims to provide enterprises with the flexibility to run their workloads on OCI's distributed cloud, known for its high performance, security, and cost-effectiveness. Customers will have the confidence to deploy Red Hat OpenShift on OCI using certified configurations, whether on virtual machines or bare metal instances. Additionally, this partnership allows for seamless migration of on-premises Red Hat OpenShift environments to OCI, with joint support from both Red Hat and Oracle.
Karan Batta, Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, reportedly stated,
Enterprises are migrating to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to take advantage of the platform’s highly performant, secure, and low-cost services. Fully certifying and supporting Red Hat OpenShift on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will enable Red Hat OpenShift customers to simply and easily run their workloads anywhere in the world on OCI’s distributed cloud.
[Source – Webwire]
OCI's distributed cloud spans more than 100 services across 45 public cloud regions, including specialized regions for government and dedicated regions at customer-controlled sites. This variety of offerings enables customers to choose the location that best suits their needs in terms of regulatory compliance, performance, and cost-effectiveness.
Furthermore, the certification and support for Red Hat OpenShift on OCI build upon the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on OCI, including support for OCI bare metal servers and Oracle VMware Cloud Solution. This expanded compatibility empowers customers to create customized Red Hat Enterprise Linux images for OCI to meet various application workloads and security compliance requirements.
While the partnership between Red Hat and Oracle to enable Red Hat OpenShift on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) offers significant advantages, there are some potential drawbacks to consider. One concern may be the complexity of migrating existing on-premises Red Hat OpenShift environments to OCI, despite the joint support provided by both companies. This process could entail challenges related to data transfer, application compatibility, and reconfiguration. Additionally, as with any cloud deployment, organizations need to carefully manage their costs, as cloud services can accumulate expenses over time. Proper planning and cost monitoring are essential to ensuring that the benefits of this technology expansion are maximized while keeping expenses in check.
The collaboration between Red Hat and Oracle to bring Red Hat OpenShift to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) offers numerous benefits for enterprises. Firstly, it provides organizations with a wider range of deployment options, allowing them to leverage the power of Red Hat OpenShift on OCI's distributed cloud infrastructure. This infrastructure is known for its high performance, robust security measures, and cost-effectiveness, making it an attractive choice for enterprises. Furthermore, the support for certified configurations on both virtual machines and bare metal instances enhances the flexibility and scalability of deployments. Last but not least, the ability to seamlessly migrate on-premises Red Hat OpenShift environments to OCI simplifies cloud adoption and guarantees operational continuity thanks to the combined support of Red Hat and Oracle. Overall, this technology collaboration empowers enterprises to optimize their cloud strategies and drive innovation in their application deployments.
In summary, Red Hat and Oracle's collaboration facilitates greater choice and flexibility for enterprises looking to deploy applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, with Red Hat OpenShift now being a certified and supported option for OCI users.
Cloud Infrastructure Management
PR Newswire | October 20, 2023
Oracle today announced that NVIDIA AI Enterprise, an enterprise-grade software that accelerates data science and streamlines development and deployment of production-ready AI, and the NVIDIA DGX Cloud AI supercomputing platform are now available through the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. These offerings provide customers with easy access to NVIDIA's accelerated, secure, and scalable platform for end-to-end AI development and deployment on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Qualified customers can purchase NVIDIA AI Enterprise and NVIDIA DGX Cloud with their existing Oracle Universal Credits.
In March, OCI became the first hyperscale cloud provider to offer NVIDIA DGX Cloud. Now, with the addition of NVIDIA AI Enterprise and availability in the Marketplace, customers can quickly and easily perform any kind of large-model training for generative AI applications on OCI – including for workloads optimized by NVIDIA NeMo, an end-to-end, cloud-native framework to build, customize, and deploy generative AI. After customizing and training their models, customers will be able to use the same software containers and tools to deploy inferencing with NVIDIA AI Enterprise on any OCI Compute instance using the NVIDIA Triton Inference Server. Customers will now have access to an end-to-end set of training and inference capabilities on OCI, alongside OCI services for building applications and managing data across a range of distributed cloud deployment options.
Many organizations are taking advantage of accelerated computing and AI from NVIDIA on OCI. For example, Gemelo.ai runs NVIDIA Maxine GPU-accelerated AI software development kits and cloud-native microservices on OCI AI Infrastructure to drive its next-generation text-to-speech, voice-to-voice, and voice cloning systems. This has enabled Gemelo.ai to deploy "AI twins" that act as trained interactive service agents for its customers.
Gemelo.ai is pioneering new AI-based business models that showcase the combined power of OCI and NVIDIA's software, said Karan Batta, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. We have worked closely with NVIDIA for years to provide organizations with an accelerated compute infrastructure to run NVIDIA software and GPUs. The addition of NVIDIA AI Enterprise and NVIDIA DGX Cloud to OCI further strengthens this collaboration and will help more organizations bring AI-fueled services to their customers faster.
"We are excited to put the dual resources of OCI and the NVIDIA AI Enterprise suite to use in building our next-generation AI-driven applications and ever more useful digital twins," said Paul Jaski, CEO, Gemelo.ai.
"Enterprises looking to fast-track their generative AI initiatives are seeking platforms where they can train and deploy their applications in a secure environment," said Charlie Boyle, vice president of DGX systems, NVIDIA. "The addition of NVIDIA DGX Cloud paired with NVIDIA AI software, including NVIDIA AI Enterprise, into Oracle Cloud Marketplace enables OCI customers to use their existing cloud credits to accelerate the development of generative AI applications."
NVIDIA AI Enterprise and NVIDIA DGX Cloud can be accessed via private offers through the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.