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OVHcloud Expands Its Portfolio of File Storage Solutions With Enterprise File Storage, a Service Developed in Collaboration With NetApp

OVHcloud | March 04, 2022

OVHcloud is combining its expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service with Platform-as-a-Service solutions to support the digital transformation of organizations by providing them with a ready-to-use toolkit. This accelerated integration of software technology is reflected in the launch of the Enterprise File Storage service, engineered in partnership with NetApp, which combines OVHcloud’s know-how with NetApp’s cloud storage management expertise.

OVHcloud is expanding its portfolio of cloud file storage solutions with an offering developed in collaboration with NetApp, a world leader in this field. Enterprise File Storage is designed to help organizations transition to the cloud by meeting their requirements for sovereignty, high performance and resilience, while ensuring seamless integration with the OVHcloud universe at a predictable price.

Enterprise File Storage is aimed at organizations with applications that have high operational requirements and need a highly available file storage service. The service is suitable for a variety of use cases, including organizations that are already cloud-based and want to facilitate sharing of enterprise data from different applications hosted on OVHcloud services, or organizations that are already running their own NetApp on-premise infrastructure and are looking to offload their workloads or begin their migration to the cloud.

Based on NetApp’s ONTAP file system technology and fully managed by OVHcloud, this all-in-one platform offers great ease of implementation while optimizing cloud storage costs, increasing application performance, and ensuring data protection and compliance. With Enterprise File Storage, customers get easy access to stored data and benefit from a flexible, scalable, and high-performance platform — with storage capacity from 1 to 58TB per service. The Enterprise File Storage service is appropriate for a wide range of enterprise environments and applications due to the use of the industry proven NFS protocol. It provides high performance — both in terms of IOPS and throughput — thanks to the combination of SSD technologies with NVMe caches.

As Hybrid Cloud is a high priority for over 77% of NetApp customers, first party cloud services based on NetApp ONTAP are instrumental to make these projects become reality. We are glad to see OVHCloud making the choice of NetApp as a trusted technology partner for their Enterprise File Storage service”.

Peter Wüst, VP CTO WW Enterprise & Commercial Business, NetApp


“We are pleased to work with a recognized expert partner like NetApp to help our customers maximize and get the most out of their data by providing a unified experience across our various cloud storage solutions,” said Thierry Souche, Chief Technology Officer at OVHcloud. “Our customers can now access highly efficient and available storage resources, leveraging key features of ONTAP software and fully managed by OVHcloud.”

With over two decades of expertise in digital infrastructure services, OVHcloud has developed an industrial model that preserves the technological and operational sovereignty of customers, while deploying environmentally friendly and resource-efficient technologies. Designed and engineered in the Group’s own data centers, all OVHcloud solutions guarantee total data reversibility and immunity to extraterritorial laws. The infrastructure operated by OVHcloud meets the highest security and data protection standards, in line with ISO27001 certification, as well as GDPR compliance. Like all of the European leading cloud provider’s solutions, Enterprise File Storage features an outstanding price/performance ratio in the industry and allows organizations to maintain control of their cloud strategy with predictable pricing and the choice of data location. In addition, because NetApp is an industry standard, Enterprise File Storage frees organizations from any technical lock-in and provides business continuity outside an OVHcloud environment.

Enterprise File Storage is already available in data centers in Roubaix (France) and Frankfurt (Germany). The solution will be deployed in a very short term in Beauharnois (Canada), then will be rolled out in further geographies.

About NetApp
NetApp is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere. 

About OVHcloud
OVHcloud is a global player and Europe’s leading cloud provider operating over 400,000 servers within 33 data centers across four continents. For 20 years, the Group has relied on an integrated model that provides complete control of its value chain – from the design of its servers, to the construction and management of its data centers, including the orchestration of its fiber-optic network. This unique approach allows it to independently cover all the uses of its 1.6 million customers in more than 140 countries. OVHcloud now offers its customers latest-generation solutions combining performance, price predictability and total sovereignty over their data to support their growth in complete freedom.

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Cequence partners with Tetrate to Embed Security on Cloud-Native Apps

Cequence Security | January 27, 2022

Market leader in API security, Cequence Security, has partnered with an enterprise service mesh company that manages the complexity of modern, hybrid cloud application infrastructure called Tetrate. This partnership will integrate API discovery and security into modern cloud-native microservices applications. Using the Cequence API security platform, this new partnership will expand the single pane of glass offered by Tetrate to encompass API discovery, detection of security risks and threats, and native inline protection against threats. This will enable API development and SecOps teams to discover, manage and continuously monitor their multi-cluster, multi-cloud microservices deployments from a centralized location. “Integrating Tetrate Service Bridge (TSB) and Cequence API Sentinel will produce a simpler, faster, and more scalable solution for our customers. Combining our ability to simplify infrastructure and operations with Cequence’s state-of-the-art API monitoring and governance capabilities was a no-brainer. It’s a win-win for both companies,” Varun Talwar, CEO, and Co-Founder of Tetrate Service mesh plays a crucial role in implementing zero-trust design and DevSecOps concepts by enabling security and reliability to join microservices across infrastructures without using any additional code. With the rapid pace of development and the naturally scattered structure of these apps, discovering and protecting all of the API endpoints exposed by microservices is complex. This can lead to apps being made available to the public without adequate discovery, security, or monitoring by security and operations personnel. President and CEO of Cequence Security, Larry Link, stated, “Cequence has a long history of meeting the application security needs of organizations by using leading edge technologies like containers and service meshes, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Tetrate to take that commitment to the next level.” The integration of Tetrate and Cequence Security shortens the time and effort required to add discovery, security, and monitoring to cloud-native apps. In addition, it enables security to scale with the application using the same underlying orchestration layer.

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Scale Computing and IBM Teams up to Deliver Edge Solutions for Enterprise Clients

Scale Computing | July 23, 2021

Scale Computing declared its partnership with the popular IBM (NYSE: IBM). Scale Computing is a leading organization in edge computing, virtualization, and hyper-converged solutions. This association will help organizations adopt an edge computing strategy designed to empower the seamless movement of data and applications from private data centers to hybrid cloud environments. In addition, scale Computing is designing flexible and intelligent on-premises edge computing solutions for applications to help address high availability and resilience. The latest IBM Institute for Business Value report, “Why organizations are speculating on edge computing: Insights from the edge,” discovered that 91% of the 1,500 executives surveyed indicated that their companies intend edge computing strategy implementation within five years. IBM Edge Application Manager, a self-governing management solution that runs on Red Hat OpenShift, enables the continuous operations, fast deployment, and remote management of AI, analytics, and IoT enterprise workloads to produce real-time analysis and insights at scale. Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing says, “We sense that the area of storage and compute has gone through transformational changes on so many facades over the last 18 months. From supply chain challenges to shifting product demands, health and safety of employee and customer, to being a growing target of cyber-attacks. We believe that Edge computing is crucial for the future of many companies irrespective of their sizes across all industries. It can facilitate the deployment and management of localized compute infrastructure in a secure and flexible method. We are pleased to collaborate our HC3 Edge Computing solutions with IBM Edge Application Manager to support organizations in optimizing their operations across the globe. This collaboration will serve an infrastructure designed to be self-healing and automated, along with added containerized application management to help them develop into the new reality of edge computing.” Scale Computing HC3 Edge Computing solutions provide a self-governing infrastructure that can run modern containerized applications and legacy applications as virtual machines. It can help users monitor and manage their distributed infrastructure and applications centrally through the entire lifecycle—from deployment and maintenance to service level monitoring and addressing the problem areas. Evarisitus Mainsah, GM, IBM Hybrid Cloud, and Edge Ecosystem, says, “We await with pleasure to partner with Scale Computing to help clients deploy, operate, and manage their several endpoints throughout their operations with IBM Edge Application Manager.” “We can help enterprises accelerate their digital transformation by working upon the insights closer to where the data is being created, at the edge,” he added. Scale Computing is a part of IBM’s partner chain that involves more than 30 equipment producers, networking, IT & software providers. It helps to implement open standards-based cloud-native solutions that can independently handle edge applications at scale. IBM’s partner ecosystem provides hybrid cloud environments. It helps clients manage and streamline workloads from bare-metal to multi-cloud and everything in between using Red Hat OpenShift, the leading enterprise Kubernetes platform of the industry. About Scale Computing: Scale Computing is a well-known name in edge computing, virtualization, and hyper-converged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the requirement for legacy virtualization software, servers, disaster recovery software, and distributed storage. Instead, it introduced a fully integrated, highly available ecosystem for running applications. Using copyrighted HyperCore™ technology, the HC3 auto-recovery platform identifies, mitigates, and modifies infrastructure issues in real-time. It enables applications to reach maximum uptime. When usability, high availability, and TCO is the area of concern, Scale Computing HC3 is the perfect infrastructure platform.

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Netapp Shows Major Inclination for Hybrid Cloud with Latest Ontap, Flexpod as a Service

NetApp | June 09, 2021

On Tuesday, NetApp significantly expanded its hybrid cloud competences with the announcement of a new version of its Ontap storage software aiming on-premises and cloud deployments, along with the introduction of FlexPod as a service and improved Keystone storage subscription services. NetApp’s senior director of portfolio marketing, Adam Fore says, ‘We’re helping organizations to take advantage of hybrid clouds, streamline data in the cloud, simplify data services, and determine the ways to design their hybrid clouds. The channel partners are designed. We will assist to uplift them to work with hybrid clouds.’ According to Adam Fore, “The developments are pointed toward assisting clients with streamlining and deploy hybrid cloud environments”. Hybrid cloud infrastructure can be developed either by expanding the present infrastructures and applications like backups, disaster recovery, archiving to the cloud, or by flexibly migrating workloads between on-premises and the cloud such as collecting data, migrating it to the core, and doing analysis in the cloud, Fore quoted. “However, not many customers have the infrastructure required to migrate to the cloud. Architecturally, they’re not prepared. The customers have several tools and operating environments, which can cause complexity when migrating to the cloud. They are in search of an expert to help them understand their needs and how to easilymove to the cloud.”, he added. According to Fore, NetApp has the base to move to the cloud and among on-premises and clouds, the easy management with a steady set of tools, the financial liberty and experience with its Data Fabric technology. “Partners can then elevate customers to the next level with computation and the other layers to make anall-inclusive solution,” he said. Fore added, NetApp is introducingOntap 9.9, the newest edition of its Ontap storage operating system that treats the on-premise and cloud data as the same. Ontap 9.9 consists several significant data evelopments, and four times the performance for single LUNs as the previous version. “This software operates across the hybrid cloud,” he said. “It works in the data center, in the cloud or on the edge and is comprised of all our offerings including FlexPod. With Ontap 9.1. A hybrid cloud can be implemented under five minutes including initiating an instance in the cloud and sending data changeably, or in under two minutes to initiate backup. We wish to retain the simplicity as if it were just on-premises.” According to the vice president of engineering West at General Datatech, a Dallas-based solution provider and established NetApp channel partner, John Woodall, “With Ontap 9.9, NetApp is maintaining its record of reducing the complexity of hybrid cloud deployment and doing it more frequently than in the past”. NetApp’s Cloud Manager unified control plane for handling, monitoring and automating data in hybrid cloud environments already eases the deployment and run data services on-premises or in the cloud, Woodall told CRN. “But with Ontap, customers can see already installedOntap deployments in their data center and across AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure or Google clouds from the same control plane, and perform operations like create SnapMirror relationships by dragging and dropping.It is nice to see NetApp involves twice-a-year development schedule because for a single year there will be a plenty of innovations to complete,” he added. While Adam Fore continued, “NetApp is also updating its FlexPod converged infrastructure technology, which integrates Cisco management software and UCS servers, NetApp storage hardware and Ontap software, and VMware virtualization technology into a centralized infrastructure, with Cisco’s Intersight cloud operations platform.” “The result is the introduction of FlexPod-as a Service.Cisco Intersight automates the totalFlexPod stack: Cisco UCS, Cisco networking, and NetApp Ontap,” he added. “Over the next two to three quarters, Cisco Intersight will be able to totally automate configurations and configuration drift, find out where workloads should be positioned, and automate data services such as backups, disaster recovery and tiering to the cloud,” Fore said. “It will also work as a service manager for FlexPod as a Service, for which FlexPod will be a partner-delivered resolution”, he continued. According to John Woodall, “While FlexPod is deployed in data centers, it is still a great platform for hybrid clouds, especially with the integration of Cisco Intersight with FlexPod”. “In the FlexPod context, it is significant to have the support of Cisco and NetApp hand-in-hand, so customers get all the advantages of FlexPod,” he said. “On the balance, this is a big portion of enabling customers with hybrid cloud adoption and making FlexPod available as a service, Woodall said”, Woodall added. “FlexPod is developed around a full stack solution with Cisco, NetApp and VMware,” he said. “The inclusion of life-cycle management, patching, tracking configuration ideas and management lets you know you the validity. However, these things change over time with ransomware and other attacks, and hence it is vital to have the updated guidelines to not only prevent outages, but to also keep customers secure. All these moves into pricing of the consumption and the ability to let customers purchase the infrastructure or use it as a service”, Woodall said. NetApp Tuesday also upgraded its Keystone storage subscription service with a new collaboration with colocation services from Redwood City, Calif.-based Equinix.The use case for this is a customer who wants a high-speed connection to a public cloud as part of hybrid cloud services, Fore said. “Now they can deploy their on-premises ecosystem in an Equinix data center, and get less than 1 millisecond high-performance admission to multiply hyperscaler data centers through Equinix,” he added. “Thus, customers can leverage cloud services, including computation, without actually shifting the data to the cloud. It is a highly flexible multi-cloud solution that lets customers perform operations like scale their Microsoft environment to Azure or do disaster recovery to AWS, and alter it all as required”, he continued. According to Fore, this could also be done before. But the developments now provide a single contact for NetApp to receive to all the storage services. “Customers get support through NetApp and do not need to work with Equinix. For Keystone customers, who are looking to deploy in Equinix, we now tailor it for them.When Keystone was first launched last year, it was aimed at Microsoft Azure storage via NetApp Cloud Volumes. However, it now also works with AWS and GCP”, Fore said. According to Woodall, “Earlier there were lot of efforts required to work with Equinix, to take benefits of the colocation service providers’, high-performance connection to the cloud”. “Now Equinix has direct high-speed and low-latency network to the cloud, which is great if used as part of a service with Keystone. You can do it with others, but with Equinix it comes as a service.While Keystone provides storage as a service, now customers can include Equinix services to get easy scalability and one point of visibility”, Woodall said. NetApp also improved a couple of other fragments of its hybrid cloud portfolio. “Their Cloud Backup technology, which previously could be used to back up a cloud instance to another cloud, can now also be utilized to backup on-premises environments to another on-premises environment or to the cloud”, Adam Fore added. “NetApp Astra was initially rolled out for GCP and Microsoft Azure, but now is upgraded to work with on-premise environment. Expansion to AWS environments will come in the near future”, he concluded.

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