NetApp and Google Cloud introduce managed storage service to transform enterprise workloads in the cloud

NetApp®, a cloud-led, data-centric software firm, extended its alliance with Google Cloud to deliver new levels of storage performance combined with simplicity and flexibility of the cloud.

With the launch of Google Cloud NetApp Volumes – now available as a fully-managed, first-party service on Google Cloud – clienrs can seamlessly bring business-critical workloads across Windows and Linux environments to Google Cloud, even for the most demanding use cases like VMware and SAP migrations—all without refactoring code or redesigning processes.

What does this mean for the industry?

“NetApp’s offering with Google Cloud sets the standard for enterprise-class features in public cloud file storage, establishing a benchmark for the industry. The recognition of NetApp’s name alongside the cloud provider in this first party service underscores its commitment to driving cutting-edge cloud storage solutions that address customer and market challenges,” said Dave McCarthy, Research Vice President, Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services at IDC.

“As an existing NetApp customer leveraging Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Cloud Volumes Service on Google Cloud, we are extremely thrilled to embrace the new Google Cloud NetApp Volumes,” said Anthony Lloyd, Vice President, Technology Services at OpenText.

Anthony Lloyd, Vice President, Technology Services at OpenText
Anthony Lloyd, Vice President, Technology Services at OpenText

“This fully managed file storage service will provide seamless migration of enterprise applications, like Kubernetes, to Google Cloud without refactoring code or redesigning processes. Ultimately, it will simplify operations across all our IT environments.”

Google Cloud NetApp Volumes is based on NetApp ONTAP™ data management software and cloud services. This enables customers to extend their workloads into Google Cloud through an automated storage service that’s fully integrated into its service ecosystem, providing enterprise-grade storage, data protection, and business continuity across workloads. 

Key capabilities of Google Cloud NetApp Volumes include:

  • Enterprise-grade, multiprotocol file shares with rich SMB and NFS protocol support for the most demanding Windows or Linux workloads, including Google Cloud’s only storage service to support protocols such as SMB and NFSv4.1(and v3)
  • Support for instant capacity additions or changes between performance tiers – without downtime – resulting in the ability to balance investment/performance in real-time
  • Built-in data protection that creates efficient, block-level incremental backups that don’t impact uptime or performance while meeting RTO/RPO parameters to ensure optimum application availability

What does the partnership mean for stakeholders?

Commenting on the partnership, Matt Hurford, Managing Director of NetApp in Australia and New Zealand, said, “By extending our collaboration with Google Cloud, NetApp is putting ONTAP storage and data management capabilities into the hands of Google Cloud customers as a first-party service, making it simple to use enterprise-grade storage in their critical workloads, optimise file storage and support Windows, Linux, SAP and VMware workloads.”

Matt Hurford, Managing Director of NetApp in Australia and New Zealand
Matt Hurford, Managing Director of NetApp in Australia and New Zealand

“We see our mission as creating cloud storage and data services that are as forward-thinking and easy to use as possible, and this alliance allows us to continue making this a reality.”

Commenting on the partnership, Sameet Agarwal, Vice President and General Manager, Google Cloud Storage, said, “Today’s announcement extends our ability to deliver first-party storage and enterprise data management services so firms can rapidly deploy, run, protect, and scale enterprise workloads with the familiar tools and interface of Google Cloud.” 

“We’re thrilled to enhance our File Solutions portfolio by continuing our alliance with NetApp, bringing the flexibility of the cloud to our clients alongside data protection and efficiency.”   

“Organisations across Australia and New Zealand are looking for flexibility, simplicity, security and savings at a time when they are managing cloud sprawl. We are excited about this alliance and solution launch with Google Cloud, which continues to extend our cloud storage capabilities and commitment to help firms overcome the complexities of hybrid multicloud,” commented Stephen Persoglia, Director of Partners at NetApp in Australia and New Zealand.

Learn more about Google Cloud NetApp Volumes here.