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Cars aren’t the only hybrids consumers are embracing.  Hybrid cloud computing continues to gain traction, allowing Federal agencies to take advantage of the best that public and private cloud computing has to offer.

 

Agencies like a hybrid cloud approach because it provides the right balance between flexibility and security.  They can keep their storage and private data isolated and protected, while also taking advantage of the infinite scale and pay-as-you-go computing resources offered via the public cloud. 

 

But there are potential potholes to look out for.

 

A hybrid approach can be challenging since data must be able to speed across multiple clouds seamlessly, and still be centrally managed.  This is where having common technologies that span across multiple clouds can deliver the most value.

 

To help manage the traffic, NetApp recently unveiled a plan to create an enterprise data management platform. Data ONTAP our storage operating system that is at the core of our strategy, will allow agencies to manage across public, private, and hybrid clouds.

 

Data OnTap is the most deployed enterprise storage operating system in the world, and NetApp plans to further integrate the software into private cloud, large-scale public cloud, and hyperscale cloud service provider offerings.

 

Also on the horizon from NetApp is new technology that will support dynamic data portability across all clouds via our universal data container.  And we plan to work with our global partners to develop new solutions that will make it easier to transition to hybrid cloud architectures.

 

The bottom line?  As agencies begin to focus less on which cloud approach to take and more on how best to manage the interaction between public, private and hybrid models, a single, unifying platform will make the journey easier.

 

For more on this topic, be sure to join MeriTalk at the Cloud Computing Brainstorm, which is now rescheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. We will talk more about leveraging public and private platforms in the cloud. Register today:  www.meritalk.com/cloudbrainstorm.

 

Davis Johnson, Senior Leader, Service Providers and Cloud Partners, NetApp U.S. Public Sector

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