Serving Customer Needs Earns NetApp the Microsoft Private Cloud Partner of the Year Award for 2012

ING DIRECT’s ‘Bank in a Box’ project highlighted as a key partnership

SYDNEY, Australia - 25 July 2012 - In recognition of its work helping customers and partners build private cloud solutions on the Microsoft® platform, NetApp has won the 2012 Microsoft Private Cloud Partner of the Year award. The honour reinforces NetApp's long-standing commitment to storage and storage management solutions for Microsoft environments that enable organisations to reduce costs, increase agility, improve efficiency, and utilise proven platforms.

In its award entry, NetApp highlighted recent work with ING DIRECT, the world's largest direct bank, on its 'Bank in a Box' concept that enables the rapid provisioning of ING DIRECT's complete operating environment. ING DIRECT is known for its innovative online banking offerings; however, an antiquated infrastructure for provisioning development and test environments hindered ING DIRECT's ability to bring new products to market. Despite a business goal of rapidly expanding service offerings, provisioning could take over 12 weeks just to support creation of a development environment.

"As a strategic priority, we needed to deliver innovation faster, so we looked to NetApp and its partners to help speed things up in a smart way," said Andrew Henderson, CIO, ING DIRECT Australia. "With our Microsoft private cloud solution built on FlexPod from NetApp and Cisco we reduced environment provisioning from 12 weeks to 10 minutes, improving developer productivity and business agility. Through the 'Bank in a Box' private cloud solution, we're able to provide anyone in the company with access to applications, services, configurations and 5.5 TB of data, with the assurances that they'll integrate seamlessly with Microsoft standard technologies."

ING DIRECT also recently received the Efficiency Innovation award at NetApp's eighth annual Innovation Awards, which identify companies using smaller budgets for equipment, people, power, space, and capacity - with the end benefits of decreasing complexities and increasing operational efficiency.

Mike Schutz, General Manager, Windows Server and Management, Microsoft, said "Microsoft is pleased to recognise NetApp as the Private Cloud Partner of the Year. Utilising their comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft private cloud solutions, NetApp aims to enable customers to reduce provisioning time, increase productivity and improve business agility."

Peter O'Connor, Vice President and Managing Director NetApp Australia and New Zealand, said "This award highlights NetApp's commitment to our collaboration with our partners and Microsoft in private cloud development. We are dedicated to making the promise of cloud computing a reality for businesses by helping them build flexible, efficient and agile private cloud solutions."

About the Microsoft Private Cloud Partner of the Year Award

The Private Cloud Partner of the Year Award recognises the partner that excelled in offering innovative private cloud solutions for their customers based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, Microsoft System Center, and related products. The winner used the Microsoft platform for private cloud computing (for dynamically pooling, allocating, provisioning, and managing cloud resources) including, but not limited to:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
  • Microsoft System Center Service Manager
  • Opalis
  • Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager

About NetApp
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