Since April 6, 2005, IBM Systems Technology Group (STG) and NetApp have been partnered in an OEM relationship. Through this agreement, IBM provides the NetApp® FAS series products as the IBM N series and also offers most of the NetApp software portfolio. Combining IBM’s leading windows and server technologies with NetApp’s industry-leading storage solutions creates a compelling value proposition for customers who are seeking storage efficiency and virtualization solutions in their data centers.
IBM N series solutions help customers streamline their operations while minimizing risk to deliver improved performance and increased scalability for their dynamic infrastructures. Using the right combination of data center proven products, technologies, and partners, N series solutions give customers the power to solve the most critical IT and business challenges while maximizing their return on investment.
IBM Global Technology Services and N series Products and Solutions
On October 27, 2009, IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) and NetApp announced a global alliance agreement to complement the existing N series OEM partnership between NetApp and STG. IBM's broad portfolio of technology services, with IBM's N series and NetApp's industry-leading storage products, provides comprehensive, innovative infrastructure solutions.
Through this agreement, IBM GTS provides end-to-end IT services that address storage and server infrastructure optimization as well as infrastructure optimization services for desktop virtualization projects. These services include assessment, planning, design, implementation and management. Together with IBM's N series solutions and the ability to offer the NetApp software portfolio, IBM helps clients improve their alignment of IT assets with current and future business goals, while improving the quality, scalability and reliability of service delivery. Anticipated benefits include reduced IT complexity; efficient storage, server, and desktop environments; and controlled costs.
IBM GTS solutions enable clients to gain insight into how their businesses are using storage assets, while helping to institutionalize best practices across the enterprise. Combining IBM and NetApp technologies helps maximize the availability and value of information by reducing business risks through secure, efficient and optimized information infrastructure management.
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