NetApp Powers BT Virtual Data Center
Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 27,
2009: NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) recently announced it will
provide the storage infrastructure to support BT's new Virtual Data
Center (VDC). BT, one of the world's leading providers of
communications solutions and services, is offering a multi-tenanted
service aimed at mid-sized and larger businesses that are looking
to move all or part of their IT resources onto a pay for use
platform. BT chose NetApp hardware for VDC due to the strong
relationship the two companies have had for several years. BT has
used NetApp equipment extensively in its existing data centers.
BT already hosts data and applications for a
wide range of businesses. VDC aims to move customers from tailored
hosting arrangements to a service where organizations can buy the
exact capacity they require. BT has added the ability to configure
an entire data center from a single console with the ability to
provision servers, storage, and network resources with built-in
resilience and business continuity. The partnership with NetApp
allows BT to automate the day-to-day storage management resources
needed as part of the package, which in turn allows BT's engineers
to focus their time and energy on revenue generating
"NetApp's involvement in the development of
VDC further builds on our successful track record in working
together," said Craig Parker, head of global IT services
propositions at BT Global Services. "The scalability of NetApp
hardware and its ease of use enables us to fulfill customer
provisioning orders made via VDC's self-service portal in a rapid
and cost effective manner."
A blade service architecture, combined with
NetApp storage systems and virtualization software allows BT
customers to have their infrastructure and Windows-based
applications up and running on the VDC in just five days. Once the
system is up, existing VDC customers will be able to deploy a
virtual server in as little as 15 minutes. Because the NetApp
storage infrastructure takes care of so much of the basic storage
management, from Snapshots and off-site replication to
deduplication, the storage infrastructure is largely self managing,
needing little in the way of day-to-day support.
"With NetApp, BT can provide a flexible,
cost-effective alternative to in-house data centers", said Patrick
Rogers, vice president of Solutions and Alliances at NetApp. "BT
utilized the twin technologies of server and storage virtualization
- already proven in their own data centers - to deliver IT as a
Service. NetApp is excited to be a foundational element in their
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