Fluid Operations Joins the NetApp Alliance Partner Program

Membership Provides Customers with End-to-End Cloud Management

WALLDORF, Germany-December 6th, 2010-fluid Operations, the provider of innovative cloud management software for complex, virtualized enterprise application environments, today announced membership in the NetApp Alliance Partner Program as an Advantage Alliance Partner. By collaborating with NetApp, fluid Operations helps customers achieve flexible and customizable monitoring and management solutions for their data centers along their journey to the cloud. Together with the already available support for VMware and Cisco, the eCloudManager is the first solution to support all the components of the FlexPod out of the box with one single tool.

"Customers around the world will benefit from our collaboration with NetApp," said Irina Parepa, Director of Marketing at fluid Operations. "The tight integration between the eCloudManager™ and NetApp storage systems enables enterprises to leverage their entire IT stack and consume mission-critical enterprise applications as on-demand standardized services."

The fluidOps™ and NetApp® combined solution helps customers automate their data centers - from the infrastructure layer up to the enterprise application layer. This allows companies to bring their enterprise applications to the cloud and deliver them to end users as Landscape as a Service™- within minutes and ready to run. The simplified process of provisioning enterprise applications, e.g. SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, etc., is achieved by leveraging advanced storage features and by using a wizard-based interface in a self-service portal.

With the eCloudManager's semantic data integration and NetApp's high-performance unified storage, customers can achieve a higher level of scalability and utilize their resources more efficiently. The eCloudManager monitors a customer's complete data center or several geographically distributed data centers, and collects and correlates information from various resources, allowing customers to benefit from a very granular pay-per-use billing model for all consumed resources (storage, compute, application, etc.).

Earlier this year fluidOps was selected by Gartner as a "Cool Vendor in the SAP Ecosystem." After many other innovations throughout the year, fluid Operations announced on November 29th a major release, eCloudManager 3.5. Support for Cisco UCS blades, eCloudManager Intelligence Edition for private beta customers, and advanced self-services are just a few of the new features included in the eCloudManager 3.5 release.

"NetApp unified storage systems help customers reduce the management complexity and increase the flexibility of their IT infrastructures," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Alliance and Solutions at NetApp. "By joining the NetApp Alliance Partner Program, fluid Operations provides our mutual customers with cost-effective solutions that can help reduce the complexity of their storage environments."

About NetApp Alliance Partner Program
NetApp Alliance Partner Program provides qualified infrastructure and application providers with access to NetApp solutions, software development kits, technical support, training, certification, product information, and marketing and sales assistance. Customers benefit by having access to best-in-class partner solutions that are tested to work with NetApp storage. Additional information on the NetApp Alliance Partner Program is available at www.netapp.com/alliances.

About fluid Operations
fluid Operations (fluidOps) is the provider of an innovative cloud management platform for complex, virtualized and physical enterprise application environments. This includes the creation of a flexible cloud infrastructure, the rapid provisioning of enterprise application landscapes through a self-service portal as Landscape as a Service (LaaS)™, as well as the automated handling of the daily operations of a private or public eCloud. For more information, visit www.fluidOps.com.

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