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Get the Most Value Out of Your Data with Cloud Central

Sid Sonnier

NetApp Cloud Central[/caption] If you’re like most organizations, the needs of your users and your customers are not “one-cloud-fits-all.” You probably have a mix of private, public, and hybrid cloud infrastructure distributed across your namespace. And on top of that, you most likely have groups in your organization using any number of disparate cloud services. Each workload has its own unique requirements, and they all need different capabilities and features that not every cloud or cloud service can provide.

If you’re thinking, “That sounds like a recipe for complexity,” you’d be right. Managing all of these different clouds and cloud services to make sure that data is where it is supposed to be at the right time, with the right level of security and compliance is a monumental task. Fortunately, NetApp has the tools in its portfolio to make that a whole lot easier.

In a blog I wrote a while back, I talked about how NetApp cloud services make any SRE’s (site reliability engineer) job better. For people like me whose job it is to make sure that infrastructure stays on, apps keep running, and data keeps flowing, a unified Data Fabric is essential—and that’s something only NetApp can provide. But how does it do that? And how can you architect your infrastructure right from the start to get the most out of your data?

Don’t be fooled by all of those “storage” products in NetApp’s portfolio. NetApp is more than a storage company. In fact, NetApp has been a data management company from day one. For over 25 years, NetApp has been an innovator and an industry leader in helping you manage your data from the ground up, and from the cloud down. NetApp understands that you need your data to be available, flexible, and valuable 24/7. No matter what your requirements are, NetApp has products in its portfolio to help you do that.

So how do you get started? NetApp Cloud Services make it easy for you to go online and, with a credit card and a click of a button, start reaping the benefits of modern, cloud-enabled data management. But what if you’ve already got on-prem storage that you need to integrate? What about all those cloud services that your dev teams are using?

To really get the most value out of your data wherever it lives, you have to have a plan. You have to think about your infrastructure from the ground up with data in mind. With NetApp, it’s not just about the technology: it’s about the intelligent integration of everything in your environment to extract maximum value from your data and turn IT into a viable business solution, not just a cost center.

Having a plan and being smart about how your organization consumes resources across different cloud and on-premises sources requires buy-in from the whole organization. There’s a real temptation to simply add another silo to get something done, but all you’re doing is adding complexity, and ultimately, putting your organization’s data and reputation at risk. The transition to a unified data management methodology takes an organization-wide pivot.

Fortunately, with NetApp, it’s easy to get that buy-in. NetApp has a whole set of tools and features to help demonstrate the benefits of a unified data architecture that’s built for dynamic, fast-paced, hybrid cloud infrastructures. Using capabilities like Cloud Insights, you can see at a glance how you can optimize your storage resources and gain insights from across your application stack. NetApp helps you and your stakeholders see the forest for the trees, and look at your entire infrastructure as being a singular tool to help your organization get the most value out of your data.

Learn more about what NetApp Cloud Services can do for you at Cloud Central.

Sid Sonnier

Sid Sonnier is an IT Consultant at 4th and Bailey with 20 years of IT infrastructure experience primarily in the energy sector. Sid is consulting at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) while they transition their applications and databases onto multiple NetApp platforms. He is excited about the opportunities that present itself in the cloud using tools within NetApp’s Data fabric. Sid is a whiskey and scotch enthusiast, and is currently on what he calls a “whiskey tour around the world by the bottle.” His favorites include Balvenie 14-year Caribbean Cask, Green Spot Irish Whiskey, and Jack Daniels Single Barrel. He loves to do whiskey tastings with friends while discussing the flavors discovered with each sip. His friends call him the Whiskey Podna (friend). He’s also a diehard Carolina Panthers football fan.

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