What an incredible honor it is for every one of us here at NetApp to be recognized by Google Cloud as a Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year for Infrastructure. This makes it two years in a row which is a proud and humbling moment for NetApp, particularly in this uncertain and worrying time when our employees are still working as hard as ever from their homes with family duties through the day,
The award is in the Infrastructure category, where NetApp has worked tirelessly to help our customers confidently accelerate their enterprise cloud journey with Google Cloud. This recognition highlights our success developing joint Google Cloud products and building relationships to help transform our customers’ businesses.
A critical aspect for our customers embracing the agility and efficiency benefits of the cloud is that they need to know that their data stored in the cloud is secure and in the right place, for the right cost, at scale. To achieve these goals, they are building data fabrics that provide maximum flexibility as they move to cloud environments.
Our partnership with Google Cloud provides a very unique approach for customers to unlock the power of their data with tightly integrated, enterprise-class cloud storage solutions that are optimized and validated for Google Cloud.
NetApp’s data services and solutions help customers effectively manage their transition from on-premises to hybrid and multicloud environments.
My colleague Anthony Lye who heads our Cloud Business points out that how we approach helping our customers leverage the public cloud to drive innovation and business outcomes aligns extremely well with the approach Google Cloud is pursuing on premises and off. Here is how he explains NetApp’s offering:
“With powerful NetApp enterprise data services and solutions tightly integrated into Google Cloud environments, organizations can achieve advanced data management and unprecedented performance to truly take advantage of Google Cloud’s innovative leadership in application development, analytics, and machine learning.”—Anthony Lye, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Data Services, NetApp.
James Whitemore is the Chief Marketing Officer at NetApp. He is responsible for advancing the company’s global marketing strategy and strengthening market recognition to accelerate growth. As a veteran of the cloud computing, networking and storage industry, James has more than 25 years of experience leading and implementing successful global sales, product management and marketing strategies. A key part of the team since joining NetApp via the SolidFire acquisition in early 2016, James has been central to the development and execution of our Marketing strategy to reposition NetApp from storage to data and the cloud. In his previous role as VP of Field & Demand Marketing at NetApp, James built and led a modern demand engine as well as managed Field and Partner Marketing, Demand Centers, Global Campaigns, Event Marketing, Digital Marketing, Social, Influence and Community Marketing. As CMO at SolidFire, James led the mission to advance the way the world uses cloud and was responsible for all corporate, product, and field marketing functions. Prior to SolidFire, James has led sales and marketing functions in cloud orientated start-up companies holding a variety of sales and marketing positions in Europe, Asia and the U.S. with SAVVIS, Sun Microsystems, IBM, StorageTek and Standard Telephones and Cables. James holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Northumbria University in the UK.