Hybrid cloud adoption is often depicted as a journey toward a fixed destination, with statistics marshaled to support this view: 80% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy, 92% plan to utilize multiple clouds – with many already using 8 or more clouds from multiple vendors. What the numbers don’t reveal, however, is that each organization is on its own distinct hybrid path, defined by legacy IT environment, industry-specific needs, and other factors. As announced today, NetApp’s hybrid cloud portfolio lets organizations take these unique paths by combining the flexibility to choose cloud partners with simplicity of management across on-premises, public, and hybrid cloud environments.
Although each organization’s cloud journey is different, there is a common set of business drivers and objectives compelling them to pursue a hybrid cloud approach. Many companies move enterprise workloads to the cloud, seeking to leverage its abundant benefits without sacrificing the security and dependability of the on-premises environment. Likewise, most enterprises now view hybrid cloud as the path to faster application development and speedier deployment of edge-focused AI applications. The question is, can enterprises operate effectively across on premises, edge, and public cloud? For the majority of enterprises seeking to embrace a hybrid cloud model, the ability to easily manage data among clouds – as well as to and from edge applications – remains a significant concern.
Kim Stevenson is Senior Vice President and General Manager of NetApp’s Foundational Data Services Business Unit (FDSBU), our largest business unit and helping to lead the charge into a new technology era. Kim most recently served as a senior executive with Lenovo as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Data Center Group. With diverse experience spanning finance, services, and marketing, COO and CIO leadership roles at Intel, IBM, EDS, and HPE, and having served on numerous boards of directors for leading tech innovators, Kim brings a truly unique and well-rounded perspective to NetApp. She uses this diverse experience to tackle the business challenges customers care about most and simplify the overall IT experience for a world that is growing only more complex. Kim has won numerous awards including Silicon Valley Business Journal's Best CIO and Evanta Top 10 Breakaway Leader, Huffington Post's Most Social CIO as well as the CIO 100 award by CIO.com. She was named the Woman of Excellence Digital Trailblazer by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE). In 2015, she won the Forbes CIO Innovation Award. Currently serving on the board of Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc. and Skyworks Solutions Inc., Kim holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University. In her free time, Kim is an avid tennis player and enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding.