Adam Fore director Virtualization and Cloud Solutions Marketing at NetApp

Adam Fore, director, Virtualization and Cloud Solutions Marketing at NetApp

NetApp, VMware Partner on Integrated EVO: RAIL Solution

NetApp and VMware announced the NetApp Integrated EVO: RAIL Solution, designed to help small enterprises manage their virtual business applications.

NetApp (NTAP) and VMware (VMW) have unveiled the forthcoming NetApp Integrated EVO: RAIL Solution, a new infrastructure solution that combines NetApp’s ONTAP data management with EVO: RAIL.

NetApp EVO is designed as a simplified version of the company’s Flexpod technology for departmental, remote and branch office environments with limited IT personnel, according to the company. The solution will allow customers and partners to deploy and manage their virtual business applications in smaller offices while incorporating them into the larger Flexpod-managed enterprise environment, including cloud integration.

“This solution will help [customers] to better their enterprise departmental and branch sites by helping them transform those sites into a much more agile and efficient infrastructure that supports their entire environment and also integrates that in with their enterprise wide data fabric,” said Adam Fore, director, Virtualization and Cloud Solutions Marketing at NetApp, in an interview with The VAR Guy. “This system makes it easier to make that transformation.”

NetApp EVO integrates with both the enterprise data center and public clouds, allowing branch offices to deliver a scalable, fixed-size system with unified management, according to the company. The solution is built on a software-defined architecture for complete programmability and supports any data type, from virtual images to end user data.

“NetApp and VMware are uniquely positioned to bring the benefits of an enterprise-class hyper-converged infrastructure to smaller departmental, remote, and branch office environments with limited IT personnel,” said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, Software-Defined Data Center Division at VMware. “NetApp is creatively finding new ways to speed the deployment of virtualized infrastructure by solving for the form factor, support and cloud questions that every customer with limited IT staff is asking.”

NetApp EVO is expected to release in early 2015, although a specific release window has not been confirmed.

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