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Cloud Cost Optimization

Being able to deploy workloads where they make the most sense for your business, including the right mix of public cloud services, can shorten time to value, gain operational efficiency, and accelerate your business. What may be the best kept secret in tech is that GDT Partner NetApp, who is well known as a longstanding leader in storage technology with over 27 years of innovation and 30,000 worldwide customers, is incredibly capable of helping you use more cloud for less cost.

The Key is to Optimize
The recent Andreesen Horowitz Blog, The Cost of Cloud, a Trillion Dollar Paradox, which highlights the long-term cost of cloud and its impact on a company’s margin and valuation, identifies the balancing act that we all are faced with: Cost vs. Agility. Cloud is an enabler and accelerator, and it also can be financially surprising as you scale. The key is to adopt and deploy with optimization and flexibility that keeps the control of cost and agility in your hands, not the cloud providers – by design from day one and into day two and beyond.

NetApp’s strategy for cloud optimization covers three pillars: Storage, Compute and Desktop.

Optimize Cloud Storage
Despite being named the World’s #1 Data Storage OS, Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for Primary Storage, and IDC Leader for Scale-Out File Based Storage, and experiencing 192% cloud growth year over year, NetApp may still the best kept secret in cloud storage. NetApp is the only data management, data services, and data storage company today that offers a complete hybrid multi-cloud experience across AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and on-premises. NetApp further differentiates itself with a broad portfolio of data services which include data synchronization and portability, compliance governance, backup and more. NetApp builds on a multi-protocol cloud storage suite and delivers:

  • Cloud analytics: user behavior, cost management, and infrastructure monitoring
  • Cloud controls: orchestration of virtual machine and container-based workloads
  • Cloud data services: tiering, compression, dedupe, snapshots, and backups
  • Cloud storage: SMB, NFS, and iSCSI

The net impact is up to 90% savings on cloud storage when using NetApp vs. cloud-native offerings.

Optimize Cloud Compute
For the average enterprise, cloud compute averages approximately 60% of the monthly bill. While there are many tools and options for understanding how to optimize the cost of cloud compute, NetApp stands apart. Spot by NetApp takes it a step further by offering an availability service level that exceeds the cloud provider’s native availability and, perhaps more importantly, adds automation to cost savings. The impact is that compute costs are always optimized across on-demand, reserved instances, and spot instances.

Spot can act on a customer’s behalf to continuously optimize availability and cost while ensuring that your workloads have the compute resources they need. In the context of containerized workloads and SPARK based pipelines, Spot can automate and optimize node compute resources, availability, and provisioning of your applications.

The net impact is up to 90% savings on cloud compute when using Spot by NetApp.

Optimize End User Compute
Spot PC, which is now available in preview mode, delivers enterprise-class cloud desktops as a service. Building on the previous acquisitions of CloudJumper for a virtual desktop control plane, Talon for global file caching, and Spot and Cloud Volumes for optimized storage and compute resource utilization, Spot PC offers:

  • Fully managed cloud desktops supporting Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 Cloud PCs
  • Simple and rapid onboarding, data migration, and application and image lifecycle management
  • Continuous resource optimization
  • Rich visibility and analytics with cross-tenant visibility into session server health and user session performance
  • Integrated security and data protection with integrated backup and data governance

Cloud desktops are the next evolution of modern workplaces. NetApp delivers cloud desktop solutions to enable customers to meet their modern workplace needs, goals and accelerate time to productivity. Spot PC delivers cloud desktop environments that are fully managed, highly secure, optimized with rich analytics.

The net impact is up to 50% less cost than other like solutions.

Bring Data Services to the Cloud
Data services shouldn’t be limited to the data center; they are essential for IT transformation in the cloud. NetApp believes everyone deserves flexibility and freedom of choice to place their data where it makes the most sense and provides the most value. To that end, they provide a consistent, reliable, optimized, and performant fabric of data services and management framework, which NetApp will often refer to as their Data Fabric Platform. Their data fabric platform offers the best of both on-premise and public cloud; they bring the simplicity and flexibility of the cloud to the data center and bring enterprise data services to the cloud.

With NetApp, you get your cloud, your way, always. When you choose NetApp, you choose:

  • A global leader in storage technology
  • The tools to connect, integrate, optimize, protect, monitor, and analyze data
  • A proven record for running business-critical app in the cloud
  • Native cloud services with deep public cloud integration

NetApp has a strategic platform that enables faster cloud adoption with less risk, better performance, better availability, and better cost. Let GDT show you how we can optimize your cloud adoption, deployments, and operations and prove that with NetApp, more cloud = less cost.


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