Data Fabric is NetApp's answer to secure and seamless data management

By Madhav Mohan Jun 2nd 2017
Data Fabric is NetApp's answer to secure and seamless data management

Rajender Singh Bhandari of NetApp discusses how NetApp’s technologies help customers design hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud will be the dominant IT model for the foreseeable future. According to Gartner, 90 percent of the organizations will implement hybrid infrastructure management capabilities by 2020. On that note, ChannelWorld India caught up with Rajender Singh Bhandari, director–Systems Engineering, Marketing and Services, NetApp, to discuss why hybrid cloud is going to be a game changer this year and how NetApp is building a Data Fabric for the hybrid cloud that seamlessly connects resources and allows data management, movement and protection across internal and external cloud services.

You said that hybrid cloud is going to be a game changer this year. Why do you think it is a dominant IT model for the foreseeable future for enterprises?

According to a report, 65 percent of organizations in the APAC region are implementing the hybrid cloud. This shows that organizations are looking at looking at hybrid cloud as a dominant architecture for workload deployment. Telcos and banks are adopting Hybrid cloud. Banks would like to put apps like DevOps in the private cloud and backup and long term archival in public cloud.  

With the hybrid cloud model, organizations have the flexibility and agility over the cloud. For example, organizations can control the data which is mission critical for them in the private cloud and other kinds of data in public. In short, they have the flexibility to transport data between the two. The BFSI wants sensitive data to be stored on the premises.

What kind of visibility and control over business resources should organizations have while deploying hybrid cloud?  

Today, data management is a big challenge for Hybrid cloud deployment. So, it is important for the businesses to have a consistent data transport which connects the cloud tier–public, private, local cloud service provider and have the same data sets that transport flexibility and control of data.

How does NetApp build a Data Fabric for the hybrid cloud that seamlessly connects resources and allows data management, movement and protection across internal and external cloud services?

We have multiple solutions for a customer to deploy data sets at an appropriate cloud tier—private, public or a local cloud service provider. We provide services to the customer through workshops and tell them to identify the data first.

We help them to create a hybrid cloud infrastructure through services by using Data Fabric components—tap on cloud, NetApp Private Storage (NPS) or AltaVault based on the usage the customer is looking at. For instance, if customer wants a back up on the cloud, we provide architectural services in order to help them to design hybrid cloud infrastructure with NetApp technologies.

You're heavily involved with product development here. As compared to your competitors in the storage industry, what are the things that you see NetApp doing that isn't getting done elsewhere?

Recently, we opened a research and development center (R&D), with an investment of over 1000 crores. We get feedback from the customers which help us to introduce new feature sets in our products. At present, the R&D team in Bangalore is involved in customer feedback and interaction, which help us to make our product roadmap.

What is NetApp's vision with respect to data management in future? And this year, what are you excited about?

Our vision of data management is technology architecture called Data Fabric. It helps to manage data growth effectively and have real time insight on data. We help the customers to boom their data seamlessly across multiple cloud service providers. Importantly, we manage the exponential data growth.

We are excited about hyper-converged infrastructure, and will plug it to our Data Fabric architecture. At the same time, we are excited about flash. Businesses are looking to deploy flash, as it is highly efficient. As we have a differentiated flash portfolio, we see an increase in customer adoption of our flash portfolio, catering to all kinds of workloads.

Interestingly, in last quarter, NetApp was the top flash array player with 28 percent market share.

Edited by : Vaishnavi J Desai

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