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NetApp continues the drive to more cloud, less cost by achieving AWS Migration Competency status

There’s never been a better time to migrate workloads to the public cloud. Thousands of organizations have successfully migrated significant workloads to AWS, benefiting from substantial IT costs savings, as well as improvements in productivity, business agility, and operational resilience.

NetApp just achieved AWS Data Migration Technology Competency status. This designation certifies that our team possesses the technical knowledge, skill, and experience to help you with your AWS migration projects. With NetApp® technology, you can quickly and effectively transfer large datasets and databases from multiple sources into your target AWS resources.

Our competency is underpinned by two NetApp solutions:

  • NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP® for AWS with SnapMirror® gives you enterprise-grade data management coupled with the ability to replicate data to and from the cloud to support workload migration, DevOps, and cloud-based disaster recovery.
  • NetApp Cloud Sync is an easy-to-use cloud replication and synchronization service for transferring NAS data between on premises and cloud file or object stores, including Amazon S3.

Efficient migration is the key

These days nearly every IT decision maker has a cloud mandate. More often than not, this mandate includes a decision to get out of the bent metal landlord business and completely exit their existing private data center, or at least get to a 50/50 hybrid scenario, in 6 months or less. Tier 1 workload migration is a key milestone on this customer journey and executing a clear and comprehensive migration mandate can require enormous support — or maybe just the right support.

There’s no doubt that the public cloud will continue its rapid growth, but for many businesses moving production-level file applications to the cloud is a challenge. Sure, any migration conversation should start with the 6 R’s of migration, but what isn’t clear is the path to accomplish this task. Adding to the FUD is how enterprise file-based workloads have evolved in recent years – they’re no longer second-class cloud citizens sitting on a secondary storage tier that’s big but slow. Yes, modern file-based workloads are still big, but as any admin will attest, they are also often mission critical. Therefore, these applications need speed, enterprise-grade availability, easy management, and strong data protection.

Migration can affect nearly every workload

AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners with deep industry expertise. To receive the designation, APN Partners must showcase AWS specialized skills across industries, solutions, and workloads, while delivering solutions seamlessly to the cloud.

AWS Competencies go well beyond a company’s technical certifications and are awarded based on rigorous vetting and technical validations. There must also be a proven record of customer successes designed to support highly complex, large-scale migrations, including legacy (even custom) enterprise applications, ERP, Oracle, Linux, and Microsoft workloads.

Because NetApp shares a common vision with AWS, our obsession with customer satisfaction drives our efforts to achieve your cloud mandates, expedite development cycles, and reduce infrastructure costs by paying only for what you need. By working hand in hand with AWS as an APN Advanced Technology Partner and AWS Public Sector Partner, we can support your move to AWS.

Take enterprise grade to enterprise great

In attaining the AWS Migration Competency, along with our existing Storage Competency designation, NetApp continues to reinforce the storage analysts’ (Gartner and IDC, for example) perception of us as industry leaders for storage of your most demanding Linux and Windows file workloads. This competency status distinguishes NetApp as an APN member with a technical proficiency for data migration and workload mobility of modern IT applications.

NetApp helps you maximize the value of cloud infrastructure, lower TCO, increase ROI, and accelerate innovation. You can rest easy knowing that you have a cloud specialist working for you.

In Summary

Migrating workloads can be a big project and will have a significant effect on your corporation. If you strategically approach migration with careful planning and execution the process can feel like smooth sailing. For more insight into how fast you can migrate to AWS, watch this webcast: The Basics of Migrating to the Cloud with AWS and Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

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Product Marketing Manager, Cloud Data Services