NetApp Insight 2016: Businesses need a cloud exit strategy

At NetApp Insight conference, expert makes the case for flexible hybrid solutions

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NetApp Insight 2016: Businesses need a cloud exit strategy Wüst: Data is in the centre and not just in the data centre.
By  David Ndichu Published  November 17, 2016

Peter Wüst, senior director, emerging solutions and innovation group, NetApp EMEA, is calling for organisations to have in place a “Clexit”, or a cloud exit strategy.

Wüst was speaking during the recently concluded NetApp Insight Conference in Berlin, Germany.

Clearly, there’s a definite shift in the way organisations approach IT. Customers are shifting from buying to consuming IT and IT is becoming more relevant to businesses as businesses shift to digital services.

“Data is in the centre and not just in the data centre,” notes Wüst.

Typically, organisations are locked into a particular service provider, with little room for manoeuvre.

However, customers do not necessarily want to be locked into one cloud.

Wüst cites the example of a sudden hike in prices by a cloud service provider due to Brexit. In such a case, an organisation needs a strategy to be able to exit their cloud for whatever reason.

Secondly, most of the cloud infrastructure is situated in certain few areas of the world, which raises issues of data sovereignty and latency.

The question then is, how can an organisation move data from on-prem to public and back if need be? “Hybrid cloud is the ideal solution, combining hyperscale cloud providers, cloud service providers and the private cloud,” says Wüst.

This is what NetApp is doing with its Data Fabric, says Wüst. NetApp Data Fabric offers security, compliance, as well as the advantage of organisations owning and controlling their data with full multi-cloud advantage 

Data Fabric is NetApp’s vision of the hybrid cloud, a platform offering customers a unified view of enterprise data so that they can archive, store, access and share data seamlessly across their on-prem datacenters and cloud resources.

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