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NetApp and Microsoft sign strategic partnership

Strategic agreement to focus on virtualisation, cloud computing and storage and data management

NetApp and Microsoft sign strategic partnership
The strategic agreement will build on NetApp's existing work with Microsoft, says Georgens.

NetApp and Microsoft have signed a new strategic agreement to collaborate on product development, technical integration and marketing.

The three year agreement will see the two companies work together in areas such as virtualization, private cloud computing, and storage and data management. Microsoft and NetApp already collaborate in a number of areas, but the agreement is the first formal deal.

Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of infrastructure server marketing, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft commented: "Microsoft is committed to driving highly scalable dynamic datacentre solutions with innovative partners like NetApp. Through the deeper integration of server, virtualization, management and storage technologies, Microsoft and NetApp customers can expect data centre solutions that help them reduce costs, increase performance and reach new levels of efficiency."

"The NetApp and Microsoft alliance has helped thousands of enterprise customers around the world do more with less. We are excited about the opportunity we have to build on this success and together help our mutual customers design and implement truly dynamic data centres that can dramatically reduce costs and increase availability, flexibility, and ease of use," said Tom Georgens, president and CEO of NetApp.

Among the areas for collaboration are virtualized infrastructure solutions based on Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center and NetApp storage systems; storage and data management solutions for Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, and Microsoft SQL Serve and cloud computing and hosted services solutions.

The deal will also include the use of Microsoft Technology Centres as proof of concept hosts for joint solutions, and joint engagement with systems integrators and channel partners.

Last month, NetApp also announced that it had strengthened its global partnership with Fujitsu, which is focused on storage and data management solutions.

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