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NetApp prepares to play in the cloud in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Sept. 24, 2009
Expects 30 per cent growth in the country

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 SEPTEMBER 2009 -- A suite of cloud computing solutions and services has been launched by storage solutions firm NetApp Malaysia, which expects more than 30 per cent growth in business by the end of 2010.

Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, NetApp Singapore technology consultant Sathish Murthy said a new operating system, Data ONTAP 8 OS (operating system), is catered specially for cloud computing usage.

"In addition, continuing to work with our strategy of partnerships will lead to 30 per cent growth by the end of 2010 in Malaysia," said NetApp country manager, Malaysia and Brunei, Mano Govindaraju.

"Year-on-year growth for Malaysia doubled from 8.2 per cent to 15.1 per cent, according to IDC Asia Pacific Quarterly Tracker for second quarter, 2009," said Govindaraju, who added that the clients were from the financial services, telecommunications, government, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors.

He said NetApp has close relationships with IT vendors and value added resellers to provide enterprise customers with the technology and solutions needed to build their cloud infrastructures. "Partners include Microsoft, SAP, Citrix, Cisco, Oracle, VMware, Avnet Technology Solutions, and Tata Communications."

Meeting security concerns

"Secure multi-tenancy, data mobility, and storage efficiency are among the requirements of companies," said Murthy, speaking of the Data ONTAP OS. "Not least is integrated data protection."

"To meet security concerns, many companies are currently opting for private cloud models," said Murthy, who said the newly-launched suite of cloud products also included:

• NetApp Data Motion, to help move data across storage systems with zero application downtime.

• Performance Acceleration Module II, the second generation of flash technology-based caching modules.

• NetApp Dynamic Data Centre (NDDC) service, which comprises three components to provide customers with a solution to deliver ITaaS (IT-as-a-service)

"Dynamic data centre solution and fast start workshop programmes would help kickstart and raise awareness," said Murthy.


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