The second stage of the NetApp transformation strategy emphasizes expanding their market to buyers beyond traditional storage and infrastructure decision makers, and they think FlexPod SF will help them there.
The Hedvig software-defined technology collapses disparate tiers of storage and unifies block, file, and object interfaces in a single platform, providing HPE and its partners with a capability not otherwise available to them through HPE.
DataGravity for Availability is a separate product that sits on top of Veeam, and provides it with a behavior-driven security capability. For now, it only works with Veeam, but the plan is to ultimately extend it to other vendors.
The new Atlantis integration with Citrix brings its VDI infrastructure directly into Citrix management interfaces, while the new partnering with Rancher Labs integrates Atlantis’ management interface with theirs to better manage containers.
For Nimble, the Lenovo partnership massively expands their route to market, with a series of new appliances that combine the two companies’ technology, and which will go to market through Lenovo and its channel.
Stantive, which had a long relationship with Salesforce as a customer before becoming a business partner during the past decade, is now building out its own channel for its CMS solution and seeing strong results.
Workspot makes a native cloud-based VDI solution which is simple to install and use. Hyper-converged vendors are one of their routes to market, and this new agreement makes available a reference configuration for Workspot VDI on the HPE HyperConverged 380.
The two companies have been long-time partners around VDI, but this extension of their relationship makes a very low cost hyper-converged offering, which combines Atlantis’ hyper-converged infrastructure with the full Xen stack, available to any certified Citrix partner.
Key elements include Azure becoming Citrix’s preferred cloud platform, and Microsoft Skype for Business now being optimized for the Citrix VDI environment, the only one to receive this preferred treatment.