Equinix, NetApp team up on private storage for AWS

Summary:The idea behind the Equinix-NetApp collaboration is to offer cost and scaling benefits associated with the public cloud while having the control and security levels typically associated with private clouds.

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Equinix and NetApp are teaming up on a new private storage scheme directed at Amazon Web Services customers.

Enter the NetApp Private Storage for AWS in Equinix International Business Exchange data centers.

Once you get past the mouthful of a name, the new platform is touted to enable organizations to leverage on-demand cloud compute services while retaining full control of their data.

How it is said to work is that by leveraging AWS Direct Connect access within Platform Equinix, customers with heavy storage and compute needs can combine with NetApp Private Storage.

The idea is to get all of the cost and scaling benefits associated with the public cloud while having the control and security levels typically associated with private cloud environments.

Prior to this, Equinix boasted that NetApp Private Storage for public cloud services (when deployed on its global data services platform) allowed companies to maintain control of their data in compliance with "the most stringent privacy and security standards" while still delivering sub-5ms performance.

Now, with this private option, businesses should be able to still balance private and public cloud resources, which Equinix asserted can't be done from a single corporate data center.

The NetApp Private Storage option is also described to offer public cloud services for a wide range of applications, including big data analytics, tiered data back-up and recovery, and cost-effective disaster recovery.

Topics: Storage, Amazon, Cloud, Data Centers, Networking

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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