NetApp plays Spot the difference in cloud services build-out Blocks and Files – Blocks and Files

NetApp today issued a fistful of public cloud announcements at the NetApp Insight conference, covering containerised app deployment, predictive monitoring and Windows VDI.

The new containerised app deployment service springs from NetApps acquisition of Spot, a cloud broker, in June. Today, the company introduces Spot Storage, a storageless service that works with Spot Ocean, an existing serverless facility. The launch means that Spot now abstracts server and storage details from Kubernetes-deployed container.s

Spot Ocean sets up serverless containerised app instances in the public cloud. Serverless means the cloud service provider (CSP) sets up the server instances needed to run the application containers. The CSP also manages the details for Spot Storage, which means the user does not need to specify volume capacity, throughput, storage class and so forth.

B&F expects NetApp to provide integration between Spot and its Project Astra Kubernetes data lifecycle software,

NetApp today launched NetApp Cloud Manager, a public cloud-hosted service. This is a new autonomous cloud volume platform, providing a single experience to manage NetApp hybrid, multi cloud storage and data services [with] full visibility and control across on premises, Azure, AWS and GCP storage.

However it actually seems to be not entirely new NetApp mentioned this in January 2018; Hybrid Cloud Management with NetApp Cloud Manager (formerly OnCommand Cloud Manager).

Cloud Manager in 2018 provided a single-pane view of your storage system irrespective of whether your system is deploying in AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, or on-premises; not a lot different from what NetApp is announcing today.

OnCommand provided a cloud storage service catalogue, facilities to analyse cloud storage delivery, automated data and virtual machine (VM) movement, and user self-service, as far back as 2011.

We have asked NetApp what is new here. We will report back if we find out more.

NetApps new Windows VDI deployment service hails from the companys CloudJumper acquisition in April.

The NetApp Virtual Desktop Management Service orchestrates Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in AWS, Azure and GCP as well as on private clouds. The fully managed, cloud-based service is accompanied by a validated hybrid cloud virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) design.

VDS automates many tasks such as setting up SMB file shares (for user profiles, shared data, and the user home drive), enabling Windows features, application and agent installation, a firewall, and policies. The VDS offering specifically supports Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) on Microsoft Azure.

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