The unbound cloud

If there is anything that the technology community should understand well, it’s the difference one letter can make. In development, for an application to function, each line and character of the code must be entirely, consistently correct.
So too with a successful cloud-deployment strategy, in which the one character that determines the difference between gaining tremendous benefits and creating inefficient chaos quite frequently is the letter S.
Why? Because organizations that rush into a cloud architecture without foresight often find themselves tangled in fragmented, confusing and heavily siloed data infrastructures. Rather than move their data into the cloud, they realize that they pushed it onto several disjointed clouds — with an S — ironically intensifying the very challenges in which they heavily invested time and resources to mitigate.
At NetApp, we strongly believe in what we call the “unbound cloud”: an aligned, flexible hybrid architecture that allows IT to leverage its role as broker of services to full strategic advantage. Some infrastructures are developed and managed on the premises; some are outsourced to a service provider; and some are rented from a hyperscaler, such as Amazon or Microsoft.
The unbound cloud empowers the best choice of IT environment for the business process, without compromising security, policy management, data protection and availability, or consistency.
For IT today, this consistency without compromise is increasingly critical. As we keep witnessing, the lack of a long-term strategy and architecture leads to the creation of fragmented and chaotic data environments that can be quite difficult — and costly — to unravel.
–George Kurian, EVP of Product Operations, NetApp