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HotLink Collaborates with NetApp to Extend NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services to VMware Environments
HotLink Corporation today announced a secure, high performance hybrid IT solution spanning VMware environments and Amazon Web Services using NetApp® Private Storage for Amazon Web Services and HotLink’s award-winning transformation technology and VMware vCenter plug-in solutions. The solution integrates the market-leading VMware vCenter management with enterprise-proven NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services (AWS); low-cost, pay-as-you-go computing of Amazon EC2; and high-speed, low-latency AWS Direct Connect.  The result is a fully integrated, high-performance hybrid IT infrastructure for VMware environments with a total cost of ownership that is second to none.

NetApp Private Storage for AWS enables enterprises to build an agile infrastructure that accommodates a mix of VMware and AWS resources to best meet business needs and economic interests while providing control and data mobility. When combined with qualified AWS direct Connect service providers, customers have sub-5 millisecond response times between NetApp storage and AWS for the lowest latency hybrid IT environment available. HotLink’s patented transformation technology provides the management and workload interoperability between VMware and AWS that completes the solution stack providing easy and cost-effective, hybrid on- and off- premises use cases, including comprehensive data protection and cloud bursting for VMware customers.

“In order to gain the full benefits of flexibility, scalability and cost savings of public cloud, IT administrators need methods and technologies to combine public cloud and private data center resources in a holistic fashion,” said Lee Gates, director Cloud Solutions at NetApp. “By leveraging HotLink, NetApp, AWS and Direct Connect, we offer customers unified hybrid management, workload portability, complete data control, low-latency data transfer, and the attractive economics and scalable compute power of AWS.”

Key use cases for enterprises and service providers include disaster recovery and business continuity,  cloud bursting for peak load, and development and test — all benefiting from the high-performance, low-cost hybrid IT solution. Capabilities include:

  • The security, flexibility and scale of NetApp Private Storage for AWS extended to VMware environments;
  • The ability to dynamically adjust private infrastructure and public cloud resources and easily manage the hybrid pool using customers’ on-premise VMware vCenter infrastructure;
  • Operational recovery in Amazon EC2 within minutes of an on-premises VMware failure;
  • Complete data control and low-latency data transfer using NetApp Private Storage for AWS;
  • Fully integrated and automated bi-directional workload conversions between on-premises VMware and off-premises AWS; and
  • When combined with qualified AWS Direct Connect service providers, the lowest latency hybrid environment available.

Brian Lillie, chief information officer at Equinix, an interconnection data center and global colocation service and AWS Direct Connect provider, said, “We find many enterprises are looking for methods to leverage public cloud more fully for a number of use cases, including disaster recovery and business continuity. Our customers gain greater efficiencies and costs savings when we can combine the speed of Direct Connect with the high-performance of NetApp Private Storage for AWS, and the complete integration and interoperability to on-premises VMware management environments using HotLink.” Lillie recently joined HotLink’s CIO advisory board, which includes CIOs from industry-leading companies such as Facebook, ETRADE, Clorox, AstraZeneca, Citrix, BMC and more.

HotLink also announced today its membership in the NetApp Alliance Partner Program. HotLink will continue to work with NetApp to ensure tight integration between HotLink solutions and NetApp Private Storage for AWS to dramatically simplify IT management and reduce the cost of hybrid computing infrastructures.

“AWS provides practically unlimited compute resources at a trivial cost that’s affordable for any size IT shop. However, integrating existing data center operations with public cloud resources and managing data and workloads across both platforms historically posed huge IT challenges,” said Lynn LeBlanc, CEO and founder of HotLink. “By combining HotLink’s transformation technology and NetApp Private Storage for AWS, companies can unify hybrid management, easily move workloads, retain control of their data and leverage AWS’s scalable compute power and unique pay-as-you-go economics — all critical components of an effective hybrid IT strategy.”


The solution is immediately available through a network of VARs in North America, including Blue River Information Technology, Clearpath Solutions Group, Day1 Solutions and Integrated Archive Systems.

HotLink will demonstrate its hybrid management solutions and NetApp Private Storage for AWS integration at re:Invent booth #1014 and at NetApp booth #301 in Las Vegas from November 12 to 15, 2013.

Published Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7:26 AM by David Marshall
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