NetApp today revealed its strategies to strengthen its pressence in Pune.
From offering significant benefits to the existing channel partner base to furthering its reach across market segments, NetApp is focused on providing more tightly integrated and automated storage and data management solutions to their customer base. By leveraging each other's expertise, NetApp will work with the partner base in Pune to enable customers to derive greater value and efficiencies from their dynamic infrastructures.
NetApp is a 100 percent channel partner led company in India, and boasts more than 80 channel partners across the country. NetApp has more than 1,000 customers in India and has deployed greater than 6000 advanced storage systems at these sites. NetApp's partner base approximately comprises of Support Certified Partners and Sales, Pre-Sales Certified Partners across the Star, Platinum, Gold and Silver categories. The partner community in Pune includes systems integrators, distributors, and value-added resellers who focus on building intelligent and innovative solution offerings in segments like virtualization, cloud, business applications, big data, converged infrastructure and many more, while target diverse industry sectors like banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI), telecommunications, healthcare, retail, and the public sector.
Krithiwas Neelakantan, director, Channel & Alliances, India & SAARC, NetApp said while addressing the Pune market, "Pune is emerging as one of the key contributing markets in the overall scheme of things for NetApp and today we stand at 8 channel partners in this specific market. We see immense potential in this market and will continue expanding our base here."
Vinay Kumar P, Director India Key Accounts, India & SAARC, NetApp commented "The storage market is dynamic and we are focused on the customer's growing need for solutions that are efficient, flexible, and help create business breakthroughs. With our recent clustered Data ONTAP announcement our customers can now effectively leverage significant business benefits and return on investments, while consolidating and managing their data centrally, simplifying data management and lowering TCO." Pune houses customers across verticals and industries and we expect clustered storage offering to open newer opportunities for us here.'
Over the past few months, NetApp has launched and undertaken multiple enablement programs that underline its commitment towards its partners. The NASP (NetApp accredited sales professional) and the SE (Sales engineering technology) programs apart from the various NetApp conducted programs on FlexPod, high performance computing (HPC) and big data enable partners to build skills internally and provide professional consulting services to their clients. NetApp is empowering partners with the service consulting capabilities in the areas of solution implementation, VDI building, and implementing business critical applications. NetApp also believes in firmly supporting go to market activity by conducting partner specific demand generation activities in business verticals pertinent to the partner's sphere of excellence.
NetApp recently announced a new version of its flagship storage operating system - clustered Data ONTAP(R). The new software gives organizations and cloud service providers the capability to rapidly and cost effectively deliver new services and capacity with maximum application uptime. Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 cuts through the performance, availability, and efficiency limits of traditional hardware silos, empowering IT to non - disruptively align the storage infrastructure with changing business and application demands.
Software-defined storage (SDS) is one component of the emerging software-defined data center (SDDC) model, which focuses on agility in delivering IT services to application owners while improving operational and IT resource efficiency. Clustered Data ONTAP is the first storage and data management solution that makes the promise of SDS attainable today. With NetApp clustered Data ONTAP services, businesses can align IT to their strategic goals, deploy validated architectures, accelerate their path to non-disruptive operations, and achieve high levels of operational excellence.