Company enhances Cloud Volumes and Azure NetApp Files with global file cache for remote office and branch office workers
Bengaluru, NFAPost: NetApp, the leader in cloud data services, announced that it acquired Talon Storage, a leader in next generation software-defined storage solutions enabling global enterprises to centralize and consolidate IT storage infrastructure to the public clouds.
The combination of NetApp Cloud Volumes technology and Talon FAST software, enterprises can seamlessly centralize data in the cloud while still maintaining a consistent branch office experience.
NetApp’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Cloud Data Services Business Unit Anthony Lye said as NetApp registers good growth in its cloud data services offerings with solutions like Cloud Volumes ONTAP®, Cloud Volumes Service, Azure NetApp Files and Cloud Insights.
“Here, we are excited about the potential that lies in front of this new combined team to deliver complete solutions for primary workloads,” said NetApp’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Cloud Data Services Business Unit Anthony Lye
NetApp’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Cloud Data Services Business Unit Anthony Lye also pointed out that NetApp shares the same vision as the team did at Talon.
“It is a unified footprint of unstructured data that all users access seamlessly, regardless of where in the world they are, as if all users and data were in the same physical location. And to do this without impacting workflow, user experience – and at a lower cost,” said NetApp’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Cloud Data Services Business Unit Anthony Lye.
NetApp’s acquisition of Talon enhances the company’s cloud data services portfolio with a market-leading solution that solves all the remote office and branch office challenges with file shares.
Talon FAST is a cloud data service that provides a “Global File Cache” service for ROBO workloads, to enable file server consolidation into a secure, globally accessible file system on our public cloud platform.
Talon’s software will integrate with NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Cloud Volumes Service and Azure NetApp Files solutions and give customers a faster path to the public cloud at a better total cost of ownership.
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CRN-reports that a couple of NetApp’s top channel partners said they are excited to see NetApp acquire Talon Storage as it will open up new opportunities with a wide range of potential customers.
Talon Storage is filling a big gap in NetApp’s offerings, said Glenn Dekhayser, field chief technology officer at Red8, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based solution provider and long-term NetApp channel partner, reports CRN.
“If there’s a large national or international company with global data, they need to replicated data and send it to remote offices. And customers today want to store that data in the cloud and make it available to the edge and managed with file locking and fast caches. NetApp has its FlexCache technology, but it works only for NFS (network file system) data,” said Dekhayser (CRN report).
However, Dekhayser said, most companies also use a lot of data stored in the CIFS (common internet file system) or SMB (server message block) protocols.
“I have possible deals for NetApp that might not go to NetApp without this capability. FlexCache is NFS only. It’s possible NetApp is losing deals because of this. This acquisition will push NetApp back in the game and help it defend its NAS business.”
John Woodall, vice president of engineering at Integrated Archive Systems, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based solution provider and long-term NetApp channel partner, also noted that Talon Storage’s FAST technology gives NetApp a way to centralize a wider range of data other than its traditional focus on data with the NFS protocol.
“Talon specifically called out its ability to work with Azure NetApp Files, Cloud Volumes Service for Google and AWS environments, and Cloud Volumes Ontap. Now NetApp has a product that federates all three hyperscalers and works with remote office and branch office data, and stitches in a layer to allow file sharing across multiple domains with a common namespace. This future-proofs NetApp Data Fabric, and is a fantastic acquisition,” said John Woodall.
Woodall said he has clients with such use cases as disaster recovery and data consolidation where the Talon Storage capabilities are increasingly important.