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Published on Oct 9, 2012
Dave Vellante with The Cube and Co-Founder of Wikibon spoke with Brendon Howe, Vice President of Product and Solutions Marketing with NetApp at Oracle Open World 2012.
In regards to the relationship between NetApp and Oracle, Howe points out, "Our mission in life is to be best-in-class integration partners with the ecosystems that we sell into." Oracle is a tremendous force in the industry around enterprise applications and computing, that one has to be a part of that ecosystem. NetApp collaborates with Oracle on many opportunities including: support matrix, integration and custom development projects.
Howe announces, "We have our first ever integration into Oracle Enterprise Manager. It's our version 1.0 storage plug in. I think it's consistent with the type of approach that we've tried to do with Vmware, Microsoft and a lot of others where customers that are using those types of platforms can take advantage of NetApp capability without having to have NetApp specific management tools." This will streamline the process and deeply integrate into those platforms to give customers a better experience with their product.
FlexPod plays well in a VMware environment, Howe adds, "Our mission is to continue to drive solutions that are developed with best-of-breed components. That's what FlexPod is all about as a program, as a set of products throughout the company and our partners." Oracle is certainly a leader in that type of market, who doesn't necessarily embrace VMware. The Oracle components of FlexPod as technical enablement and deep integration, can ultimately accelerate customers.
Cisco is considered a tight partner with NetApp due to common goals, initiatives and skill-sets. Howe continues, "I just think there is good, natural alignment with Cisco's server and networking capabilities and brand, frankly, to what NetApp brings to the table in the back end."
NetApp, from a solutions standpoint, considers Flash to be the disruption force that affects every layer. There are roles for the use of Flash technology throughout the entire solutions stack. Howe adds, "What you would expect to see on the solutions side is more front-to-back integration architecture to take advantage of Flash without necessarily having to own every step along the way." The methedology is solutions focused. Conceptually, building tight integration will give customers the best-in-class solutions.