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29 Dec 09 Microsoft and NetApp form a 3 year alliance on virtualization

Microsoft and NetApp announces a three-year alliance on virtualization, cloud computing and storage management.
The pact includes joint product development, technical integration, sales and marketing activities.

Finally the Hyper-V enterprise users will have a solid alternative to Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) for virtual machines live backup when using the Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) technology.

The two companies together will release architecture blueprints for disaster recovery with virtualization (like this one), snap-ins to manage the NetApp storage inside the Hyper-V console, management packs for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).

NetApp is a major storage partner of VMware, which spent remarkable effort in these years to persuade the customers that its products can integrate with VI (and now vSphere) much better than the ones offered by the VMware’s parent company EMC. For NetApp, VMware is a cash cow, despite EMC.
Nonetheless, the vendor now announces that it’s ready to become a major partner of Microsoft too, not just by supporting Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), but by signing a long-term agreement which even involves Azure.