NetApp Federal executive Rob Stein sat down with ExecutiveBiz recently to discuss a number of topics, including his thoughts on the rise of cloud computing.
“I really believe cloud computing offers a significant opportunity for the federal government to transform the way IT is both bought and delivered. NetApp in fact has seen a significant number of its customers move from a traditional capital-expenditure approach to a managed-service model which really moves the cost, the effort and some of the risk to the service provider. A lot of our growth over the last 18 to 24 months has been with companies and organizations that are delivering cloud computing to their customers. We are the storage infrastructure behind a significant number of enterprise-class mission critical applications including applications as varied as the largest SAP instance in the world, an airline reservation system that can never go down, on demand music or simply email for some of the largest government agencies. NetApp is enabling several federal cloud computing providers to deliver secure, shared infrastructure to which federal agencies can move their mission critical applications.”