NetApp cloud push prompts discussion of data center future

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NetApp is among the leading disk storage vendors in the world, listed third behind Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprises in the second quarter of 2019, according to IDC. Yet the vendor’s big news at its NetApp Insight 2019 conference here this week was its Keystone program designed to help buy and build clouds.

NetApp has talked up the cloud for several years and worked hard to integrate its storage services with public cloud vendors, but its storage arrays still account for most of its revenue. The company did launch four new storage arrays today, but its executives spent little time on these products except to say they would be available to purchase through its Keystone program. Through Keystone, NetApp plans to offer all its products as data services for customers who want to move to the cloud or build private clouds.

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