We published some news today with NetApp; see here. In short, Microsoft and NetApp...

today announced a new three-year agreement that deepens product collaboration and technical integration, and extends joint sales and marketing activities to customers worldwide. Under the new agreement, the two companies will collaborate and deliver technology solutions that span virtualization, private cloud computing, and storage and data management, enabling customers to increase data center management efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve business agility.

 As NetApp's partner site states, we'll work with NetApp to sell/market disaster recovery solutions using NetApp HA and DR storage with Hyper-V and System Center. There's a sample customer blueprint (.pdf) here with datacenter configs. And there's datacenter consolidation solutions, which are discussed in this white paper (here).

 Above and beyond this, examples of technical integration include

  • the creation of NetApp's SnapManager for Hyper-V, which integrates their storage with Hyper-V and supports CSV.
  • NetApp management pack for System Center Operations Manager

In addition, NetApp is working with the Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit for enterprises and Powershell commandlets to rapidly provision VMs as the foundation for private cloud computing environments.

Patrick O'Rourke