Partner Insights: Q&A with Geoff Tudor, Sr. Director for Hyperscaler Cloud Solutions at NetApp


NetApp is a global cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere.

NetApp supports Google on the NetApp platform in Cologix’s MTL10 data center with plans to expand to other Cologix facilities in Vancouver and Toronto. We reached out to Geoff Tudor, Senior Director of Hyperscaler Cloud Solutions at NetApp, to discuss how NetApp can help Cologix’s customers with their digital transformation journey.

Q: Tell us more about NetApp. Why is it important for enterprises to understand the elements of their data fabric?

A:  For nearly three decades, NetApp has maintained a laser focus on innovations that help our customers build stronger, smarter, and more efficient infrastructures. We help them build a data fabric with consistent data services integrated across their choice of on-premises, hybrid, and public cloud. We deliver the right data and applications to the right place, at the right time, and with the right capabilities. When it comes to our customers’ business, we’ll meet them where they are, seek to understand where they want to go, and then help them get there with a data fabric designed for simplicity and agility.

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Q: Why and when should Cologix’s customers choose using NetApp?

A:  NetApp is uniquely positioned to help customers transition to Google Cloud infrastructure. Together, we have created the ultimate toolkit of integrated services to help you manage your data and quickly migrate even the most complex enterprise applications.

Saving on costs is one of many great benefits you get when you work with NetApp and Google Cloud. And our advanced cloud data services help fulfill the promise of cloud—faster and more easily—for even the most complex enterprise applications.

Q: What types of businesses can benefit from using NetApp’s products and solutions?

A: Data is at the heart of any business. Any enterprise that wants to become more agile, more efficient, and innovate faster is going to benefit from NetApp in Google Cloud. We have seen retailers, manufacturers, healthcare companies and financial institutions accelerate their journey by migrating their data from on-premises datacenters into NetApp on Google Cloud. And the trend is not only continuing–it is accelerating.

Q: How do customers in Cologix data centers get started with NetApp?  

A: NetApp’s Cloud Volumes Service builds on a unified data fabric between the Cologix data center and the Google Cloud Platform. This results in superior connectivity with simplified management, limitless flexibility to adapt as needs change, and knowing your storage platform is running at peak efficiency.

Q: NetApp is partnering with Cologix at one of its data centers in Montreal. Do you have plans to expand this partnership throughout the remaining Cologix data centers in Canada?

A: Cologix and NetApp continue to pursue ways to expand the partnership, support the growth of hyperscalers, and will continue to identify key strategic edge markets.


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