NetApp plans to distribute the new architecture through its channel of value-added resellers (VAR), such as Abnet, an integration company that works with Netapp, Amazon and Equinix, in case a customer wants to use collocation services.
The move marks the latest appeal by AWS to enterprise customers, which Vice President of Marketing for AWS Adam Selipsky says has been a concerted effort for the company in the past year. "Enterprises have been a focus for us for several years," he says. "Enterprise adoption has accelerated rapidly and enterprises are a significant portion of AWS adoption."
He points to other recent announcements, like the Redshift news, as well as announcement about Glacier - a long-term storage service - as being other indications that AWS is focusing on enterprise-class services.