NetApp\u00ae and Equinix\u00ae have been hybrid cloud innovators for over a decade\u2014ever since they joined forces to launch NetApp Private Storage (NPS), one of the first enterprise hybrid cloud solutions for private storage. Since then, the partnership has launched a series of innovative, high-performance, and cost-effective data management solutions.\nThe benefits of cloud adjacency\nWhen you operate a hybrid multicloud environment, the big question is where to store your data\u2014on-premises or in the cloud. Our joint solutions house data on private, dedicated NetApp storage adjacent to, but apart from, public clouds. This \u201cnext to the cloud\u201d approach gives our customers complete control over their data, plus proximity to services from the public clouds. Add dedicated high-speed connections, and you get the lowest latency (< 1 millisecond roundtrip lag), best performance, and highest level of security possible to store and manage your data.\nThis approach also makes it easier for enterprises to move or relocate data across NetApp-based infrastructures\u2014including private, public, and hybrid clouds\u2014for complete control and ownership of data. Organizations can change the mix of public and private cloud resources to meet dynamic workload and business needs. For example, a company may decide to run an analytics application on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), use Azure for cloud backup, and run its production database via a local data center. And placing data at the edge, located in an Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX\u00ae) data center next to the clouds, gives the analytics and database apps low-latency access to the data they need.\nIntroducing our newest shared offering\nIn 2020, we launched NetApp\u00ae\u00a0KeystoneTM Flex Subscription, our on-premises storage-as-a-service offering with hybrid cloud capabilities. Flex Subscription is a subscription-based, pay-as-you-grow service that simplifies the way you manage and purchase storage as your data needs change. Based on customer demand for more deployment options, we integrated Flex Subscription with Platform Equinix\u00ae\u2014the largest, most-trusted platform for your digital infrastructure. You can create hybrid multicloud architectures by locating data next to leading public clouds and networks, which is especially valuable for customers wanting deployment flexibility across the globe.\nThis shared service offering combines data storage, colocation (space, power, and cooling) and interconnection services under a single monthly bill. And as with NPS, locating Flex Subscription in an Equinix IBX makes it easy to connect to industry-leading clouds through Equinix FabricTM\u2014putting data at the edge of your private cloud, as close as possible to the public clouds.\n NetApp\nStorage is only one part of the enterprise infrastructure. We are working to integrate native Equinix infrastructure services including Equinix Metal\u2122 - an automated, interconnected, and secure bare metal-as-a-service offering - with NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription for a full stack solution \u2013 all delivered as a service.\nHow cloud adjacency supports industry innovation\nFrom extending the data center to flexible computing, database, and analytic services, the cloud adjacency model supports leading-edge innovation across industries.\n\nAutomotive. From vehicle design to manufacturing, today\u2019s automotive sector runs on data. Developing and deploying advanced driver assistance and autonomous vehicle systems requires the ability to collect, store, and manage massive amounts of data, high-performance computing capacity, and advanced learning frameworks. It also demands real-time, in-vehicle processing of local rules and events\u2014all of it supported by cloud-adjacent storage services.\nSemiconductor chip manufacturing. Electronic design automation (EDA) workflows are used in design and analysis of integrated circuits, circuit boards, and semiconductor chips. On the EDA front end, massively parallel register-transfer level simulations can involve up to a million metadata-heavy small files. On the back end, large physical and manufacturing files invoke heavy processing demands. Cloud adjacency supports the performance requirements (including latency, IOPs, and throughput) of highly parallel, frequently bursty EDA workflows.\nHealthcare and life sciences.\u00a0Despite regulatory hurdles, healthcare and life sciences providers are adopting public clouds for their scalability and flexibility. Proper planning can minimize overhead and security headaches for industry IT departments adopting multiple public clouds. And cloud-based solutions can accelerate time to insight for important applications including clinical genomic sequencing, drug design, and cancer research.\nMedia and entertainment.\u00a0Video and animation production generate giant files that must move among studios, editors, and rendering processes throughout the production process. Keeping these assets in a centralized cloud repository makes it far easier to apply digital tools and processes without slowing collaboration or slowing workflows with costly delays.\nFinancial services.\u00a0To combat increasing competition and evolving customer expectations, traditional banks are fast-tracking digital transformation, in part, fueled by the cloud. Yet financial services institutions face significant barriers to public cloud adoption, including regulatory requirements and data privacy, security, and egress costs. Cloud data adjacency can help quell many of the associated challenges.\n\nWorldwide coverage\nEquinix owns and operates a network of 220+ IBX\u00ae data centers in 63 major metro areas around the world.\n NetApp\nTogether, NetApp and Equinix present an optimized, cost-effective storage option that makes the cloud truly composable. Our storage-as-a-service offering, NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription, gives you even more tools to simplify hybrid cloud operations and support your momentum. To learn more, visit the Flex Subscription webpage.