EVault, Inc., a Seagate company (NASDAQ:STX), today announced EVault® Storage Cloud – Data Protection Service for NetApp. As part of the news at NetApp’s global technical conference, EVault also announced it has joined the NetApp partner program for Service Providers. EVault Storage Cloud for NetApp is a purpose built cloud service for both NetApp FlexPod® Datacenter and FlexPod Express customers offering integrated cloud data protection. EVault Storage Cloud for NetApp provides an easy, reliable and secure solution for FlexPod customers using an affordable and predictable pay-as-you-grow service model with no upfront costs. NetApp FlexPod customers can achieve up to 49% savings over traditional on-premises OPEX/CAPEX solutions. “Customers can expect additional cost savings when using EVault Storage Cloud for NetApp. For example, offsite storage costs for tape on what we call the “diesel network” may be eliminated along with aging tape hardware and associated maintenance costs. The removal of the tape hardware maintenance costs alone may very well pay for the service, especially as it can skyrocket for customers in years three and four, further eating away at IT’s budget,” said David A. Chapa, Chief Technology Evangelist, Office of the CTO, EVault. “We believe our hybrid cloud solution with NetApp is a perfect marriage for our customers and channel partners. Everyone wins with EVault and NetApp.” “With growing skills gap, budgets under pressure and IT needing to do more year after year, the EVault and NetApp partnership couldn’t come at a better time. This hybrid cloud data protection solution should help NetApp customers alter their investment profile from pure capital to more of an operating or OPEX model that are part of driving return on innovation, the new ROI. This delivers both strategic and tactical ROI value for IT customers to make more effective use of resources while focusing more on core business by leveraging EVault to manage their data storage in its cloud. This could be a big and interesting game changer for both companies to drive return on innovation vs. just return on investment if executed in the right way,” said Greg Schulz, Founder and Senior Advisor, StorageIO.