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Companies like Helpium, Germany's first IT service marketplace, face increasing pressure to adopt cloud services while meeting strict security requirements. With runaway growth, unpredictable workloads, and increasing demands on performance, Helpium began exploring alternatives to its traditional infrastructure.
Helpium was introduced to DARZ, a full-service IT provider based in Germany that had an innovative offering: NetApp® Private Storage (NPS) as a Service. With NPS as a Service, DARZ became one of the first companies in the world to offer a next-generation hybrid cloud solution that enables multicloud sourcing. With NPS as a Service, customers can access dedicated, private NetApp storage housed in a DARZ data center and tap into compute resources of the DARZ private cloud or popular hyperscale clouds, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SoftLayer.
NPS as a Service from DARZ has finally made it possible for Helpium to leverage the elasticity, cost, and performance benefits of public cloud providers without putting its data—or its business—at risk. Helpium can have confidence that its data will not leave Germany and that its services will meet the highest security and compliance regulations.
With NPS as a Service from DARZ, Helpium can combine services from AWS and SoftLayer to optimize cost and performance for individual workloads. Because data lives locally in DARZ's high-security data center, Helpium can switch workloads between cloud providers in seconds without having to migrate data.
NetApp is part of our DNA. The NetApp Data Fabric enables us to manage our customers' data throughout their entire digital transformation, from beginning to end.
Lars Göbel Director of Strategy and Innovation, DARZ
DARZ now also delivers DevOps agility with its Docker Container-as-a-Service offering, which is based on NetApp SolidFire all-flash storage and the NetApp Docker Volume Plugin (nDVP). This service offers continuous software delivery and improved code quality, enabling customers to manage a modern, programmable infrastructure and accelerate time to market for new applications and services.