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Kyndryl and NetApp Global Alliance Aims to Fast-Track Cloud Transformation, Data Insights
by Shelly Kramer | May 24, 2022

The News: Kyndryl and NetApp’s newly announced global alliance will fast-track cloud transformation for customers by creating solutions that enable them to access, analyze and derive insights from unstructured data. Read the full Kyndryl Press Release.

Kyndryl and NetApp Global Alliance Aims to Fast-Track Cloud Transformation, Data Insights

Analyst Take: The Kyndryl and NetApp global alliance is all about cloud transformation. Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure provider, and NetApp, a software company with considerable expertise in cloud and data applications are well-positioned to make significant inroads on this front. With their combined capabilities, the companies aim to develop new solutions that enable customers to access, analyze, and derive insights from unstructured data. Much like other alliances we’ve seen Kyndryl form post-spinoff from IBM, this one makes a lot of sense. By tying IT modernization to cloud transformation, Kyndryl and NetApp can fast-track both processes and solve common business challenges for enterprises across industries.

Data-driven business transformation can only happen when enterprises have access to actionable insights from both structured and unstructured data — but as we know all too well, companies often face an avalanche of unstructured data without the capability to manage it and extract its value. With so many types of unstructured data (including text-based documents, photos, audio and video files, IoT sensors, and more) at their fingertips, they are seeking solutions that offer the ability to derive insight and aid decision-making. That’s where Kyndryl and NetApp’s alliance for cloud transformation makes perfect sense. By combining IT infrastructure, managed services, and cloud computing expertise, this will help speed transformation initiatives, which is exactly what businesses are looking for.

Speeding Cloud Transformation Through Data Insights

Some backstory: the strategic alliance between Kyndryl and NetApp isn’t new. It’s the result of over 15 years of collaboration between the teams involved on innovative data management solutions and collective success in key industries and data-centric market segments. The alliance between the companies is all about enabling delivery of critical data infrastructure to customers in order to accelerate innovation and impact, and fast-track cloud transformation. The two companies plan to co-design infrastructure-as-a-service solutions surrounding unstructured data, as well as deliver new hybrid cloud solutions and services for a variety of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, and financial services.

Kyndryl’s partnership with NetApp is the latest in a string of strategic alliances that expand its portfolio of solutions and relevant industries. By bringing NetApp into the fold, Kyndryl’s cloud transformation efforts gain a major ally in the data management space. I’m excited to see this, and looking forward to seeing the results of this collaboration and how they will impact the speed of cloud transformation and transition when aided by data insights.

Disclosure: Futurum Research is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of Futurum Research as a whole.

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About the Author

Shelly Kramer is a Principal Analyst and Founding Partner at Futurum Research. A serial entrepreneur with a technology centric focus, she has worked alongside some of the world’s largest brands to embrace disruption and spur innovation, understand and address the realities of the connected customer, and help navigate the process of digital transformation. She brings 20 years' experience as a brand strategist to her work at Futurum, and has deep experience helping global companies with marketing challenges, GTM strategies, messaging development, and driving strategy and digital transformation for B2B brands across multiple verticals. Shelly's coverage areas include Collaboration/CX/SaaS, platforms, ESG, and Cybersecurity, as well as topics and trends related to the Future of Work, the transformation of the workplace and how people and technology are driving that transformation. A transplanted New Yorker, she has learned to love life in the Midwest, and has firsthand experience that some of the most innovative minds and most successful companies in the world also happen to live in “flyover country.”