Spanish lender BBVA has partnered with hybrid cloud data services provider NetApp as a part of its strategy to become a more flexible and scalable digital bank.

The bank will utilise NetApp’s data services portfolio to simplify and integrate data management across cloud and its premises.

The move will is expected to accelerate digital transformation as well as enable BBVA to provide consistent hybrid cloud data services.

The agreement will enable the bank to deliver cloud data services for data visibility and insights, data access and control and data protection and security.

BBVA head of global architecture at Engineering Ignacio Bernal said: “This agreement is part of our strategy of partnering with global solutions providers to create a new ecosystem with large partners, capable of supporting our transformation process.”

NetApp vice president enterprise focus countries EMEA Marc Montiel said: “After many years of close collaboration between the two companies, it is a pleasure for us to join BBVA’s select group of strategic alliances to support the banking group’s digital transformation.

“We look forward to continuing our work on the organization’s data-driven technological transformation, which will help the company maintain the high levels of innovation, flexibility and security it has come to expect.”

The BBVA-NetApp partnership follows a series of strategic agreements by the Spanish lender to drive its digital banking strategy.

Recently, BBVA developed a new platform to enable secure mobile payments in all countries on which it operates.