NetApp Challenges Largest Storage Competitors for Data Centre Leadership

Australia, Sydney - 9 May 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced a new line of products and services designed to enhance customers' data management capabilities and to unseat EMC and HP for leadership of open systems storage in the enterprise data centre. The expanded NetApp™ portfolio offers modular, transparent scalability for the largest data centre applications and consolidations; maximum flexibility to help customers adapt to business changes; and the highest availability of application data, ultimately enabling more productivity for IT administrators and achieving the best overall total cost of ownership. These offerings are aimed at enterprises that have vast data requirements and demanding service-level agreements and that operate large-scale Oracle®, SAP, and Microsoft® enterprise applications. Unlike competitive frame array products, the NetApp approach to storage simplifies storage provisioning, improves utilisation of storage assets, and increases IT productivity, hence delivering dramatically better business value. Additional details are available online at www.netapp.com/datacenterproven/pr

Two new systems announced today include the FAS6030 and the FAS6070, new flagship systems that greatly extend the breadth and scale of the NetApp storage systems portfolio. An enhanced NetApp Manageability Software family and new Fibre Channel (FC) SAN capabilities also debuted today. In addition, two new services were announced: Premium Support Services for the FAS6070 and Rapid Deployment Services for Storage Implementation. Highlighting its greater value in data centre environments, NetApp also unveiled a Mercer study for data storage total cost comparison (www.netapp.com/go/sap/2006/) showing that in real-world settings with equivalent availability and performance service levels, competitive solutions are between 55% and 260% more expensive to own than NetApp solutions.

Martin Cooper, chief technology officer at Arup, a world-renowned engineering consultancy, agreed. "NetApp has clearly taken a different and better approach to solve my data centre challenges. From robust, flexible, and modular hardware to an intelligent and automated software manageability framework, NetApp has consistently proven it understands that I need minimum complexity and maximum performance and that data availability is central to my business's success."

Noel Levasseur, Executive Vice President at First American Bank, a full-service bank with over 41 Chicago area locations and more than $2 billion in assets continued, "NetApp storage solutions enable us to provision and reconfigure our storage quickly giving us the flexibility to adapt to our business needs. NetApp has taken a better approach than previous suppliers. Due to complex configuration and management we always ran out of storage space and never really utilised the capacity within our SAN. Now with the NetApp solution, we are able to increase our storage utilisation."

"The world's largest and most demanding businesses use NetApp solutions to simplify their complex enterprise application and data infrastructures. They have realised the advantages NetApp offers from core production to test and development to departmental and remote office," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance. "Customers no longer have to purchase large, complex and expensive frame arrays to support their enterprise data management needs. Our new FAS6000 series, new and enhanced integrated management software, industry-leading FC SAN infrastructure solutions, and robust set of new and enhanced services and support offerings position NetApp as a clear leader to help IT organisations achieve even greater returns and maximise their resources. We offer the most scalable, cost-effective, high-performance solutions available bar none. Market and customer analysis shows that we are growing three times faster than the industry average in enterprise application data centres and we have seen greater than 90% growth year over year in Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft environments. We are growing at 125% in FC SAN and we offer up to 40% cost of ownership savings versus others in the data centre and high-end SAN space. NetApp is clearly the data management solution of choice for the enterprise data centre."

"Data centre complexity has gone through the roof due to the explosion of data, infrastructure consolidation, mounting security concerns, as well as compliance and regulatory needs," said Brad Nisbet, Program Manager with IDC. "It is abundantly clear that enterprise data centres are in need of proven solutions that can simplify management, increase productivity, and give them the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs."

New Products and Services
The NetApp FAS6000 is the highest-end NetApp system, extending the NetApp FAS line to a substantially higher level of performance and scalability. The FAS6000 is designed to help customers reduce the TCO of large-scale storage for business applications. With NetApp Premium Support Services, customers can enjoy always-on availability to meet expected and even increased service levels. The systems scale to 500TB of capacity, a level previously available only with the most expensive storage systems. Unlike competitive high-end storage systems such as the EMC Symmetrix, the FAS6000 has a modular storage design, making it easier to deploy "as needed" to increase business agility and reduce costs.

The FAS6000 is well suited for large-scale storage consolidation, with the capacity to simultaneously support hundreds of SAN- and NAS-based applications. The FAS6000 maintains consistent performance for key workloads via new FlexShare™ software, which allows administrators to set and dynamically change priorities of various data sets. Maximum performance for the NetApp FAS6000 is upheld even with frequent NetApp Snapshot™ copies (for data protection and recovery) and/or using RAID-DP™, a NetApp technology that helps prevent catastrophic data loss from a double disk failure. Customers can recover application data and provision storage, servers, and databases in minutes, not hours, and enjoy simpler configuration and ongoing management, resulting in less IT overhead and expense. More information and technical details on the specific NetApp FAS6000 models are available at www.netapp.com/products/filer/fas6000_ds.html.

The enhanced NetApp Manageability Software family is the only data management toolset that actively manages data from a business perspective. It automates, integrates, centralises, and simplifies core workflows across IT administrator domains, enabling improved data availability, enhanced productivity, and increased storage utilisation.

Data centre storage administrators want to focus their time on value-added tasks such as utilisation and performance that directly impact their business. However, many find that they spend an increasing portion of every day operating as a "help desk" and responding to individual requests. Traditional approaches focus on managing this complexity, but NetApp, with its integrated data management approach, actually reduces complexity. The NetApp Manageability Software family gives IT administrators the tools they need to get rid of the storage "help desk" and allow storage administrators to focus more on activities that drive value for the business. In addition, it empowers system administrators, DBAs, and application administrators to manage their own data within the controls set by the storage administrator. The combination dramatically simplifies existing IT workflows and increases the flexibility of the entire IT operation.

The new NetApp Manageability Software family includes four suites of management tools targeted at specific administrators in the data centre: application, server, data, and storage. The net result is a unique and powerful set of capabilities that delivers dramatic and proven productivity gains to data centre customers. More information and technical details on the NetApp Manageability Software family are available at www.netapp.com/products/software/management-software-family.html.

Extended NetApp FC SAN enterprise-class infrastructure capabilities achieve massive scalability with minimal complexity. NetApp FC SAN solutions help customers better adapt to changing data centre needs, achieve superior data management, and experience the lowest TCO. This is made possible through instantaneous FC SAN provisioning and data recovery; leading 4Gb performance and support; tight integration with director, switch, and host bus adapter (HBA) products from Brocade, Cisco, Emulex, McData, and QLogic; SAN attach kits for host and OS support; and a comprehensive interoperability matrix that provides support for all major open systems computing platforms. More information and technical details on NetApp FC SAN solutions are available at www.netapp.com/products/fcsan.html.

New and enhanced services announced today maximise the advantages for customers to achieve data centre and other data infrastructure advantages using NetApp. Designed with simplicity in mind, NetApp Services leverage proven methodologies and best practices to design and implement the right storage solution for customers' unique data and business challenges. NetApp Services synthesise specific storage expertise, knowledge, and experience with regulatory requirements affecting data storage and the ability to cost-reduce data infrastructures while optimising performance and augmenting customers' IT staff as needed to ramp production infrastructure quickly and reliably. The newly announced Rapid Deployment Services for Storage Implementation help IT departments reduce complexity, accelerate readiness, and realise the benefits of their NetApp solutions quickly and efficiently. Rapid Deployment Services enable customers to quickly and reliably achieve production readiness on their newly purchased NetApp systems in NAS and/or SAN environments. More information on NetApp Services is available at www.netapp.com/support/consultingedge.html.

Pricing and Availability

All products described in this press release are available immediately from NetApp. Customer pricing is available from NetApp sales or sales partners.

Technical Information

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