Netapp Teams with Leading Archive Vendors to Provide Customer with Advanced Archive and Compliance Solutions

NetApp Redefines Archive Affordability and Data Protection for Customers Through Integrations with CommVault, Quest and Mimosa

SYDNEY, Australia - 12 November 2008 - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today furthered its role as an innovator and a leader in the archive and compliance market by announcing three new strategic relationships. As a result, CommVault, Quest and Mimosa, all leaders in the archive industry, will integrate with NetApp's industry-leading data protection and storage efficiency solutions, providing customers with a unified solution for increased performance and affordability.

Today, archiving important business data is more than just making sure that the information is retained and meets strict government compliance regulations. With customers paying closer attention to their IT bottom lines, it's also imperative that their archive solutions operate efficiently and cost-effectively, without sacrificing performance.

"Our research suggests that companies will archive over 100,000 petabytes of data in the next three years," said Brian Babineau, senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. "When you combine this capacity with multiyear retention periods, it drives the need for archive solutions that help organisations cost-effectively save data for long periods of time. Archive solutions that leverage the latest in data protection technology, including those that support the backup and disaster recovery of critical archive data, can address these significant demands."

By allowing NetApp's data protection and storage efficiency capabilities to integrate with their respective archive solutions, CommVault, Quest and Mimosa are teaming with NetApp to provide customers with industry-leading archiving platforms. These archiving platforms leverage NetApp's unified storage architecture, enabling joint archive customers to support multiple classes of storage and protocols within a single architecture, driving lower operating costs, higher performance, and less physical storage than competing storage solutions offer. Furthermore, customers can harness components of the NetApp® Data ONTAP® operating system, including deduplication, thin provisioning, and FlexVol®, gaining storage-efficiency solutions that result in lower power, cooling, and space requirements, creating a more efficient archive environment.

In addition, NetApp delivers cascading Snapshot™ copies, a data protection approach that provides end-to-end protection for the archive application stack. To enable cascading Snapshot copies, NetApp's lineup of data protection solutions, including Snapshot, SnapVault®, SnapManager® for SQL™, and SnapMirror®, run in concert to automate and synchronise backups and replication across the archive database, index, and content repositories. Synchronisation enables data consistency across the multitiered application that is critical to quickly and easily recovering the archive environment. As a result, customers can increase application availability, dramatically reduce backup downtime, and significantly improve recovery point objectives and recovery times of the archive application and content.

The solutions from CommVault, Quest and Mimosa all support archiving for major messaging, collaboration, and unstructured data, including Microsoft® Exchange Server, Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server, file data, and Lotus Notes. Each of the vendors also supports NetApp SnapLock® WORM (write once, read many) storage, allowing customers to lock down this data to address compliance, information governance and legal discovery requirements.

"Data volumes are exploding, particularly as customers face increased regulatory compliance and disaster recovery pressures," said Michael Marchi, vice president of Product and Segment Marketing, CommVault. "As a result of closer joint development with NetApp, we deliver customers unique data management solutions built on CommVault Simpana software and NetApp storage solutions. We jointly offer customers a more efficient, flexible, and cost-effective way to optimise storage for data protection and archiving, while significantly improving data access and availability in any storage environment."

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"We are excited about our relationship with NetApp, specifically around our e-mail management solutions, which allow faster archiving, e-discovery, and compliance through the preservation of business-critical messaging data," said Michael Ragusa, vice president of Global Alliances, Quest Software. "Aligned with the NetApp solution set, the Quest Archive Manager platform is the key component of our Exchange management suite to help our customers manage massive growth of their messaging environments."

"Organisations today must take a more proactive approach to managing content growth and optimising information access to reduce their risks and overall infrastructure costs," said Scott Whitney, vice president of Product Management, Mimosa Systems. "Mimosa is delivering next-generation archiving and recovery thanks to integration with NetApp's industry-leading storage solutions to ensure our mutual customers can deploy a unified solution in a simplified, affordable way. As part of our commitment, Mimosa has integrated with SnapDrive®, SnapManager, and SnapMirror to archive and protect our customers' file data and Exchange messaging environments."

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"Archiving today is no longer considered a nice-to-have by customers," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing, NetApp. "Instead, it's now an integral component of any enterprise's data management infrastructure. With this partnership news to integrate our industry-leading data protection and storage efficiency solutions with leading archive solutions, we are better equipped to address the growing needs of customers for advanced, affordable archive solutions that more efficiently manage and store the ever-growing pools of business critical data."

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