NetApp continues its expansion in Queensland

Customer demand for NetApp’s data management solutions drives a growing partner and customer base in Queensland

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, - 27 AUGUST 2012 - NetApp has opened its new Brisbane office demonstrating an increased commitment to a growing list of customers and channel partners in Queensland. NetApp's growth mirrors the increasing need for more agile data storage solutions across all industries. Data growth in Australia is approximately 50% per annum, which requires new innovative techniques to manage more efficiently. This is a major reason why NetApp's industry leading features have been in growing demand resulting in 35% local revenue growth in the past twelve months.

NetApp first began a presence in Brisbane in June 2007 with the appointment of a state sales manager to better meet its customers' storage and data management needs. That single appointment has now grown to 14, with plans to further invest in additional resources to help support a diverse customer portfolio and to assist in partner enablement. The Queensland partner community also reaps the benefits of NetApp's growing presence. In less than five years, NetApp's Queensland partner community has grown from a single reseller to 15 certified resellers that in total employ well over 400 Queensland-based employees.

"Data management and analysis is now at an inflection point and if not correctly managed can fast become a business headache because of the sheer size of data being generated," said Simon Green, Vice President and General Manager of NetApp, Asia Pacific.

"Our focus is to help organisations drive down data centre and infrastructure costs whilst helping them store growing volumes of date more efficiently. Take the Mantra Group for example, in three short years it went from 17 to 120 hotels. Without a NetApp solution, this kind of growth would be challenging to manage."

Mr Green concluded that the opening of NetApp's Brisbane office is proof that its strategy to stimulate greater business for its partner community, and greater efficiency and savings for its customers is paying off.

The opening was officiated by the Hon Ros Bates, MP, Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts. The Minister congratulated NetApp on their recent success as she opened their first permanent Brisbane-based office.

"NetApp has doubled its Brisbane staff in the past 12 months and further growth is expected. With more than 150 offices worldwide, I'm pleased NetApp is able to call Brisbane home,' Ms Bates said.

"NetApp recently achieved second place in the 2012 BRW Best Place to Work awards and no doubt the new office will provide an environment that continues to foster an enjoyable and stimulating workplace to enable NetApp employees to support its customers," the Minister added.

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