NetApp Expands Offering for Midsize Enterprise Customers with New Entry-Level Storage System and Aggressive New Entry Price Points
New FAS2040 Adds Increased Capacity and Performance to Award-Winning Family; FAS2020, with Its Reduced Price, Is Now More Attractive to Smaller IT Organizations
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-September 15,
2009- Showing its commitment to Midsize Enterprise and
distributed enterprise customers, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today
announced the new FAS2040 storage system, providing customers with
increased performance and capacity to handle demanding
Microsoft® Windows® consolidation and virtualization
workloads all on the same system. NetApp also announced significant
price reductions for its FAS2020 systems and associated software,
which are now preconfigured with high-capacity drives and include
all protocols. These systems provide excellent value for midsize
customers while enabling channel partners to sell into a broader
The FAS2040 joins NetApp's award-winning
entry-level FAS2000 product family. Leveraging NetApp's unified
storage architecture and inherent storage efficiency features, the
FAS2040 provides customers with double the performance of any
existing FAS2000 storage system and increased storage capacity of
up to 30%. This makes it ideal for handling workloads in Microsoft
Windows consolidation and virtualized environments.
Starting at $7,920, the updated FAS2020
offers smaller, price-conscious IT organizations a simple,
well-integrated solution for enterprise-class functionality at an
unprecedented price point. The FAS2020 now also offers
multiprotocol support, including CIFS and NFS, for added
flexibility at no extra charge. The enhancements make the FAS2020
one of the industry's best values for the Midsize Enterprise
market-and make simple and flexible unified storage a reality for a
broader set of customers.
"With the ever-increasing amount of data in
our Windows environment, we needed a more efficient and flexible
storage infrastructure," said Bill Schlough, chief information
officer for the San Francisco Giants, a NetApp customer. "NetApp's
affordable and flexible FAS2000 system and unified storage
architecture were a great fit for the Giants, creating a
centralized infrastructure for all of our mission-critical files.
NetApp System Manager made setup and management easy. NetApp
enabled us to implement a solution that not only meets our needs
today but also affordably scales up as our storage requirements
FAS2000 Makes It Easier to Do
Business with NetApp
To make the FAS2000 family easier to sell for all partner types,
NetApp has reduced the number of FAS2020 SKUs and created a
simplified ordering process for the entire FAS2000 series product
line. This streamlined approach enables distributors and VARs to
increase operational efficiencies and further drive revenue without
unnecessary administrative hassles. This straightforward strategy,
combined with the FAS2020's enhanced protocol support, extensive
solution set, and appealing price point, provides partners with the
ability to sell to a broader set of customers and presents new
opportunities for providing added value to those customers. These
changes are just the latest enhancements to the NetApp Partner
Program, designed to make it easier to do business with NetApp and
to provide best-in-class solutions. As validation of this strategy,
the FAS2000 series was named by Business Solutions
magazine in August as one of the top
channel products of the year.
"The NetApp® FAS2020 has provided us
with a storage system that truly meets the needs of our customers
with smaller IT organizations," said Sandy Davis, president of
Applied Computer Solutions. "With the latest improvements to the
FAS2020, both from a price, product, and ordering perspective, we
expect to see accelerated sales. Overall, these enhancements show
NetApp's continued commitment to its partners and only strengthen
NetApp's position as a leader in the channel."
"Today's announcement continues to build upon
NetApp's award-winning FAS2000 product line to provide midsize
customers with proven storage solutions that not only provide great
value but also a feature set that addresses the key requirements
for Microsoft Windows consolidation and virtualization workloads,"
said Julie Parrish, vice president of Global Channel Sales, NetApp.
"Also, the simplified ordering process and reduced price point for
the FAS2020 offer our channel partners, who play such a critical
role in NetApp's success, a more competitive and compelling product
to sell to their customers."
As further testament to NetApp's ability to
handle Microsoft environment workloads, NetApp earlier this year
was named Microsoft
2009 Storage Solutions Partner of the year.
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subject to change without prior notice. The FAS2020 and FAS2040 are
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