NetApp Customers Drive Rapid Adoption of Deduplication

Bangalore, India - April 1st, 2008 - NetApp today announced that the deduplication adoption rate among its customers has tripled since November 2007, with more than 3,500 systems and 100 petabytes (PB) of raw storage capacity, clearly positioning NetApp as a leader in deduplication technology. NetApp now has more than 1,000 customers who have deployed NetApp® deduplication across all tiers of data, including primary, backup, and archival data, making it the only vendor to offer end-to-end deduplication.

Deduplication technology is quickly gaining traction with customers who struggle with data proliferation and the challenges associated with it.Now customers can eliminate redundant data quickly and easily,which improves space and power efficiencies, and reduces the amount of raw storage required. Furthermore, NetApp deduplication strengthens NetApp's portfolio of space-saving technologies, which also include RAID 6,thin provisioning and flexible clones.Like these other space-saving technologies, NetApp deduplication is a core part ofthe Data ONTAP® operating system, so it is available across thecomplete FAS family of storage systems, and all classes of storage. NetApp is the only major storage and data management vendor to embed deduplication technology across its entire line of storage systems.

Deduplication, which is free of charge to customers as an inherent feature in all NetApp storage systems, will also be free when it is extended to NetApp's Virtual Tape Library (VTL) offering later this year. The deduplication option for NearStore® VTL will dramatically reduce the cost of storing backup copies of data on disk.

"Deduplication has become a core element of our storage system offerings as more and more customers grapple with data proliferation," said Soumitra Agarwal, Marketing Director - India, NetApp. "Deduplication helps our customers control this growth while reducing costs. At the same time, it's apparent that customers are rethinking their traditional data backup approaches as VTL becomes more prevalent. Through our innovation we will continue to address customer needs, which will include extending deduplication to our VTL offering."

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