SME Storage Demand to Skyrocket in 2009-10, Reveals Nielsen-NetApp Study

NetApp eyes the growing SME market - launches storage solutions

BANGALORE, India - September 16, 2008 - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the interim findings of its ongoing survey titled 'Data Explosion in India - Trends & Challenges' in partnership with Nielsen. SMEs in India are heading towards a data deluge within a year's time between now and 2009-10. According to the survey, there is a clear indication of rapid increase in storage requirements in the SME segment. There will be a 56% growth in SMEs whose data storage requirements will jump to the 500-999 GB range from the 100-499 GB range. Further, there will be a 50% growth in SMEs whose data storage requirements will increase to the 6-10 TB range. This shift in increase in storage requirements is also reflected by a corresponding drop by 29% of SMEs between 100-499 GB range and a 60% drop in the 500-999 GB range.

Further, there is expected to be a 50%, 100% and a 200% growth in SMEs demanding storage in the 11-15 TB, 16-20 TB and 21-25 TB ranges respectively, which is a huge data management challenge coming up for SMEs. Owing to this huge potential in the Indian SME market, NetApp also announced the complete integration of the S family of storage solutions, formerly known as StoreVault™, into its full line of storage and data management solutions for the midsized segment at an entry-level price.

"The report findings clearly indicate that the SME market in India is growing rapidly, which is reflecting in their data storage requirements. The integration of the S family into NetApp's full line of storage and data management solutions has happened at the most appropriate time for us considering the robust growth in the SME segment. The S Family will offer SMEs in India a new world of solutions especially designed for their evolving needs" said Surajit Sen, Director - Channel, Alliances & Market, NetApp India.

About NetApp Data Explosion Survey
The Data Explosion survey is being conducted by Nielsen Company in association with NetApp to substantiate the data growth in organizations in India. The survey aims to establish the challenges faced with respect to storage and data management and how organizations are dealing with these challenges.

The SME segment comprises 242 companies from across Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune across BFSI, Media & Entertainment, IT/ITES, Automotive, Manufacturing, Pharma and Healthcare

About NetApp
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