NetApp Leads India Network Attached Storage (NAS) Market in CY 2008

Ethernet Storage (iSCSI SAN) records highest growth

Mumbai, September 07, 2009 - NetApp today announced that according to IDC's Asia/Pacific External Disk Storage Tracker, June 2009 release, it was the leader in the NAS market in India with a share of 45.5% in terms of factory revenue in CY 2008 (January-December 2008). The report also states that NetApp was one of the leading players in the India Ethernet Storage (iSCSI SAN) market with 29.7% share in terms of factory revenue during the same period.

According to IDC's Asia/Pacific External Disk Storage Tracker, June 2009 release, the overall India External Disk Storage market for CY 2008 recorded a growth of 21.1% over CY2007 in terms of factory revenue. The India Ethernet Storage (iSCSI SAN) market recorded a higher than average year-on-year growth of 69.5% in CY 2008, thereby increasing its contribution by 2 percentage points in the overall India External Disk Storage market (from 5% in CY 2007 to 7% in CY 2008).

"With more and more companies trying to reduce their IT budgets and yet keep their businesses agile, Ethernet Storage (iSCSI SAN) has emerged as one of the sought after solutions," said Amit Dalal, Asst. Manager, Enterprise Computing Research, IDC India.

According to NetApp, in the current economic situation where tight budgets are forcing companies to relook their IT infrastructure, IP storage (Ethernet Storage) is gaining more popularity among Indian enterprises.

"The India Enterprise Storage market is evolving and the momentum is shifting towards Ethernet in a big way. The underlying reason for this is a ten-fold increase in Ethernet speeds. We are seeing increased adoption of 10G in data centers, which will drive economies of scale. This in turn is catalysing the shift towards deployment of Ethernet Storage. NetApp's prominent position in the India IP storage market is a strong foundation for us to provide innovative solutions that help customers increase efficiency and control costs," said Rajesh Janey, President - Sales, India & SAARC, NetApp.

"Significant advances in Ethernet technology like 10 Gigabit and FCoE driven by key storage networking players have made this a promising option. It offers the speed and reliability of Fibre Channel at the cost of Ethernet." said Surajit Sen, Director - Channels, Marketing & Alliances, NetApp India.

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