Sunnyvale, Calif.-July 27,
2010-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced it will support
the Intel® Ethernet X520 family of SFP+10 Gigabit Ethernet
(10GbE) server adapters. This extends NetApp's ecosystem of tested
Ethernet solutions and offers customers more ways to deploy an
end-to-end Fibre Channel
over Ethernet (FCoE) infrastructure. Together, NetApp and Intel
offer customers tested options to transition from a Fibre Channel
infrastructure to a high-performance FCoE infrastructure.
10GbE unified networking provides a simple,
flexible, and well-understood fabric for today's dynamic data
centers and lays the groundwork for new computing models, including
computing. With long histories of leadership in Ethernet
storage and networking, NetApp and Intel are working together
to help lead the transition to a unified data center on 10GbE. Both
companies are early supporters of FCoE. NetApp is the first storage
vendor to support native FCoE storage, and Intel is the first
Ethernet adapter vendor to support Open FCoE (www.open-fcoe.org),
which enables FCoE in standard 10GbE adapters.
"NetApp's core belief is that unified storage
helps our customers achieve business breakthroughs by giving them a
universal storage solution to support all aspects of their
business," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions and
Alliances at NetApp. "By enhancing our product portfolio with
supported 10GbE and Open FCoE products from Intel, we're giving
customers the flexibility they need to set up unified Ethernet
solutions in their existing environments and realize substantial
benefits in cost reduction, ease of use and efficiency."
"It is exciting to see NetApp support Intel
technology to advance 10GbE and Open FCoE and help customers
consolidate their data centers," said Tom Swinford, vice president
and general manager, LAN Access Division, Intel Corporation. "The
Intel Ethernet X520 family of 10GbE server adapters makes it easier
for customers to move to a single platform, reduce the cost of
building out, and maintain their storage network."
storage supports customers' existing Fibre Channel investments
as well as FCoE, iSCSI, and NAS, allowing them to take a phased
approach to consolidating their data centers around Ethernet. This
single platform approach allows customers to transition their
existing Fibre Channel infrastructure with new, cost-effective FCoE
technology, helping them consolidate and simplify their storage
infrastructure. This can reduce the amount of storage hardware
customers need in their data center, which in turn can lead to
significant reductions in power use and administrative overhead. By
working with Intel, NetApp hopes to make it even easier for
customers to consolidate around 10GbE and FCoE by working with
vendor technology they already know and trust.
Customers such as Databasement, a leading
cloud-based storage provider, are achieving operational and capital
savings, as well as enhanced performance with NetApp unified
storage and FCoE. Since Databasement serves a diverse set of
clients, all with different needs and price points for performance,
availability and capacity, the company looked to NetApp and its
solutions partners to help safeguard and simplify its customers'
data storage. NetApp helped, Databasement easily manage any
protocol and offer its customers 10GbE FCoE as a high-performance
yet low-cost option without deploying additional hardware or
affecting service levels.
"Since Databasement's founding in 2001,
NetApp has been one of the most important technologies in our
portfolio, providing the flexibility and efficiency we need to be
able to keep costs down and performance up and provide our
customers with a full range of storage options," said Rob Christ,
Databasement's founder and director. "Regardless of what setup the
customer has, we can use IP-based protocols such as iSCSI and FCoE
on our side to keep costs down. The more options we can provide our
customers, the better we're able to serve their needs, and that's
why we rely on NetApp's unified storage."
For more information on NetApp Ethernet
storage solutions, visit www.netapp.com/us/company/leadership/ethernet-storage.
For more information on NetApp unified storage, visit www.netapp.com/us/technology/unified-storage.
To read how DataBasement uses NetApp unified storage and cloud
computing solutions, visit http://www.netapp.com/us/library/customer-stories/databasement-cloud.html.
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