NetApp Enables IT to Be More Flexible, Efficient, and Ready for the Future

New Portfolio Delivers Foundation for Shared IT Infrastructure, Accelerates Implementation of both Private and Public Clouds

New Delhi, India. - November 29, 2010 - More customers are rethinking their IT infrastructures and evaluating alternatives to cope with the new realities of today's business growth and pace. There is a sense of urgency to act now and move from a siloed infrastructure to a shared IT infrastructure that is more efficient and flexible in addressing today's rapidly evolving business requirements. To help customers respond to these demands, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today unveiled new platform features, products, and technologies that will help customers make the transition to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure-the foundation for cloud computing-and enable IT to be an accelerator of the business.

"There's a significant change underway as CIOs look to better align IT to the speed of business and get IT budgets under control," said Tom Georgens, president and chief executive officer, NetApp. "This is a pivotal time, because the decisions IT leaders make will not only impact how they compete today but also the long-term success of their businesses. Winners in this market are thinking and choosing differently, and more customers are turning to NetApp as their storage platform to achieve greater flexibility and efficiency. We are paving the way for customers to transition to a shared IT infrastructure that will help them be ready for the future and use IT as a tool to capitalize on new growth opportunities."

Added Rajesh Janey, President NetApp India & SAARC "Businesses are changing. Success depends on flexibility, innovation and secure collaboration. With the ever increasing need to reduce costs, flexible and shared infrastructure solutions are increasingly being preferred. Shared IT Infrastructure solutions are spearheading the transition from the traditional approach to an on-demand model. The comprehensive portfolio of new platforms and solutions that we are announcing today, will help businesses in their transformation to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure. This would enable them to capitalize on new opportunities, go to market faster and innovate ahead of their competition."

The following new product and technology portfolio delivers the storage platform of choice for customers to build their shared IT infrastructure and make IT more flexible and efficient.

  • Unified Architecture and Systems Portfolio
    • NetApp Data ONTAP® 8: Data ONTAP 8 has new features to enable greater flexibility, efficiency, scalability, and performance. A first for the industry, Unified Connect takes the unified architecture to new levels by supporting all protocols through a single wire to help increase efficiency, improve performance, and simplify management. NetApp DataMotion for Volumes allows customers to move large volumes of data without disrupting their business operations. In addition, new inline data compression can be used alone or with deduplication to help dramatically reduce the amount of storage needed and improve storage efficiency.
    • NetApp FAS/V6200 Series: A family of three new high-end storage systems-FAS/V6280, FAS/V6240, and FAS/V6210-extends NetApp's unified architecture and provides double the performance, increased enterprise-class availability, and more scalability and flexibility. Customers can meet their mission-critical business requirements while responding to the rapid growth and pace of their business.
    • NetApp FAS/V3200 Series: A family of three new midrange storage systems-FAS/V3270, FAS/V3240, and FAS/V3210-delivers one of the industry's most cost-effective platform for greater flexibility and efficiency, higher performance, and enterprise availability, to support today's midrange storage requirements and adapt to future changes.
    • NetApp Solid State Drives (SSDs): In addition to its market-leading Flash Cache technology, the introduction of SSDs extends NetApp's portfolio to provide an option for customers who require consistently fast response times for mission-critical applications. The new SSDs deliver high input/output operations per second and the flexibility to use them for SAN or NAS without needing a gateway or different storage system.
    • NetApp SAS Disk Shelf: NetApp's third-generation SAS-based shelf, the new DS2246, helps double the performance density, can provide up to 50% better power efficiency per rack unit, and offers strong resiliency and availability for enterprise storage needs.
  • OnCommand Management Software Suite
    • NetApp's new management suite, OnCommand, allows greater control and optimization of unified storage, automation for operational efficiency, and optimal flexibility with an open API that integrates with a variety of third-party management products and hypervisors.
  • FlexPod Modular Data Center Solution
    • As part of their ongoing collaboration, Cisco, NetApp, and VMware are offering a presized, validated, standardized data center architecture design that is available through select joint channel partners. FlexPod for VMware® helps customers accelerate their transformation to a virtualized, shared IT infrastructure with consistent and proven designs to simplify deployment and help reduce risk.

In addition to the new product portfolio detailed above, NetApp introduced a simpler software pricing structure to make it easier for customers and partners to do business with NetApp. The new software pricing structure offers more value-added software for no additional cost as part of the base package, enhancing value and increasing flexibility for customers customizing their infrastructure.

Availability and Pricing
The NetApp products and technologies can be ordered today through NetApp or NetApp's worldwide network of value-added authorized solution providers, distributors and systems integrators. Customer pricing for these solutions is also available from NetApp sales or reseller partners. For more information, visit www.netapp.com/in/how-to-buy/.

On demand Virtual Event: "Make the Leap to a Shared IT Infrastructure"
Join NetApp for on demand virtual event to learn how its new platform features, products, and technologies can make IT ready for the future. Hear NetApp executives Tom Georgens, Manish Goel, and Brendon Howe, as well as Mark Peters, ESG senior analyst, and Robert Ross, chief security officer and senior vice president of Network and Technical Services at DCI, discuss how a shared infrastructure built on NetApp can enable IT to deliver unparalleled efficiency and flexibility to an organization. Visit www.netapp.com/in/future-ready/.

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About NetApp
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Addendum: Customer and Partner Quote Sheet
NetApp works with many technology partners, channel partners, systems integrators, and service providers to deliver integrated, best-of-breed solutions that help customers accelerate their path to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure. Here's what some of them are saying:

Ashwin Rao, IT Group Director, Cadence Design Systems
"In today's competitive business environment, organizations need to respond quickly and scale up to the changing business needs and customer demands, especially true for a global software and hardware, IP and services company such as Cadence. With today's announcement, NetApp has enhanced its commitment to providing flexible and efficient IT solutions to customers worldwide, enabling large IT organizations such as ours to rapidly scale, while ensuring the integrity of our IT infrastructure."

Ravikiran S. Mankikar, CIO - SVC Bank
"We would like to congratulate NetApp on this landmark launch. We believe this launch will be a defining step enabling the industry transition to a cloud based IT infrastructure that is flexible, efficient, and ready for the future," said Mr. Ravikiran S. Mankikar, CIO, SVC Bank. "In view of the long term success of our business we wanted to consolidate the storage for all our core banking applications and use the infrastructure to roll out Software-as-a-Service to the other Co-operative Banks. Given its comprehensive portfolio of new platform features and solutions, NetApp becomes a natural choice. I am confident that the IT infrastructure provided by NetApp will prove to be a business accelerator for us."

Sumit Mukhija - National Sales Manager - DataCentre, Cisco India & SAARC
"Cisco, NetApp and VMware developed FlexPod to help our customers in India to easily move to a simplified, unified, virtualized infrastructure. The validated, predefined and pre-configured pod makes it easy for our mutual customers and channel partners to implement a flexible, virtualized shared IT infrastructure built on the unified compute, fabric and storage center module."

Ganesan Arumugam, Partner Director, VMware India & SAARC Region
"Virtualization and shared storage are critical to enabling a shared IT infrastructure, which offers organizations greater flexibility and efficiency to quickly keep pace with the evolving demands on their businesses. To help our customers move further faster, VMware has collaborated with Cisco and NetApp to develop FlexPod, which can significantly reduce risk and simplify deployment with proven, validated 'out-of-the-box' designs. With FlexPod, our joint customers can expedite their transition to IT as a Service with a standardized platform from three industry leaders."

Naresh Desai, General Manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, India.
"Avnet Technology Solutions and NetApp have been actively working together to accelerate the success of value-added resellers and their end-customers since 2004 globally, and NetApp's Flexible IT initiative aligns closely to Avnet's solutions-focused approach to the data center. Together, we will help resellers provide their customers with the IT services and solutions that will solve not only today's business challenges, but can quickly evolve to address their future business needs. Together, NetApp and Avnet Technology Solutions will allow business partners and end users to accelerate their success in India through mutually shared cooperation."