Sunnyvale, Calif.-July 28,
2009- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) expanded its Virtualization
Specialization Program today to include Windows® Server 2008
R2 Hyper-V™ technology from Microsoft. Now NetApp resellers
can get specialized training and accreditation to provide their
customers greater value and expertise with Hyper-V and NetApp®
Microsoft® virtualization solutions
based on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V integrates with
Microsoft's System Center suite of management tools so that
customers can achieve greater cost savings, IT efficiency, and
optimized server hardware investments. Microsoft virtualization
combined with NetApp storage solutions provides data center
customers a complete virtual architecture to enhance infrastructure
flexibility, lower costs, and simplify data management.
NetApp channel partners can take advantage of
the growing adoption of Hyper-V and NetApp solutions and offer
their customers expertise they may not be able to find elsewhere.
In addition, Virtualization Specialized partners can improve sales
and margins and become a highly sought-after resource for Hyper-V
and NetApp solutions. The NetApp Virtualization Specialization
Program complements the recently released Microsoft Virtualization
Solutions Competency Program in helping partners develop their
virtualization solution practices.
"Our partners are excited about the
opportunity and are seeing increased deployments of Windows Server
2008 Hyper-V," said Julie Parrish, vice president, Global Partner
Sales, at NetApp. "We are meeting our partners' specific request
for training and expertise on Hyper-V. This program provides
partners with the training and competency to bring together
components from Microsoft and NetApp in a best-practice
"NetApp and Microsoft virtualization
solutions are reshaping data center environments," said Zane Adam,
senior director of Virtualization Strategy and Management at
Microsoft. "As the 2009 Storage Solution of the year award
illustrates, NetApp offers a compelling storage platform for
customers. The NetApp Virtualization Specialization Program helps
bring together technologies for resellers' specialized practices.
Together we're equipping our partners to better deliver solutions
that increase efficiency, reduce costs, and increase business
agility for customers."
NetApp has a long-standing partnership with
Microsoft delivering complete solutions that help reduce customers'
costs, maximize storage efficiency, improve data availability, and
simplify data management of their virtual server environments.
Microsoft customers running Hyper-V can reduce the amount of
storage they need by at up to 50% by using recommended NetApp
technologies that are inherent in the company's Data ONTAP®
operating system, including thin provisioning and deduplication.
See netapp.com for details on our virtualization guarantee
NetApp resellers can participate in the
NetApp Virtualization Specialization Program immediately. Benefits
of the program include access to the customized Storage Efficiency
Calculator and NetApp Lab on Demand, and priority enrollment for
GetSuccessful™ workshops and NetApp regional events. For more
information, visit the NetApp Field Portal.
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions
that accelerate business breakthroughs and deliver outstanding cost
efficiency. Discover our passion for helping companies around the
world go further, faster at www.netapp.com/uk.
NetApp, the NetApp logo, Go further,
faster, Data ONTAP, and GetSuccessful are trademarks or registered
trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other
countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks and
Hyper-V is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other brands
or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders and should be treated as such.
*This guarantee and related
Program are limited to the terms set forth in
www.netapp.com/guarantee applicable only to prospective orders
placed after the Program effective date and are dependent upon your
compliance with the terms and conditions set forth in this document
and any of the instruction sets and specifications set forth in the
referenced documents. NetApp's sole and exclusive liability and
your sole and exclusive remedy associated with the terms of this
guarantee and related Program is the provision by NetApp of the
additional storage capacity as set forth in this guarantee and
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