NetApp Enables New Levels of IT Efficiency, Flexibility, and Productivity for Microsoft Enterprise Customers

<i>New NetApp SnapManager for Hyper-V and SnapManager 6.0 for Microsoft Exchange Server Minimise Complexity of Physical and Virtualised Infrastructures</i>

LONDON. UK.-Nov. 9, 2009-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today unveiled the new NetApp® SnapManager® for Hyper-V™ and SnapManager 6.0 for Microsoft® Exchange Server to improve data backup and recovery in Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environments. In addition, NetApp SnapManager for Microsoft SQL Server® and SnapManager for Microsoft SharePoint® Server can now run on Windows Server 2008 R2, enabling customers to take full advantage of NetApp's unique data management capabilities in their physical and virtualised environments.

NetApp, a Microsoft Global ISV and Gold Certified Partner, and Microsoft Corporation are helping customers build, manage, and maintain dynamic data center infrastructures that enable new levels of efficiency, flexibility, and productivity. NetApp has worked with Microsoft to develop tightly integrated solutions, and in 2009 was selected as Microsoft 2009 Partner of the Year in the Advanced Infrastructure, Storage Solutions category. NetApp solutions for Microsoft based environments have been enhanced with the following new products.

  • SnapManager for Hyper-V- SnapManager for Hyper-V enables automated, policy-based backup and recovery for applications and services running on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. The product can help Microsoft customers eliminate backup bottlenecks, reduce human error, and greatly minimise the interruption and performance impact caused by traditional server-hosted backup and restore. In addition, NetApp now enables Microsoft virtualisation customers to dynamically expand or shrink volumes to reclaim unused storage capacity in shared storage environments.
  • SnapManager 6.0 for Microsoft Exchange Server- SnapManager for Exchange Server can help reduce storage footprint and increase operational efficiencies in the data center by minimising the number of Exchange data copies that enterprise customers need to deploy while continuing to provide enterprise-class data protection. SnapManager for Exchange Server now fully integrates single mailbox recovery capabilities to enable Exchange administrators to offload routine e-mail restore operations to help-desk personnel, helping to improve productivity and reduce the time and cost associated with recovering e-mail. SnapManager for Exchange Server is integrated with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) technology to provide efficient and flexible backup and to restore support for the new Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Database Availability Group (DAG) architecture.
  • ApplianceWatch PRO 2.0-NetApp's new ApplianceWatch™ PRO 2.0 management pack offers customers discovery, health monitoring, and performance monitoring of their NetApp storage systems with Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager. ApplianceWatch PRO 2.0 also includes a separate management pack that integrates NetApp storage controller knowledge with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager to provide a comprehensive virtualisation management solution. ApplianceWatch PRO 2.0 enables administrators to easily manage storage systems in virtual environments and offers automated resolution from the System Center Virtual Machine Manager console.

"NetApp has solutions that deliver tremendous cost savings and flexibility to our mutual customers," said Zane Adam, general manager of Virtualisation and Management at Microsoft Corp. "Cost and efficiency are critical to our customers, and NetApp storage helps them improve control and reduce the risk of implementing and managing virtualised environments."

"NetApp complements Microsoft virtualisation solutions to help meet the most demanding uptime requirements of physical and virtualised environments," said John Rollason, Solutions Marketing Manager EMEA at NetApp. "Together, we provide customers a compelling value proposition to help reduce costs and deploy, manage, and maintain their complex infrastructures to get the most value from their storage and server investments."

Pricing and Availability
Pricing is available from NetApp direct sales or reseller partners. SnapManager 6.0 for Exchange Server will be available in December 2009. SnapManager for Hyper-V and ApplianceWatch PRO 2.0 will be available in Q1 CY10. Visit the NetApp and Microsoft Solutions Partnership page to learn more about how NetApp is helping Microsoft customers reach new levels of efficiency, flexibility, and productivity in managing their complex physical and virtualised infrastructures.

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