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

LONDON, UK. - 09 November 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 that 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 to be ready for the future and use IT as a tool to capitalise on new growth opportunities."

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 in-line 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 mid-range storage systems - FAS/V3270, FAS/V3240 and FAS/V3210 - delivers one of the industry's most cost-effective platforms for greater flexibility and efficiency, higher performance and enterprise availability to support today's mid-range 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 resilience and availability for enterprise storage needs.
  • OnCommand Management Software Suite
    • NetApp's new management suite, OnCommand, allows greater control and optimisation 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 Centre Solution
    • As part of their ongoing collaboration, Cisco, NetApp and VMware are offering a presized, validated, standardised data centre architecture design that is available through selected joint channel partners. FlexPod for VMware® helps customers accelerate their transformation to a virtualised, 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 customising their infrastructure.

Supporting Quotes

  • Dave Allen, UK Managing Director, NetApp
    "Business demands are changing fast and IT infrastructures need to adapt to more quickly to new applications and products. To be able to adopt technologies such as virtualisation and cloud computing companies need to move towards a more flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure. NetApp enables end users to do this and this launch shows that we have the customer's needs and demands in mind. Decisions which impact the long-term success of a company's business are the most important and our technology can help customers to make these decisions now without future compromise."
  • Mark Peters, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)
    "Facing the dual challenges of flat IT budgets and exploding data growth, IT organisations need to keep pace with the business requirements of today, yet also be ready to adapt and respond to the demands of tomorrow. The resulting urgency to employ more dynamic, flexible and efficient IT approaches - including various cloud implementations - is being enabled by many new technologies that have matured, including those that NetApp is announcing here. These can be used to create a genuine shared IT infrastructure that combines the best of traditional and cloud approaches in order to allow organisations to seize new opportunities and ultimately to advance and accelerate their business objectives."

Availability and Pricing
The NetApp products and technologies can be ordered today through NetApp or NetApp's worldwide network of value-added, authorised 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/uk/how-to-buy/.

Virtual Event: "Make the Leap to a Shared IT Infrastructure"
Join NetApp for a 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 organisation. To register, visit www.netapp.com/uk/future-ready/.

Additional Resources

About NetApp
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that accelerate business breakthroughs and deliver outstanding cost efficiency. Discover NetApp's passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster, at www.netapp.uk.

Press Contact:
Sarah Tolle
NetApp
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sarah.tolle@netapp.com

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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 like DCI and eLynx accelerate their path to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure. Here's what some of them are saying:

Neil Burton, Solutions Director Datacentre, Computacenter
"Clients large and small are looking for ways to measurably reduce costs whilst increasing their ability to be responsive to the demands of their business. The key is to select partnerships that deliver solutions that are relevant to these challenges, that are proven and future proof and that return a predictable TCO. Computacenter is very pleased to be able to partner with NetApp in the provision of highly optimised storage platforms to organisations looking to implement best of breed technologies to capitalise on new markets and themselves offer better, higher quality services."

Paul Sweeney, Managing Director, ANS Group
"Organisations can no longer affordably cope with the new realities of growth and pace of business. A shared infrastructure enables flexible IT that helps customers seize new opportunities and accelerate their business. We are excited by today's announcement, and looking forward to joining forces with NetApp to provide solutions that help our customers respond on demand to the evolving needs of the business."

Gary Green, Vice-President, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware
"Virtualisation and shared storage are critical to enabling a shared IT infrastructure, which offers organisations greater flexibility and efficiency to keep pace quickly 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 standardised platform from three industry leaders."