Network Appliance Enhances Sales Relationship with Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Sunnyvale, CA - March 14, 2002 --
Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of network
storage solutions, and Fujitsu Siemens Computers announced today a
significant enhancement to their European-wide sales relationship
which began in July 2000. As Fujitsu Siemens Computers broadens its
product portfolio into the blade server business, the company named
Network Appliance as its strategic storage partner for this new
server architecture. Blade servers represent a next step in the
development of rack mount servers. They separate CPUs from I/O and
do not use PCI slots, thus providing the highest server density at
the lowest power consumption.
"Blade servers require storage architectures that provide data
services over a LAN. Network-centric storage solutions are the
ideal solution. We chose Network Appliance as a storage partner for
blade server environments because they offer the most robust
network storage solutions and meet the demanding enterprise need
for server consolidation in the data center," says Dieter Herzog,
vice president Primergy Servers, Fujitsu Siemens Computers.
"Together, we offer customers low TCO, ease of management, and high
"The evolution of storage toward network-centric architectures is a
natural fit as rack mount servers evolve to blade configurations,'
said Ray Villeneuve, vice president of marketing at Network
Appliance. "Fujitsu Siemens Computers is paving the way for a new
server paradigm. We're excited to continue to be part of the
process that helps customers simplify their data centers and reap
greater rewards from IT investments."
Blade servers complement Network Appliance enterprise storage
solutions, which offer significant cost reductions as well as high
investment returns. NetApp® filers are the ideal platform for
storage consolidation and ensure high-performance, reliable data
access in traditional server environments as well as for server
blades. NetApp filers integrate seamlessly into existing Gigabit
Ethernet environments and provide comprehensive management
functionality including Snapshot™ technology and Clustered
Failover providing enterprise-class availability.
About Network Appliance
Network Appliance, Inc., a leader in enterprise network storage,
has been providing data access solutions since 1992 and is a member
of both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100 index. Major
corporations and service providers, including Citicorp Securities,
Lockheed, Merrill Lynch, Oracle, Texas Instruments, and Yahoo!,
utilize NetApp global data management solutions.
The company pioneered the concept of the "network appliance," an
extension of the industry trend toward dedicated, specialized
products that perform a single function. NetApp storage and content
delivery platforms (filers and NetCache® appliances) are
coupled with powerful content distribution and reporting software,
offering seamless data management from the back-end data center to
the remote edges of the network quickly, simply, and reliably. The
Network Appliance™ product portfolio utilizes the company's
innovative data access software, known as the Data ONTAP™
operating system, as well as standards-compliant hardware. It also
offers multiprotocol support and transparent integration for
UNIX® and Windows® environments.
Jaime Leigh Jinks
Network Appliance, Inc.