Network Appliance Unveils New Unified Storage Solutions
Sunnyvale, CA - October 1, 2002 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced a new
unified storage platform, the
FAS900 series, that significantly expands the
company's solutions portfolio, evolving Network Appliance into a
full-line storage supplier. The FAS900 series is Network
Appliance's new flagship offering, setting industry-leading
standards for storage performance and scalability. And with
software updates from
Data ONTAP™, the FAS900 series is also the
company's first storage appliance to support Fibre Channel SAN
environments, enabling Network Appliance to deliver the industry's
first unified storage engine capable of handling networked storage
in SAN and/or NAS mode. Today's product announcement highlights the
expanding role of Network Appliance as a storage innovator, and,
most importantly, illustrates how Network Appliance is tailoring
solutions that meet its customers' needs for storage consolidation,
data center operations, business continuance, and distributed
Additional products announced today include NetApp®
SyncMirror™ software, the NetApp
F825, and a 7TB NearStore™ R100 solution.
The company also unveiled new professional services to expand its
enterprise service portfolio. These products and services firmly
establish Network Appliance as a leading full-line enterprise
storage solutions supplier for today's data-intensive enterprise,
and allow Network Appliance to offer customers the broadest range
of compatible storage solutions designed to handle all types of
"Customers analyze application requirements and then ask for a
storage solution that best fits the needs of that particular
application," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing
at Network Appliance. "Today's enterprise has serious business
challenges, and technology debates are less important than the
ability to achieve high returns at a low cost. As of today, NetApp
storage solutions suit the widest range of business needs for the
broadest range of data types-bar none. The new products and
solutions we are announcing establish a new storage benchmark for
the industry and usher in a new range of IT options for today's
As Steve Duplessie, senior analyst at Enterprise Storage Group
added, "Customers need a single storage platform that handles both
SAN and NAS for block access and file access. Network Appliance's
approach to unified storage offers this solution and eliminates the
SAN vs. NAS argument that is no longer relevant for today's
"With NetApp's new enterprise solutions, SAS has the ability to
architect an integrated and unified storage solution that allows us
to manage and access information throughout our company using the
same platform to access NAS, SAN, and direct-attached storage,"
said Keith Collins, CTO at SAS Institute. "That is important to our
business at SAS, because it further maximizes our IT operations and
contributes to driving down our overall software development
"We installed Network Appliance's new FAS960 enterprise SAN
solution in a business-critical database application and file
serving environment," said Frank Walter, storage solutions
consultant at Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services. "Our
performance and availability testing provided us with the
confidence to deploy the products in our data center operations. By
adding NetApp SAN functionality to our environment, we have
architected a unified storage infrastructure with both
high-performance SAN and NAS connectivity."
The FAS900 series establishes new performance, scalability, and
capacity thresholds for the storage industry and was designed from
the ground up to handle today's compute- and data-intensive
enterprise applications including database, data warehousing,
collaborative, and messaging environments. Depending on the
software running on the FAS900 series, the platform supports a
variety of storage topologies, including SAN and NAS, and is
therefore the industry's first unified storage engine.
With Fibre Channel protocols, the FAS900-FCP series has already
achieved inclusion on the Hardware Compatibility List for
Microsoft, and the product has been well received among customers
running Microsoft® enterprise applications.
As Santora elaborated, "Network Appliance is bringing to SAN what
all SAN implementations to date have sorely lacked-simplicity.
Prior SAN products were complex; NetApp has made SAN simpler. And
in today's budget- and time-constrained IT departments, simplicity
is the win or lose proposition."
As part of the Network Appliance F800 enterprise filer product
line, the F825 is a refreshed entry-level version of the enterprise
F820 filer designed to offer small- to medium-sized enterprises
affordable enterprise-class performance, simplicity, and 3TB of raw
data capacity. The F825 lowers total cost of ownership for
customers by consolidating multiple filers, decreasing system
overhead, and increasing performance for background activities.
Both the F825 and F880 systems also now support Fibre Channel SAN
environments as well as NAS topologies.
SyncMirror is an enterprise-class solution that delivers
synchronous data replication capability and provides data
protection for mission-critical applications. By simultaneously
writing two copies of a file system on a Network Appliance storage
system, SyncMirror provides the highest level of data availability.
In the event that one copy becomes unavailable, all data access
will be automatically directed to the second copy without human
intervention. Additionally, the replicated data can be split off to
serve other applications.
In the face of tremendous customer acceptance of the NearStore
product line, Network Appliance is extending that family with a new
entry-level NearStore offering at 7TBs of raw storage. Offering the
same features and benefits of the existing 12TB version of the
product, the 7TB NearStore solution provides a lower entry price
point for applications with smaller nearline storage needs.
Network Appliance is also extending its enterprise services
portfolio with three new services packages and a new nine-step
consulting methodology with corresponding professional services.
These services are designed to help customers implement SAN
solutions in a fast, simple, and reliable way and to provide an
integrated "total solution" approach to customer SAN
Additional product and service details on the FAS900 series and all
new solutions are available online at www.netapp.com.
About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in open network storage
solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its
inception in 1992, Network Appliance has pioneered technology,
product, and partner firsts that continue to drive the evolution of
Network Appliance, Inc.