Network Appliance Achieves Leadership Status in the First Enterprise Network-Attached Storage METAspectrum Publication
Sunnyvale, CA - February 24, 2003 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of
enterprise storage solutions, today announced that it has been
ranked as a market leader in META Group's recently released
METAspectrumSM for enterprise network-attached storage.
META Group's findings further validate that Network Appliance
continues to enhance and expand its storage strategy through
products, solutions, programs, and partnerships that bring powerful
functionality and scalability to customers and broaden the
company's overall market reach.
META Group (NASDAQ: METG), a leading research and consulting firm
that focuses on information technology and business transformation
strategies, recently released the new METAspectrum analysis, which
evaluated several network-attached storage (NAS) products from
companies such as Auspex, EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company,
IBM, Network Appliance, and VERITAS Software Corporation. The
analysis was based on categories such as vision/strategy,
channels/partners, awareness/reputation, geographic coverage,
business drivers, industry focus, technology, services, pricing,
execution, and financials.
Network Appliance was positioned as a leader in the METAspectrum
analysis, and was specifically recognized for its ability to
innovate and differentiate itself through technology developments.
The METAspectrum analysis also acknowledged Network Appliance's
ability to broaden its investments and products into the SAN
marketplace with its NetApp® FAS900 series and storage
solutions and noted the company's sales channel expansion based on
its agreement with Hitachi Data Systems.
"Being recognized as a leader in network-attached storage by META
group reaffirms our commitment to deliver the highest performing,
cost-effective storage solutions, products, partnerships, and
services to our enterprise customers," said Phil Williams, vice
president of Global Alliances and Strategy at Network Appliance.
"Our vision continues to be based on delivering products/solutions
that leverage new technology advancements and meet current
"Companies in the METAspectrum analysis were evaluated on the most
important presence and performance criteria in today's
marketplace," said Phil Goodwin, program director, META Group.
"Vendors positioned with well-defined products and services and
high-levels of customer satisfaction will continue to succeed in
METAspectrum evaluations from META Group (NASDAQ: METG) provide IT
professionals with a view into critical market success factors and
vendor positioning. METAspectrum, in combination with META Group's
SPEX modules-which provide detailed technical analysis of product
features and capabilities-delivers comprehensive evaluations of
both technology markets and vendor product offerings. There are
multiple market evaluations planned for release in 2002.
METAspectrum evaluations are a standard component of a META Group
retainer service subscription and are updated quarterly,
biannually, or annually, depending on the characteristics of
individual markets. To view completed market evaluations, or learn
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About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions
for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
Network Appliance has delivered technology, product and partner
firsts that continue to drive the evolution of storage. Information
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