Network Appliance Increases Investment in India
Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 28, 2003 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced today that it will
be opening a facility in India to add engineering, customer
support, and professional services staff in Bangalore, India's
leading technology development city. Network Appliance expects to
begin staffing the facility by June of this year. The increased
investments in India complement worldwide engineering and customer
services staffs in Europe, the United States, and Singapore, and
reflect the ongoing global expansion of Network Appliance as an
enterprise storage leader.
"Leading storage companies and our solution partners have created
operations in India," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network
Appliance, Inc. "We need to be close to that development work, and
closer to our customers in all parts of the world. Increasing our
investment in India strengthens our leadership position in
enterprise storage and expands our global capabilities."
Network Appliance has long maintained concurrent engineering staffs
on both coasts of the United States. Adding engineering resources
in India increases overall engineering productivity for the company
by enabling ongoing global development in the areas of solution
maintenance as well as leading edge development around Network
Appliance's core intellectual properties.
The Network Appliance customer support and professional services
organization has also operated under a "follow the sun" strategy
with four global support centers: one in Europe, one in Singapore,
and two in the United States. Additional support and services
personnel in India will help Network Appliance provide even greater
value to its enterprise customers around the world.
In related news, Network Appliance has named Manish Goel as
president of the Network Appliance India Technology Operation.
Manish joined Network Appliance in March 2002 in corporate
development and has been instrumental in strategic business
initiatives, including the company's recent relationship with
Hitachi Data Systems. He joined Network Appliance from Copper
Mountain Networks, where he was the vice president of business
development responsible for mergers and acquisitions, OEM
relationships, and strategic business endeavors. Manish was also a
director of business development at Cadence Design Systems and a
strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company advising US and Indian
companies on growth strategies and operational effectiveness. He
holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania and a BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology at
Anal Jain continues in his role as president of the Network
Appliance India Sales Operation, also located in Bangalore.
As Dan Warmenhoven commented, "I am very pleased that Manish has
accepted this new position as president of our India Technology
Operation. Manish has consistently demonstrated that he can execute
to strategic vision, and I am certain he will make our India
operations world class."
"Network Appliance has proven that we are a market leader in
creating and delivering enterprise storage systems that meet our
customers' broad and stringent data needs," added Manish Goel. "I
am honored to take on this new responsibility to advance
NetApp® solutions and expand our presence in India and
Manish continued, "India is especially appealing for Network
Appliance as we expand our engineering and customer support
capabilities. The workforce is highly educated and technically
savvy, government and industry cooperate to create a harmonious
business climate, and legal infrastructures help protect corporate
intellectual property. Over the years, technology workers in India
have impressed the world with not only their formidable skills, but
also their zeal for quality value-added work that contributes to
the success of India-based operations and divisions."
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
storage. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and
services is available at www.netapp.com.
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