Network Appliance and Red Hat, Inc., Unveil Strategic Global Partnership
Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 4, 2003 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of
enterprise network storage solutions, and Red Hat, Inc.
(NASDAQ:RHAT), the world's premier open source and Linux provider,
today announced the formation of their strategic global
partnership. At the core of this partnership is the companies'
mutual commitment to develop and deliver Linux storage protocols
and collaborative support for customers to maximize NetApp®
storage capabilities in Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments. The
companies also plan to engage in joint marketing efforts to
showcase enterprise storage solutions including storage
consolidation, data protection, and technical applications within
Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments.
The partnership offers customers rapid deployment and growth of
Linux storage solutions for high-performance computing. In doing
so, businesses can extend their storage capabilities to achieve the
same performance, scalability, availability, and low-cost benefits.
One of the key objectives of the NetApp and Red Hat partnership is
to establish a strong solutions focus in database and layered
applications areas, with an emphasis on data protection, technical
applications, and storage consolidation.
"The Network Appliance and Red Hat partnership demonstrates a true
milestone for enterprise storage on Red Hat Enterprise Linux," said
Mike Evans, vice president of Channel Sales and Development at Red
Hat. "Customers will be empowered with an integrated solution that
draws from each company's strengths and expertise to solve business
challenges for a variety of powerful storage infrastructure
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux and NetApp storage are a synergistic
match with a shared promise of open standards and simple approaches
paired for maximum customer benefit," said Mark Santora, senior
vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "By working
closely with Red Hat, we continue to provide the broadest operating
system support for open storage architectures and to lead the
delivery of advanced technology solutions, while maintaining lower
total cost of ownership and higher return on investment."
Formal Network Appliance/Red Hat certification
and assertive co-marketing efforts for the joint solutions will
debut in the third quarter of 2003.
About Red Hat, Inc.
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Linux provider. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and has
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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 about Network Appliance solutions
and services is available at www.netapp.com.
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