Analyst Firm Finds Network Appliance™ File Server Consolidation Solutions Provide Positive Return on Investment
Sunnyvale, Calif. - November 13, 2003
-- Network Appliance Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of
enterprise network storage solutions, today announced a new Total
Economic Impact™ (TEI) study from Forrester Research, Inc.
that estimates using Network Appliance solutions can provide a
sample organization a risk-adjusted 99 percent return on investment
(ROI) over a three-year period with a break even point (payback
period) within 12 months for an organization performing storage
consolidation on Windows file serving and home directories. In a
three-year window, this amounts to a risk-adjusted cost savings of
$2,146,812. The study demonstrates the benefits achieved by Network
Appliance's approach to providing storage consolidation solutions
such as reduce complexity, decrease downtime, increase scalability,
improve reliability, and lower overhead costs.
"This TEI study validates our claim to deliver solutions that are
simple, highly scalable, and lower the total cost of ownership for
consolidation in Windows environments," said Mark Santora, senior
vice president of Marketing at Network Appliance. "We are dedicated
to delivering cost-effective solutions that meet customers' needs
in the enterprise storage space now and in the future."
The study was based on in-depth interviews with four organizations
currently using Network Appliance's File Server consolidation
solutions including storage systems, data management, software and
services. The report examines the estimated ROI for a sample
organization and presents the aggregate findings derived from the
interview and analysis process as well as the firm's independent
research. Financial results were calculated by using a three-year
summary of the net present value, risk-adjusted costs and benefits
for a sample organization as well as ROI and payback period.
From this research, Forrester found the following benefits were
achieved by using Network Appliance file server consolidation
- A decrease in the number of servers reducing
management complexity and saving server licensing and hardware
- The ability to scale more easily by adding
disks to an existing NetApp Server instead of buying additional
- The ability to make storage capacity additions
- Allows organizations to be more diverse in
selecting server platforms (Unix or Windows) now that files can be
- The ability to streamline data management
- Media and software cost savings associated
with centralized backup
- Reduced administrative requirements, managing
more data capacity with less people
- Improved virus protection and reliability
For more information on the report, please
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