Network Appliance Powers Up the Storage Grid
Sunnyvale, Calif. - November 15, 2004 -- Network Appliance,
Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) achieved a critical milestone in expanding and
delivering its Storage Grid vision by shipping the latest version
of its powerful enterprise storage software-
Data ONTAP™ 7G. The new NetApp®
software provides the world's first dynamic virtualization engine,
capable of aggregating physical storage components into
intelligent, self-optimizing capacity pools, while enabling data
management functions to be precisely tailored to individual
application datasets. Customers using Data ONTAP 7G and its
advanced virtualization capabilities can double their storage
utilization, dramatically increase I/O performance for
enterprise-class applications, and significantly reduce storage
management costs for multi-application environments.
Data ONTAP 7G delivers these benefits by
pooling storage resources with built-in logic that automatically
manages fine-grained data, and enables administrators to shrink or
expand volumes to accommodate storage demand changes on the fly.
Whereas other solutions on the market require heavy administrator
intervention to allocate storage and are static in nature, Data
ONTAP 7G automatically handles allocations and utilization and can
absorb additional storage resources dynamically with no human
intervention. The net effects are lower storage management costs
and significant time savings as storage is intelligently configured
and reconfigured non-disruptively, even during production
Data ONTAP 7G also makes data cloning for
test, development, and simulation instantaneous and "storage
frugal", further helping with storage utilization and providing
significant benefits for customers and applications that require
lots of intensive data modeling and manipulation.
"Data ONTAP 7G simplifies data management, and
delivers what our customers are asking for-a flexible storage
infrastructure that offers high performance, massive and rapid
scalability, and minimal management overhead-all to achieve maximum
value from enterprise data," said Paul Albright, senior vice
president of Marketing at Network Appliance. "It is also the first
storage software to provide dynamic virtualization, a real
breakthrough and industry achievement in not only virtualization
but also in laying the groundwork for the world's most powerful
Storage Grid architecture."
"Data ONTAP 7G delivers exceptional business
value to help today's enterprise liberate its data for more robust,
high-performance applications in workgroups, departments, and data
centers," said Steve Duplessie at Enterprise Strategy Group.
"Whether an enterprise is looking at a traditional storage approach
or a Storage Grid, the latest storage software from NetApp offers
Plus in order to accelerate customer
readiness, improve asset utilization, and more efficiently take
advantage of the powerful new features in Data ONTAP 7G, NetApp
Global Services is launching the immediate availability of
ConsultingEdge Data Migration Services for Data ONTAP 7G. By
combining exceptional storage expertise and applying best
practices, NetApp Global Services assists customers in making a
smooth transition to Data ONTAP 7G.
Data ONTAP 7G Features
The primary new features of Data ONTAP 7G that bring compelling
user benefits to life are FlexVol™ and FlexClone™
FlexVol is a compelling new feature of
Data ONTAP 7G that creates dynamically virtualized, flexible data
containers that eliminate performance and utilization tradeoffs and
renders obsolete the notion of storage volumes being statically
tied to specific physical or logical disks. In short, FlexVol is
the feature of Data ONTAP 7G that provides dynamic virtualization.
FlexVol enables the precision tailoring of NetApp advanced data
management features, such as Snapshot™ point-in-time data
imaging and SnapMirror® replication facilities, to
the unique needs of each application data set, while also providing
the performance of large disk pools to even the smallest data sets.
FlexVol also allows for the dynamic and non-disruptive provisioning
(growing and/or shrinking) of storage volumes and facilitates a
utility storage model based on thin provisioning of capacity.
FlexVol is complemented by RAID-DP™, an
earlier NetApp innovation, making large pools of disk drives
practical and safeguarding against multidisk failure scenarios, an
increasing vulnerability given the large capacities of today's
"Competitive approaches to a solution such as
FlexVol are manual, complex, rigid, and disruptive to IT processes
and end users," said Albright. "FlexVol represents a giant leap
forward in file system and storage virtualization technology."
FlexClone enables the
near-instantaneous creation of multiple, independently writable
images of FlexVol data sets, with zero storage overhead. Cloned
data can be manipulated and tested in a variety of ways without
affecting the initial data set; only changes in the clone consume
additional storage space. Competitive approaches for cloning data
take up the same amount of storage space as the full original data
set. FlexClone represents a breakthrough innovation for database
applications and modeling.
"Application test and development environments
have to deal with inordinate complexity and storage overhead to
manage multiple cloned copies," continued Albright. "FlexClone
technology is revolutionary in the simplicity it delivers, as well
as the enormous cost savings that can be realized from its space
efficiency relative to competing solutions."
As Albright concluded, "The new FlexVol and
FlexClone capabilities in Data ONTAP 7G improve storage
utilization, increase data application performance, streamline data
center operations, enable powerful new application modeling and
testing possibilities, free IT personnel for other projects, and
ultimately save money. Our new software firmly establishes the
NetApp innovation lead in enterprise storage."
Pricing and Availability
Data ONTAP 7G is available immediately on all NetApp storage
systems. Pricing information is available from NetApp sales and
NetApp distribution partners upon request.
Conference Call Information
Network Appliance will hold a conference call to discuss details of
today's announcement. The conference call will be broadcast live
via the Internet at http://investors.netapp.com on Monday, November 15,
2004 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time. This press release and any other
information related to the call will also be posted to the Web at
www.netapp.com. The conference call will also be
available live in a listen-only format at 800-329-9097 in the
United States and 617-614-4929 outside the United States. The
passcode for both numbers is 50681530.
A replay of the call will be available for 72
hours following completion of the live call by dialing 888-286-8010
in the United States and 617-801-6888 outside the United States.
The replay passcode for both numbers is 42244268.
About Network Appliance
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for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner
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Data ONTAP 7G Customer and Partner Quote
Ken Tsai, IT Architect, Cobalt Group, Seattle, Washington
"Cobalt is very excited about the new capabilities of Data ONTAP
7G, which will give us maximum usage of our data and storage
resources, "said, Ken Tsai, IT Architect at the Cobalt Group.
Dan Greller, Chief Technology Officer Legg
Mason Wood Walker, Inc.
"Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc. is focused on delivering consistent
and reliable data storage management across our tier-one enterprise
operations. Key trends and business requirements like corporate
governance and compliance are driving the need for a better
approach to storage management that helps financial services firms
create a virtualized storage environment that better allocates
resources for running mission-critical data warehousing and
traditional OLTP applications. Functionality in Data ONTAP 7G like
FlexVol and FlexClone will make provisioning of storage resources
much faster and more flexible so we can maximize our IT investments
and successfully scale the business."
Jerome Labat, vice president of Operations
and Infrastructure for Oracle E-Business Suite
"Oracle, like its customers, requires a low-cost, easy-to-use, and
easy-to-provision storage infrastructure," said Jerome Labat, vice
president of Operations and Infrastructure for Oracle E-Business
Suite Development. "We helped specify the FlexVol and FlexClone
features of Data ONTAP 7G, and we plan to use them in our
operations to drive cost efficiencies through improved developer
productivity and storage utilization."
Paul Santinelli, director of IT at Red
"Red Hat is a satisfied NetApp customer, and has been for the past
five years. We entrust our mission-critical tools - including Red
Hat Network running on Oracle and our Oracle E-Business Suite
implementation - on NetApp unified storage systems. Our experience
as a NetApp customer validates the complementary nature of both
companies' technologies. Red Hat is enthusiastic to include the
capabilities of NetApp Data ONTAP 7G with our IT business
application infrastructure. This solution helps Red Hat serve our
Armin Balkie, Senior IT-System Architect,
"Data ONTAP 7G represents high performance, streamlined operations,
and intelligent automation. As a service provider, we benefit from
the new, instant cloning and testing capabilities for databases, an
even simpler administration, and the extremely high flexibility of
the file service to better serve our customers and easily meet
SLAs. Data ONTAP 7G is a giant step forward in the NetApp storage
grid vision. We are excited about the variety of new possibilities
within a NetApp environment."
Prof. Dr. Klaus Merle Head of Computing
Center, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany
"Data ONTAP 7G incorporates intelligence and automation that make
storage resources self-optimizing, self-protecting, and
self-healing. These benefits are a boon to today's data-driven
enterprise and simplify data management, ultimately saving money
and IT resources for other business requirements. I think we'll see
a large interest in this latest software from NetApp and that
customers will embrace FlexVol and FlexClone with open arms."
"Storage Grids are the natural complement to compute grids and
Linux farms that are coming to dominate large sectors of the
high-performance and data-intensive computing space. Network
Appliance pioneered the Storage Grid concept in autumn of last year
and Data ONTAP 7G firmly establishes NetApp leadership in the
Storage Grid space. Atempo is uniquely positioned with Time
Navigator to provide a comprehensive data protection solution for
data contained in the Storage Grid," said Francois Gauthier, chief
technology officer for Atempo.
"The Storage Grid architecture will enable tighter application
integration with database and enterprise applications, provide
superior scalability, have the ability to more easily manage data
resources based on policies, and provide improved data security,"
said Peter Mojica, vice president of Product Management, AXS-One
Inc. "NetApp Data ONTAP 7G is the ideal Storage Grid operating
BakBone Software, Inc.
"Storage Grid architectures promise to simplify the management of
storage resources and require a new approach to protecting
enterprise data assets. The combination of BakBone's NetVault and
NetApp Data ONTAP 7G provides customers with an adaptive storage
infrastructure that delivers high performance, rapid scalability,
and simplified data management of complex data resources," said
Adrian Jones, senior vice president, Worldwide OEM & Alliance
Group at BakBone Software, Inc.
Brocade Communications Systems,
"NetApp has set a new threshold of performance and capability for
enterprise storage and grid environments with Data ONTAP 7G. We are
excited about partnering with NetApp to maximize the performance of
their systems with the Brocade family of SilkWorm switches and
directors," said Tom Buiocchi, vice president Worldwide Marketing
Brocade Communications Systems Inc.
Computer Associates International,
"Today's information-centric enterprises need to view the massive
amount of data their applications are generating as a strategic
business advantage - not as a burdensome IT 'housekeeping'
challenge," said Anders Lofgren, vice president of BrightStor
storage management at CA. "CA is working closely with NetApp to
ensure that users of our BrightStor intelligent storage management
solutions can take full advantage of Data ONTAP 7G technology to
effectively exploit their enterprise data."
"NetApp Data ONTAP 7G extends the NetApp and Cisco vision for
storage consolidation, scalability, quality of service and
simplified management. Cisco and NetApp are currently in the
process of qualifying interoperability of the Cisco MDS 9000 series
of intelligent SAN switches with NetApp Data ONTAP 7G and believe
that the combination of Cisco and NetApp products will offer
customers unique solutions that address their data center needs,"
said Craig Griffin, senior director for Cisco's storage business
"As a NetApp partner, we are excited about the speed and
capabilities of Data ONTAP 7G," said Dave West, vice president of
Business Development, CommVault. "The Data ONTAP 7G solutions, like
SnapLock for compliance and SnapVault, dovetail perfectly with our
QiNetix unified data management solution. QiNetix truly integrates
backup, replication, HSM, archiving and SRM to fully leverage
high-powered storage devices, like Data ONTAP 7G, in a tiered
storage environment. With this combination, customers can maximize
data protection and availability at the lowest possible cost."
"We are seeing strong demand for scalable and extensible storage
architectures in customer environments," said Scott Hansbury,
senior vice president of Marketing, CreekPath. "As a NetApp
strategic partner, CreekPath can take advantage of Data ONTAP 7G to
provide customers with a solution that supports scalable,
interoperable storage solutions to drive tangible business
"There are a number of new features in Data ONTAP 7G that have a
dramatic impact on the management, performance, and efficiency of
NetApp-based consolidated storage environments. In particular, we
think that FlexVol functionality will be quickly embraced by
customers as a way to simplify management and drive improved
capacity utilization," said Scott Robinson, chief technology
officer at Datalink. "Using this data-centric approach to storage
pooling helps NetApp environments deliver the promise of storage
Fujitsu Siemens Computer Systems
"NetApp is continuing to deliver on its Storage Grid vision with
the launch of Data ONTAP 7G. The new version of the operating
system features tremendous virtualization capabilities leading the
way to flexible and cost conscious enterprise data management,"
said Dr. Helmut Beck, Vice President Storage at Fujitsu Siemens
Computer Systems. "Data ONTAP 7G offers a flexibility that
complements our FlexFrame architecture for a demand driven
infrastructure. We are confident that our customers will recognize
the benefits immediately."
"We believe NetApp has set a new threshold of capability and
flexibility for content storage and regulatory compliance with Data
ONTAP 7G. We are excited about partnering with NetApp not only to
help maximize the performance and minimize operational costs of our
joint solution using FileNet's P8 software with NetApp unified
storage offerings, but also for a versatile solution enabling
regulatory compliance with FileNet Records Manager and NetApp
SnapLock for enhanced data retention and protection," said Dan
Whelan, chief technology officer at FileNet.
"Our clients are focused on improving manageability and reducing
risk in their enterprise storage environments, which rely on
high-performance applications and the ability to provision storage
efficiently and cost effectively," said Richard Scannell, senior
vice president for North American consulting at GlassHouse
Technologies. "Software such as Data ONTAP 7G has the potential to
simplify data management while providing architectural flexibility
to meet the future needs of enterprise storage users."
"Data ONTAP 7G represents tremendous value to iLumin's customers
who are storing greater amounts of message archive data for longer
periods of time than ever before. Email management solutions
require future-proof scalability and NetApp has created that
framework for our customers," said Mike Gundling, iLumin vice
president of Product Management.
"Data ONTAP 7G represents a huge leap forward in enterprise storage
software. The innovations in Data ONTAP 7G such as FlexVol and
FlexClone simplify the process of storage provisioning and deliver
dramatic improvements in utilization. McDATA has leveraged these
innovations in it's SANavigator management platform to provide
comprehensive, yet simplified management of NetApp storage in a
combined IP and Fibre Channel storage area network," said Jonathan
Buckley, vice president of software platforms, McDATA.
"NetApp Data ONTAP 7G is an ideal storage platform for large Novell
SUSE LINUX-based compute farms," says Chris Schlaeger, vice
president of Research and Development at Novell Inc. "Using Novell
SUSE LINUX together with Data ONTAP 7G, our customers with their
most demanding compute intensive environments can experience even
greater performance, more flexibility, with much simplified data
management of complex data resources. The effective provisioning
and management of 1000s of scalable compute and storage building
blocks is enabled by the power of SUSE LINUX, Novell's identity
management eDirectory suite, and NetApp Data ONTAP 7G. New
previously unsolvable compute problems in the fields of life
sciences, financial services, energy exploration and computer
animation are being solved with the help of grid computing and
products from Novell and NetApp."
"NetApp Data ONTAP 7G is the ideal enterprise storage platform to
power a variety of tier one, secondary, and even Storage Grid
applications. Using Virtual File Manager (VFM) with Data ONTAP 7G,
customers can experience greater performance, more flexibility, and
simplified data management of complex data resources," said Rahul
Mehta, chief executive officer of NuView, Inc.
"The latest version of NetApp Data ONTAP
allows storage to be pooled and managed as a pool in a
data-centric-not disk-centric-approach without regard for physical
disk locations or configurations. Together with VFM, customers can
experience virtualization of a kind no one else in the industry is
providing, and represents a real benefit to data-hungry enterprises
that need to simplify their data management and maximize overall
disk subsystem performance."
"For our customers, the link between our ECM solutions and their
storage infrastructure is critical. We see NetApp Data ONTAP 7G as
a very powerful enterprise storage platform, which we support
through our Enterprise Content Repository," said Mike Baraiolo,
vice president of Global Business Development at Open Text. "By
combining our solutions with Data ONTAP 7G, customers can manage
large volumes of data more easily and experience greater
performance, more flexibility, and simplified management of complex
"Princeton Softech's leading database archiving technology and a
flexible, manageable and cost-efficient storage infrastructure are
essential to implementing an enterprise Information Lifecycle
Management (ILM) strategy," said Paul Winn, president and CEO,
Princeton Softech. "NetApp storage solutions, equipped with the new
Data ONTAP 7G software, and Princeton Softech's Active Archive
Solutions, enable our mutual customers to better manage the
lifecycle of their most business-critical data - their enterprise
PTC Systems Pte Ltd.
"FlexClone is an intelligent, simple tool for duplicating data
without having to pay a penalty on capacity," said Benjamin Leong,
senior technical consultant at PTC Systems Pte Ltd. "For the first
time our customers have a more efficient and dependable way of
Database testing and for developing production data. They now have
the ability to clone, test, destroy, and replicate the cloning
process in a matter of minutes, saving money, time, and manpower.
FlexClone is a breakthrough storage solution that we expect to
greatly improve how our customers' handle data."
"Managing the enterprise data explosion is becoming one of the most
important challenges facing successful organizations in today's
business environment," said Sumit Kundu, director of engineering at
Sybase, Inc. "Solutions created using NetApp Data ONTAP 7G and
Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) and other Sybase
information management products, will provide customers with more
automated storage management capabilities in a Storage Grid
environment, leading to greater scalability, higher performance and
reduced cost of operations."
"The NetApp Data ONTAP 7G Storage Grid architecture will provide
superior data protection and security. Combining Data ONTAP 7G with
Syncsort's Backup Express allows customers to protect critical data
and maintain business continuity with a new threshold of
capability. With Data ONTAP 7G, customers can achieve instant
recovery-point objectives and implement even more comprehensive
disaster recovery, all while simplifying the management of
ever-growing extensive data and resources," Dan Regan, executive
vice president, Syncsort, Inc.
"VERITAS and NetApp continue to work together to offer innovative
data and storage management solutions to meet our customers'
evolving business requirements. Specifically, through our KVS
business unit, we are working with NetApp to help customers cope
with growing compliance and regulatory requirements and ever
expanding volumes of e-mail and documents by delivering solutions
that allow them to transparently archive data and quickly retrieve
specific information as needed," said Sanjay Poonen, vice president
of strategic alliances, VERITAS Software. "VERITAS products such as
VERITAS NetBackup™ and VERITAS Enterprise Vault™
software leverage key elements of Data ONTAP 7G to offer our mutual
customers powerful solutions to address these important
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