NetApp® Storage Delivers "Significant Return on Investment" within SAP Core Software Development Operations
Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 18, 2005 -
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that SAP
achieved significant cost savings-decreasing the total cost of
ownership (TCO) by 36%-in its business-critical production
environment using NetApp unified storage solutions, according to a
recently released study conducted by Mercer Management Consulting.
Today's news is another milestone in the SAP and NetApp
collaboration and further proof of the natural fit between both
companies' technologies and strategies.
Mercer, one of the world's premier corporate
strategy and operations firms, worked directly with SAP to collect
the data and analyze the total cost comparison and benefits of
NetApp storage in the SAP solution environment operated and managed
by SAP Hosting, a 100% owned subsidiary of SAP.
Key Mercer Study Cost-Savings Findings
- NetApp lowered the TCO by 36%, versus the TCO
of the former direct-attached storage (DAS) architecture. This
percentage is driven in part by increased IT asset
- NetApp lowered the ongoing direct internal
costs to SAP's IT department by 49%. This is driven by the ease of
management and flexibility provided by NetApp software.
- NetApp lowered the costs associated with
scheduled and unscheduled downtime by 34%. This is driven by the
NetApp clustered failover architecture, limited maintenance
requirements, and fast recovery from any downtime provided by the
NetApp Snapshot™ capability.
"Mercer's research is further evidence of the
dramatic cost benefits and superior availability achieved with the
advanced functionality of NetApp storage solutions," said Patrick
Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network
Appliance, Inc. "The NetApp approach provides simplicity and
control over what is innately a complex environment, arming
customers with proven tools to achieve a rapid return on
About Mercer Management
As one of the world's premier corporate strategy and operations
firms, Mercer Management Consulting helps leading enterprises
develop, build, and operate strong businesses that deliver
sustained shareholder value growth.
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. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and
services is available at www.netapp.com.
Network Appliance, Inc.