NetApp Helps Customers Solve Data Backup, Recovery, and Protection Challenges
Sunnyvale, Calif. - February 7, 2006
-- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced a
broad new array of products, technologies, and services designed to
help customers find new ways to protect and manage their critical
enterprise data-without incurring significant new costs,
dramatically altering their existing data management processes, or
"ripping and replacing" existing infrastructure investments.
Today's announcements highlight the broad range of NetApp®
disk-to-disk backup and security solutions that simplify data
backup procedures, improve recoverability, and lower backup
Today's news also highlights NetApp
initiatives to help customers realize the greatest possible benefit
from their storage investments, including industry-leading
capabilities to protect data stored on any vendor's storage
systems; tight integration with all of the major backup and data
management applications; extensions of the Decru®
DataFort™ product line to provide the ultimate in data
security; and the formal kickoff of the NetApp disk-to-disk backup
campaign, designed to help customers extend the use of disk-to-disk
data protection technologies into even more parts of their IT
New products unveiled today represent a
significant expansion of the NetApp disk-to-disk backup family,
including two offerings in the new NearStore® Virtual Tape
Library (VTL) family, new Decru DataFort E-Series functionality for
unified NAS-iSCSI protocol support, enhanced capabilities for
NetApp customers to protect their remote office/branch office
(ROBO) data as well as that in their data centers. Additionally,
NetApp is collaborating with long-standing partner, Symantec, to
enhance overall disk-to-disk backup designed to offer greater
functionality for customers deploying NetApp with VERITAS
NetBackup®, now from Symantec. Complementary new services
announced today include a VTL Design and Implementation Service, a
Disaster Recovery Design and Implementation Service, and a Backup
and Recovery Design and Implementation Service.
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"Our entire disk-to-disk backup family helps
solve our customers' most pressing needs: managing huge and growing
data volumes, protecting that data from a variety of threats and
risks, and preserving uptime," said Warmenhoven. "We created the
disk-to-disk backup market more than four years ago with the first
NearStore product using inexpensive disks to provide enterprise
protection. Today's announcements extend that leadership, offer
more choice and flexibility to our customers, and bring credibility
to the emerging VTL space. The net effects are simpler management
and lower outlay costs--as well as higher data availability-which
translate directly into bottom line payoffs."
"Disk-to-disk backup is ready for primetime,"
said Carl Greiner, senior vice president, Infrastructure at Ovum
Inc. "Customers are growing frustrated at the limitations of tape
and desire an approach that increases performance, offers
much-needed simplicity, and maximizes the value they extract from
their existing investments in data backup infrastructure."
The NetApp NearStore family debuted in 2001 and rapidly set the
industry benchmark for economical, high-capacity data retention and
data protection solutions, including disk-to-disk backup.
Today, the family has expanded with the
addition of two NearStore VTL solutions-the single-head NearStore
VTL600 and the dual-head NearStore VTL1200. NearStore VTL is a
dedicated, enterprise-class storage appliance that emulates
physical tape libraries, stores large capacities of backup data on
disk, and automatically copies data to physical tape under backup
application control within any open systems storage environment.
Both new systems are based on proven NetApp hardware and run NetApp
VTL software, which integrates seamlessly with a wide range of
storage management and backup software, including NetApp Data
ONTAP®. NearStore VTL is a compelling disk-to-disk backup
solution for all open systems enterprise primary storage, including
EMC, Hitachi, and IBM storage environments.
NearStore VTL is ideal for customers who want
greater performance and simpler data management from their existing
tape environments-and to maximize a return on investment (ROI) from
their substantial existing investments in a backup application and
tape infrastructure. NearStore VTL delivers superior backup service
levels and economic value with its groundbreaking Self-Tuning and
Tape Smart Sizing technologies for dynamic workload balancing, 50%
physical tape savings, high-speed physical tape creation, and
enhanced data integrity. Additionally, NearStore VTL transparently
integrates with Decru DataFort appliances for encryption of data on
disk and tape for enterprise-wide data security.
Luke Mun, backup administrator at IGT, used
one word to describe the company's experience with NetApp NearStore
VTL. "Impressive," Mun said.
Mun continued, "The VTL solution was very easy
and straightforward to install. Preliminary results show our backup
throughput at four to five times faster with NearStore VTL. This
can really help shorten our backup window and free up the network.
Additionally, VTL has allowed us to avoid five to 10 media failures
each day, which can cost us anywhere from two and a half to five
hours a day to correct. This will greatly reduce our administrative
NearStore VTL systems scale from 4.5TB to
168TB; integrate seamlessly with backup application software from
industry leaders BakBone, CA, CommVault, HP, Legato, Symantec,
Syncsort, and Tivoli; and work with tape libraries from ADIC, IBM,
Quantum, StorageTek, and others.
More details on NearStore VTL, including how
the solution achieves flagship performance and tape economies, are
The NearStore R-Series platforms, which
continue to operate with Data ONTAP software, remain the customer
choice for archival and compliance storage. The NearStore R-Series
disk-to-disk backup solutions-with unparalleled integration and
unmatched simplicity-provide end-user file restore capabilities and
the most optimal storage utilization.
In related data protection news, Decru, a
NetApp company, today announced Decru DataFort E-Series Version 3.0
firmware for IP-based storage environments. The new firmware
further extends the Decru unified storage security platform by
incorporating CIFS, NFS, and now iSCSI onto a single appliance.
With this offering, Decru is the first and only security vendor to
ship a security appliance for network-attached storage (NAS) and IP
SAN environments. The new firmware includes enhanced antivirus
support, role-based access controls for administrators, and
expanded key management functionality. Key customer applications
for DataFort include regulatory compliance, customer data privacy,
secure disaster recovery, and secure outsourcing. Additional
details on this and other Decru solutions are available at
Additionally, customers continue to benefit
from tight integration of Symantec's NetBackup software, NetApp
SnapVault® software, and the NetApp NearStore R-Series
platform, which are now available and shipping. To keep pace with
rapid growth in the size of data volumes, NetBackup software
enables IT to take an innovative step forward toward centralized
management and recovery of data with a broad range of backup and
snapshot technologies, including those provided by NetApp. Unique
to the industry, the joint disk-to-disk backup solution from
Symantec and NetApp helps customers centrally manage and simplify
disk-based backups though the NetBackup console. The combined
solution also enables organizations to backup any storage vendors'
primary storage systems, maximizing data access with fast and
reliable restores using online backups and point-in-time snapshots,
reduce media usage by eliminating redundant data, and simplify the
entire data protection process with a single point-and-click
interface. Additional details are available at
"We have been partnering with NetApp for more
than three years on a worldwide scale to provide our mutual
customers with the highest levels of data protection and allow them
to achieve reliable, rapid data recovery," said Jeremy Burton,
senior vice president, the Data Management Group from Symantec
Corp. "Our goal is to enable enterprises to get the most of their
backup environment by deploying solutions that help them reduce
complexity and focus on what makes their businesses excel."
To help customers quickly and effectively leverage these and other
new products and product enhancements, NetApp Global Services (NGS)
launched three new service offerings today.
The first of those offerings is a VTL Design
and Implementation Service, specifically designed for NearStore
VTL. The second service is the Disaster Recovery Design and
Implementation Service. And the third service is the Backup and
Recovery Design and Implementation Service.
These new services greatly expand the overall
NGS backup, recovery, and restore consulting portfolio. These
services complement the products introduced today, as well as the
existing portfolio of hardware and software products. Together the
new solutions and services provide customers with solutions to help
their business remain in business-even in the event of a
Customer benefits of the three new services
- Maximized data protection. Helps
customers efficiently execute backups, recoveries, and restores in
a timely manner to provide continuous access to mission-critical
- Leveraged expertise. The NGS highly
trained professional services staff has extensive NetApp hardware
and software certifications, best-in-class enterprise storage
architecture experience, and deep project management skills.
- Empowered IT staff. In each engagement,
NGS applies industry best practices and proven methodologies by
providing a thorough knowledge transfer to customers. NGS will
fully train your IT staff to aid a fluid adoption of routine backup
and restore operations.
For more information about these new service
Pricing and Availability
All products and services described in this press release are
available immediately from NetApp. Customer pricing is available
from NetApp sales or sales partners.
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