PETCO Delivers the Kibble Quickly and Efficiently by Utilizing NetApp® Storage Solutions
Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 13, 2006 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that PETCO
(Nasdaq: PETC) has selected NetApp storage solutions for three
distribution centers that manage the delivery of more than 10,000
product types to over 750 PETCO stores in 48 states. NetApp
solutions were chosen to enhance the performance, availability, and
manageability of the PETCO warehouse management system, which
handles product-to-store shipments and fulfillment of e-commerce (
www.petco.com) orders. NetApp solutions
were deployed to help streamline and provide higher availability
for PETCO's mission-critical distribution center operations,
allowing PETCO to achieve cost savings and deliver the highest
quality of customer service.
With the help of Trace|3, an IT solution
provider, the new infrastructure has been deployed at the largest
of PETCO's distribution sites and is supporting the company's
warehouse management system, built on a Pervasive PSQL database
system. Leveraging NetApp Snapshot™ technology, PETCO
achieves "within minutes" data recovery, dramatically reduced
scheduled downtime, and nearly maintenance-free storage operation.
The NetApp FAS250 systems replace a direct-attached storage
structure that proved increasingly cumbersome to protect and manage
as distribution center transaction rates grew.
"With our transaction rates, tape backup is
not enough," said Andrew Ross, manager of Business Systems at
PETCO. "We had server-to-server mirroring technology, but found
that it was challenging to manage and only gave us the ability to
mirror the most current data. In contrast, NetApp Snapshot
technology lets us make multiple point-in-time copies
instantaneously. In the old environment, if we had to roll back to
a previous day's tape, we would have spent significant time
recreating manual processes or performing physical inventories to
verify product locations. We can't risk production halts that have
the potential to keep hundreds of warehouse workers and dozens of
NetApp Data ONTAP® 7G software with
NetApp FlexVol™ technology allows PETCO to achieve true
storage virtualization and improved overall disk utilization by
adding storage when and where it is needed without disruption and
risk and provides administrators the flexibility to adapt quickly
and easily to management needs.
"Configuring RAID volumes in the past
typically meant wasting parity disks," added Hanuman Yalamanchi,
database administrator at PETCO. "With the flexibility of
aggregates, we don't waste any space. The NetApp solution has also
allowed us to reduce planned maintenance by two-thirds, and
administration takes under an hour per week. Network Appliance has
enabled us to deploy a solution that not only meets current
requirements, but also will scale to deliver the performance we'll
need in the future."
About PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
PETCO is a leading specialty retailer of premium pet food, supplies
and services. PETCO's vision is to best promote, through its
people, the highest level of well being for companion animals, and
to support the human-animal bond. PETCO generated net sales of more
than $1.8 billion in fiscal 2004. It operates over 750 stores in 48
states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading
destination for on-line pet food and supplies at www.petco.com.
Since its inception in 1999, The PETCO Foundation, PETCO's
non-profit organization, has raised more than $28 million in
support of more than 3,300 non-profit grassroots animal welfare
organizations around the nation.
About Network Appliance
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for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
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Jaime Leigh Le
Network Appliance, Inc.