Calif.-March 31, 2008-NetApp (NASDAQ:
NTAP) today announced that the deduplication adoption rate among
its customers has tripled since November 2007, with more than 3,500
systems and 100 petabytes (PB) of raw storage capacity, solidifying
NetApp as a leader in deduplication technology. NetApp now has more
than 1,000 customers who have deployed NetApp® deduplication
across all tiers of data, including primary, backup, and archival
data, making it the only vendor to offer end-to-end deduplication.
Deduplication technology, which plays an important role in
virtualized environments, is quickly gaining traction with
customers who struggle with data proliferation and the headaches
that are associated with it. Now customers can eliminate
redundant data quickly and easily, which improves space and power
efficiencies, and reduces the amount of raw storage required.
Furthermore, NetApp deduplication strengthens NetApp's portfolio of
space-saving technologies, which also include RAID 6, thin
provisioning and flexible clones. Like these other space-saving
technologies, NetApp deduplication is a core part of the Data
ONTAP® operating system, so it is available across the
complete FAS family of systems, and all classes of storage.
NetApp is the only major storage and data management vendor to
embed deduplication technology across its entire line of storage
"There is a definite trend in the market today to virtualize
storage environments," said Heidi Biggar, analyst, Enterprise
Strategy Group. "Deduplication is just one example. Organizations
are embracing deduplication because of the efficiencies it provides
their organizations, significantly reducing the amount of physical
capacity that must be purchased and managed. By making
deduplication available across its storage portfolio via Data
ONTAP, NetApp makes it easier for organizations to leverage
deduplication throughout their environments. NetApp has clearly
become a leader in this space."
Dexma, a company that creates and hosts mortgage lending
software for financial institutions, is a NetApp customer that has
leveraged deduplication to help realize greater data storage
management capabilities. By combining NetApp and VMware®
solutions, Dexma has created a virtual environment that enhances
storage provisioning and increases Dexma's ability to more easily
scale its storage system to meet its data management needs.
Since the installation of NetApp deduplication in September
2007, Dexma has recovered much of its previously utilized disk
space. This has freed up crucial disk space to be used by other
applications and has enabled Dexma to efficiently manage its
current business-critical data.
"We were able to decrease our storage requirements for our
customer file retention by 35%," said David Waterhouse, senior
system administrator, Dexma Inc. "NetApp deduplication provided us
with an easy but valuable way of conserving space on our storage
systems. This has had a direct effect on our bottom line."
"Our IBM System Storage N series customers truly value the space
and power efficiencies that are provided by deduplication," said
Stephen Grillo, manager, Worldwide N series Marketing at IBM.
"Technological advancements in data deduplication across the
industry are making this a must-have feature for many of our
customers. We know how important features such as virtualization,
policy management, and deduplication are to customers, and through
our partnership with NetApp we are providing them with a choice of
data deduplication technology."
Deduplication, which is free of charge to customers as an
inherent feature in all NetApp storage systems, will also be free
when it is extended to NetApp's Virtual Tape Library (VTL) offering
later this year. The deduplication option for NearStore® VTL
will dramatically reduce the cost of storing backups on disk by
providing effective storage capacities that are greater than
In January 2008, Forrester Research cited NetApp as a LEADER in
"The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Open Systems Virtual Tape
Libraries, Q1 2008" report. Forrester identified NetApp as having
one of the strongest product strategies for its NearStore VTL
offering. The report, which helps clients make informed decisions
when selecting a vendor, evaluates vendors against a comprehensive
set of criteria and assesses the state of the enterprise open
systems VTL market.
"Deduplication has become a core element of our storage system
offerings as more and more customers grapple with data growth
proliferation," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions
Marketing for NetApp. "Deduplication helps our customers control
this growth while reducing costs and simplifying data. At the same
time, it's apparent that customers are rethinking their traditional
data backup approaches as VTL becomes more prevalent. Through our
innovation we will continue to address customer needs, which will
include extending deduplication to our VTL offering."
In addition to VTL deduplication technology, NetApp continues to
innovate to maintain its leadership in the open systems VTL market.
Recent hardware and software updates introduced in March of 2008
have more than doubled the maximum usable storage capacity of
NearStore VTL and increased write-compressed performance by up to
20%, enabling enterprise customers to protect more data in less
time with one of the fastest, most scalable products on the
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