SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 14, 2008
--NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced today that HT Media, one of
India's largest media companies, has greatly enhanced its storage
infrastructure and IT environment with its recent implementation of
a NetApp® FAS6030 unified storage and data management
solution. Thanks to NetApp, HT Media can now more easily scale its
IT infrastructure as needed to meet both performance and capacity
demands. In addition, NetApp helped HT Media simultaneously upgrade
its SAP® enterprise applications without losing valuable time
to extensive system shutdowns, all while meeting stringent
service-level agreements (SLAs).
HT Media, publisher of one of India's most well-read newspapers,
the Hindustan Times, with a daily circulation of 2.5
million, also has businesses involved with the Internet, radio, TV
and entertainment. Prior to implementing NetApp, HT Media invested
significantly in building its IT infrastructure, specifically to
support enterprise applications such as SAP ERP, SAP Customer
Relationship Management (SAP CRM) and more. HT Media's previous
storage setup consisted essentially of different server vendors'
storage systems and distributed DAS islands that were not scalable.
As a result, production processes were impacted, backup and
recovery processes were painful, and disaster recovery (DR) was
"HT Media was at a critical juncture in our business evolution
and needed a storage solution that could scale with us and help us
deliver on our business needs," said Mohit Agarwal, chief
information officer, HT Media. "We looked at all of the leading
storage vendors, and NetApp clearly stood out as the best solution
to streamline our storage infrastructure and support the demands of
our dynamic and growing business."
NetApp provided HT Media with a unified storage platform that
enhanced efficiency, improved management, and reduced IT costs
through consolidation. HT Media experienced additional flexibility
thanks to NetApp's approach to virtualization, which enabled the
organization to allocate storage resources on demand. NetApp
FlexClone® technology provided HT Media with the powerful test
and development capability needed to support continuous upgrades
and new rollouts of enterprise applications such as solutions from
SAP AG. Moreover, during the upgrade of SAP solutions, there was no
need for an extensive system shutdown as NetApp FlexClone
technology allowed both the implementation vendor and HT Media to
meet the stringent SLAs that were previously set.
NetApp also strengthened HT Media's backup and recovery
capacity. NetApp's unique RAID-DP® functionality coupled with
disk-based backup/restore and disaster recovery capabilities helped
to enhance HT Media's business continuity. In addition, NetApp's
Snapshot™ technology addressed the recovery needs of the busy
media house to support the on-time production of publications every
day and to keep the Web site updated by the minute.
"We undertook a major IT overhaul project and failure was not an
option," said Agarwal. "NetApp truly helped to make our transition
a success as its best-practice documentation, along with its sizing
tool for SAP solutions, allowed us make the right technical
decisions and then execute them quickly. The benefits are there for
all of us to see."
"Organizations today are constantly looking for ways to improve
their business processes and SAP solutions play a large role in
that," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of solutions marketing
for NetApp. "With NetApp's strong testing and development
capabilities, along with several industry leading storage and data
management solutions, we are able to help foster a more efficient
and streamlined IT infrastructure for those organizations that are
deploying SAP applications."
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