Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 29, 2008 - NetApp
(NASDAQ: NTAP) announced today the accelerated adoption of
10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) storage connectivity by customers who
want to optimize their virtual environments and improve power
efficiencies in the data center. Since launching 10GbE in 2006,
NetApp has shipped more than 3,000 array ports. In fact, 54% of
this total was delivered in 2008 alone, exemplifying the
technology's growing popularity and NetApp's continued leadership
in Ethernet storage.
10GbE is enabling customers to deploy server and storage
virtualization more effectively, as well as reduce power, cooling,
and space by improving network throughput. As the first storage
vendor to support file and block data across Ethernet, NetApp
continues to enable multiprotocol data access and emerging
standards. This capability is delivered from a single, unified
storage system architecture for added customer flexibility.
Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare provider serving
more than two million Virginia and North Carolina residents, is a
NetApp customer that has leveraged 10GbE to help reduce its data
center footprint and power consumption. With 10GbE, Sentara was
able to deploy approximately 480 virtual servers on just 16
physical servers without the need for additional infrastructure. By
implementing 10GbE rather than a bonded 1-Gigabit infrastructure,
Sentara was able to save nearly $700,000 in IT costs.
Sentara realizes additional savings when it provisions a new
server. Since the 10GbE infrastructure is already built, Sentara
doesn't need to increase port capacities to handle the new server
"The decision to incorporate 10-Gigabit Ethernet technology into
Sentara's data center has paid huge dividends for us," said Joseph
Rowell, manager of Enterprise Architect Solutions at Sentara
Healthcare. "It's been a tremendous catalyst in allowing us to
virtualize our IT environment and has really enabled great
efficiencies throughout the data center that previously wouldn't
have been possible.
"One of the reasons we chose NetApp® storage solutions over
competing products is because we could more effectively consolidate
our storage and network with NetApp's unified storage
architecture," continues Rowell. "The ability to support both block
and file protocols natively across the same controller enabled us
to deploy a tiered storage solution and achieve lower TCO."
"With virtualization becoming more prevalent in the data center,
10-Gigabit Ethernet plays a key role in enabling customers to
realize the full benefits of their virtualized environments," said
Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing for NetApp.
"More and more customers are choosing to consolidate their server
and storage networking onto 10-Gigabit Ethernet, which provides
significant cost savings, and simplifies their data center
environments. NetApp will continue to aggressively innovate in
providing market-leading 10-Gigabit Ethernet storage solutions to
meet this growing demand."
10GbE serves an array of applications, including server fan-in
and consolidation, application development, e-mail messaging,
databases, multimedia, mirroring, and disaster recovery, and is the
basis for future I/O consolidation in the data center to unify
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