End of Availability for SnapMirror® for Open Systems Product Line
NetApp will discontinue its SnapMirror®
for Open Systems (SMOS) product line and development. SMOS is just
one of NetApp's software products for heterogeneous data
replication and recovery. NetApp originally acquired the product
through its acquisition of Topio, an Israeli-based company, in
December 2006. The NetApp facility in Haifa, Israel, currently
employs 51 people and will be closed as of January 15, 2009. NetApp
has not made final employment decisions regarding our employees in
Our decision to terminate SMOS product
development was based on customer priorities and actual purchase
histories. The market for replication products for disaster
recovery purposes is dominated by homogeneous, rather than
multivendor, solutions. Our "any-to-any" solution with SMOS was
never adopted by customers in the way we anticipated.
Other versions of SnapMirror remain fully
supported and still have development teams and road maps intact.
NetApp has additional products and technologies-for both primary
and secondary storage environments-to deliver "any-to-NetApp®"
data protection solutions in storage management, backup, archiving,
and security. We see strong customer interest in these business
segments within the enterprise storage market and remain committed
to these investments.
NetApp is also committed to supporting
existing customers who have deployed SMOS. We are in the process of
issuing an End of Availability (EOA) announcement that communicates
to customers that they will have three years of maintenance and
technical support for their SMOS purchases.