NetApp SANscreen Empowers Customers to Effectively Manage Storage Capacity, According to Recent White Paper

Sunnyvale, Calif.-July 22, 2009- The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. (ESG), recently released a white paper titled "Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Costs in the Data Center Through Effective Capacity Management." According to ESG research1, while many IT budgets are either remaining flat or getting cut, about 75% of organizations plan to spend the same or more on storage compared to last year. These organizations must reconcile their growing storage requirements with their flat or shrinking budgets, yet they struggle with challenges such as the lack of real-time visibility and monitoring of the entire storage environment and the ability to determine if a tier of service has been over or under provisioned.

In order to have some budget to fund other IT initiatives and to address these issues, organizations need to more effectively manage their storage infrastructure. According to the ESG white paper, SANscreen® provides organizations with a solution that enables the visibility, monitoring, and automation capabilities needed to manage an environment's entire storage capacity, resulting in greater cost savings and efficiencies. To view the white paper, visit http://media.netapp.com/documents/wp-esg-netapp-capacity-management.pdf.

SANscreen helps organizations decrease their storage costs thanks to several unique functionalities. SANscreen enables cross-domain visibility from the virtual server environment to the storage environment, providing improved management capabilities that result in increased efficiencies and capacity management. Furthermore, SANscreen's discovery, monitoring, and reporting capabilities allow a more holistic view of the data center. As a result of the information provided by SANscreen, organizations are able to proactively manage their storage capacity to reduce operating and capital costs and enable better business processes, all while operating more efficiently.

To learn more about NetApp® SANscreen, please visit http://www.netapp.com/us/products/management-software/sanscreen/sanscreen.html.

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1 ESG Research Report, 2009 Data Center Spending Intentions Survey

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