NetApp Strengthens Integration with Symantec to Boost Customers' IT Efficiency

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-August 4, 2010- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced today that it has integrated its unified storage systems with Symantec's Thin Reclamation API to help SAN customers automatically reclaim storage space and improve overall storage efficiency. This solution gives customers the ability to manage, reduce, and reclaim storage space throughout the entire data lifecycle so they can improve planning and reduce their overall IT footprint and management costs.

NetApp® unified storage helps customers store the maximum amount of data for the lowest possible cost by using several storage efficiency technologies inherent to the NetApp Data ONTAP® operating system. These technologies help customers get more use out of the disk they have while improving manageability and performance. This efficiency, coupled with the simplicity and flexibility of Symantec's Veritas™ Storage Foundation, gives customers the ability to easily manage their SAN environments and reduce data center power, cooling, and space costs. With NetApp and Symantec, planning future storage use is easier, as are provisioning, reclaiming unused space, and reprovisioning.

"NetApp storage, with its built-in thin provisioning and deduplication, has given us the speed and flexibility we need to provide better service to our members," said Jason Bane, vice president of Infrastructure Operations at Virginia Credit Union. "From test and development, disaster recovery, and member service, our SAN data requirements have dropped 80%. Most importantly, though, bank credit union tellers can now access member information immediately, which gives our members a much better experience."

"Symantec offers the industry's leading cross-platform thin optimization solution, enabling organizations to benefit from the true cost and efficiency advantages of thin provisioning," said Don Angspatt, vice president of Product Management, Storage and Availability Management Group, Symantec. "The integration of Veritas Storage Foundation with NetApp's market-leading storage solutions enables IT organizations to proactively plan their storage environment, improve storage utilization rates, and get the most value from their data center investments."

"NetApp storage gives customers storage efficiency capabilities that go beyond thin provisioning, deduplication on primary storage, and default RAID-DP®," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions and Alliances at NetApp. "By working with Symantec and integrating our storage with Veritas Storage Foundation, we continue to break new ground in what is possible with IT efficiency. The principle is to provide leading efficiency without any compromise on flexibility, simplicity, and performance."

To read more about this announcement, visit Mike Riley's Storage Efficiency Insights blog at and NetApp's SANbytes blog at For more information on NetApp storage efficiency, visit For more information on thin optimization offered by Symantec's Veritas Storage Foundation, visit To read more about how Virginia Credit Union built its SAN network on NetApp and reduced storage needs by 80%, visit

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