NetApp and VMware Deliver Efficient Windows Consolidation and Virtualization Solution for Midsize Enterprises
SUNNYVALE and PALO ALTO,
Calif.-September 29, 2010 - Today's midsize enterprises
face many of the same IT challenges as their larger counterparts,
but often lack the same level of resources needed to adequately
address them. As part of their ongoing strategic partnership,
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and VMware (NYSE: VMW) today announced a new
solution for midsize enterprises that helps them consolidate and
virtualize their Windows® environments to deliver
enterprise-class IT as a service.
- NetApp and VMware are enabling midsize enterprises to deliver a
new solution for Windows consolidation that improves productivity
and scalability for midsize enterprises while significantly
reducing IT costs.
- Customers can use the NetApp® FAS family and VMware
vSphere™ to deliver application-aware data protection and
disaster recovery technologies that were previously limited to a
handful of midsize customers, helping them achieve enterprise-class
availability for their Windows environments.
- Customers can also use NetApp Virtual Storage Console and
VMware vCenter™ Server to deliver integrated management for
enhanced visibility, helping them respond faster to unplanned
downtime and boost productivity.
- Consolidation: Helps midsize enterprises
eliminate application, data, and infrastructure sprawl and increase
software utilization by cutting the physical servers needed by 80
percent and slashing the amount of storage needed in half. Server
resources are pooled, and storage consumption is minimized with
technologies such as thin provisioning, FlexClone®, primary
storage deduplication, and space-efficient Snapshot™
- Management: Helps midsize enterprises simplify
management and reduce overhead by 50 percent or more by automating
common tasks and by leveraging our tightly integrated, intuitive
tools. NetApp Virtual Storage Console with VMware vCenter Server
plug-in performs intuitive storage management tasks to simplify
provisioning, configuration of default best practices, and other
storage tasks down to a few mouse clicks.
- Protection: Helps midsize enterprises
cost-effectively increase availability and uptime through easy
application-aware backup and disaster recovery, simple restores,
and quick application failover, testing, and integration through
the NetApp SnapManager® suite of products and security and
business continuity solutions from VMware, including VMware
vShield™, VMware High Availability, VMware Fault Tolerance
and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. For example, SnapManager
for Microsoft® Exchange can be used to restore an individual
- Scalability: Helps midsize enterprises scale
to meet evolving business needs with efficient virtual servers and
unified storage that can enable changes to be made to Windows
applications and infrastructure within minutes.
- Jim Owens, president, CEO and CIO, CARCO
"CARCO stores more than 40 million documents and images for our
clients, so availability, backup, and performance are all critical
requirements for our infrastructure. In addition, as a midsize
enterprise we're constantly looking to do more with less and need
to be able to scale as we grow. With the combination of NetApp
storage and VMware virtualization, we've enabled a flexible
infrastructure completely virtualized on NetApp storage, enabling
us to implement an advanced disaster recovery capability and saving
us more than $1 million over the past three years. CARCO wouldn't
be able to do what we're doing, or be the company we are today,
without NetApp and VMware solutions."
- Chris Pyle, president and CEO, Champion Solution Group
"Many of our midmarket customers run standalone applications, which
was acceptable in the past. However, with increasing data growth,
budget pressures, and reliance on IT, these customers need
solutions that scale and help them manage their business needs. We
are excited that NetApp and VMware are delivering solutions
specifically for the midsized enterprise, enabling us to help these
customers consolidate and optimize their Windows
- Brian Garrett, vice president, ESG Lab, Enterprise
"Organizations of all sizes are struggling to keep up with data
growth, keep costs in check, and increase the availability of
Microsoft business applications in virtualized environments.
Exploding data growth, in part due to virtual server sprawl, is
driving IT managers to carefully consider how they meet the storage
needs of virtualized applications. As a result, improving data
backup and recovery, managing data growth, and data center
consolidation are top IT priorities. In a recent ESG Lab
Validation, we found the combination of NetApp unified storage and
VMware virtualization is a sound foundation that's ideally suited
for Windows consolidation."
- Gary Green, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances,
"Like large organizations, midsize enterprises are looking for ways
to improve productivity and lower IT costs while delivering IT as a
service that delivers higher availability through automation and
simplified management. As part of our strategic partnership, VMware
and NetApp are committed to bringing enterprise-class functionality
to the midmarket, helping these customers maintain critical service
levels while enabling future growth to meet changing business
- Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions and
"Midsize customers continue to grapple with IT complexities and
inefficiencies that can affect their bottom line. Working together,
NetApp and VMware are committed to helping midsize enterprises
evolve to an efficient IT infrastructure that enables them to be
nimble, manage change and capitalize on opportunities while better
aligning IT with the business."
The NetApp and VMware products needed for this new Windows
consolidation solution are currently available and can be purchased
directly from NetApp and VMware, or through the companies'
worldwide network of value-added authorized solution providers,
distributors and systems integrators. For more information, visit
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VMware delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions
that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes.
With the industry leading virtualization platform - VMware
vSphere™ - customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and
operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity,
strengthen security and go green. With 2009 revenues of $2 billion,
more than 190,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the
leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority
among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices
throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
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