Network Appliance Joins Enterprise Grid Alliance as Blue-Chip Technology Companies Drive Adoption of Grid Computing
Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 20, 2004 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of
enterprise network storage solutions, today announced it has joined
industry leaders in founding the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA), a
consortium created to develop enterprise grid solutions and
accelerate the deployment of grid computing.
NetApp will provide the key storage infrastructure and data
management technology in several areas throughout the grid
infrastructure. With NetApp's expertise in storage provisioning,
clustering, global file systems, distributed storage environments,
data-movement and mirroring, along with its ability to provide
high-performance and capacity scaling, enterprises will be able to
meet all their storage grid needs.
"Enterprise grid computing is the next logical step in the
evolution of IT," said Phil Brotherton, senior director of
marketing at Network Appliance. "As the creator of the enterprise
storage grid, Network Appliance has a deep understanding of the
scalable, manageable, and cost-effective environment that grid
computing can deliver. For over twelve years, we've worked closely
with our customers to solve these enterprise challenges, and are
excited to be a key driver in advancing enterprise grid computing
from development and standards ratification to widespread
The EGA is an open, independent and vendor-neutral community
addressing the near-term requirements for deploying commercial
applications in a grid environment. Initial focus areas include
reference models, provisioning, security and accounting. The
Alliance will address obstacles that organizations face using
enterprise grids, by looking at best practices and solutions that
are open and interoperable. By focusing exclusively on the needs of
enterprise users, the EGA will enable businesses to realize the
many benefits of grid computing such as faster response to changing
business needs, better utilization and service level performance
and lower IT operating costs.
"Although grid computing is already well-established in the
academic, research and technical sectors it has yet to gain
significant traction throughout the enterprise," said Donald
Deutsch, president, Enterprise Grid Alliance and vice president,
standards strategy and architecture, Oracle Corp. "In close
coordination, the members of the EGA will create open,
interoperable enterprise grid computing solutions and increase the
adoption of enterprise grid computing."
Representing a broad cross-section of leading technology companies,
Network Appliance will join additional founding board members-EMC,
Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, Intel, NEC, Oracle and Sun Microsystems-to
drive adoption of grid computing. Specifically, the board of
directors will participate in and chair committees and vote to
approve the consortium's output and core capabilities.
About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions
for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
Network Appliance has delivered technology, product and partner
firsts that continue to drive "The evolution of storage.™"
Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services
is available at www.netapp.com.
About Enterprise Grid Alliance
The Enterprise Grid Alliance is an open consortium focused on
developing and promoting enterprise grid solutions. Membership is
open to all organizations via multiple participation tiers. For
more information, please visit our Web site at
Jaime Leigh Le
Network Appliance, Inc.