Oracle on NetApp Data Management Solutions Trusted by More Than 5,000 Enterprises Worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO (Oracle OpenWorld), Calif. - October 24, 2006 -- Today, Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced that more than 5,000 enterprises worldwide use the Oracle on NetApp solution to help simplify the management of their backup/recovery, archiving, data protection, compliance, and primary storage processes. Oracle uses NetApp storage, having significantly increased its NetApp storage capacity to multiple petabyes since 2004 (see related press release at www.netapp.com/news/press/news_rel_20040127. NetApp also announced new enhancements to NetApp SnapManager for Oracle software ( www.netapp.com/us/products/management-software/snapmanager-oracle.html) that will be available worldwide in January 2007. The software enhancements will provide customers with the capability to create clones from hot backups on an expanded array of Linux® and UNIX® platforms. SnapManager for Oracle software executes wizard-based cloning of online production databases. It eliminates the need for laborious, manual maintenance of complicated scripts for backups and restores, providing customers with an intuitive interface that dramatically boosts productivity.

This latest milestone in the NetApp and Oracle partnership further proves the reliability, high availability, performance, and value of the Oracle on NetApp solution for customers with NAS (network-attached storage), FC SAN (storage area network), and IP SAN environments. Oracle on NetApp solutions help customers streamline and simplify processes that reduce the time required for backup and restores to improve application availability. The solutions also help customers execute near-instantaneous application recovery, create near-instantaneous copies of production environments, and leverage rapid provisioning to increase productivity and flexibility of IT resources. Additionally, NetApp is a Certified Advantage Partner in Oracle PartnerNetwork.

The NetApp unified storage approach-leveraging Data ONTAP® data management software across all classes of NetApp storage-consistently delivers better storage asset utilization and return on investment. The unique approach helps customers:

  • Clone a database in ~30 seconds, for instant replication of data volumes and data sets without requiring additional storage space at the time of creation; this helps testing and bug fixing, platform and upgrade checks, multiple simulations against large data-sets, remote office testing and staging, and market-specific product variations
  • Maximize their budget, because NetApp is 50% less expensive to manage than EMC Clariion or HP EVA solutions and 64% less expensive than EMC Symmetrix solutions, according to a Mercer study.
  • Increase recovery in the event of application errors up to two times faster than competing solutions, according to a Mercer study

"Oracle's utilization rate is very high," said Bert Dollahite, IT Tools and Automation Services at Oracle. "NetApp storage and data management solutions have been a key part of the equation that has helped us lower our total IT and management costs, and enhance productivity."

Another NetApp customer is Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications and information services company. Telstra operates one of the world's largest Linux Oracle Database with Real Application Clusters Data Warehouses and an Oracle Database 10g grid.

"After deploying NetApp IP SAN storage solutions throughout our new Omnipresence project we were empowered to deliver capacity on demand," said Andrew Crabb, group manager of the Data and Storage Solutions Centre at Telstra. "We were able to shrink new-project storage activation from 8 to 12 weeks down to days-or even hours in some cases. The NetApp IP SAN solution has the performance we need and it's more economical and supportable."

William Beaumont, a two hospital medical center with a staff of 15,000, including more than 2,400 physicians, is one of the thousands of customers who rely on Oracle on NetApp solutions. For more details on this and other Oracle on NetApp implementations visit www.netapp.com/library/cs/.

NetApp Global Services (NGS)
Both Telstra and William Beaumont use the Oracle Accelerator Services that are offered by NGS (see www.netapp.com/support/consultingedge-offerings.html), in cooperation with Oracle. The Oracle Accelerator Services are another reason NetApp can tout its 5,000 enterprise customer milestone. Oracle Accelerator Services are designed to help IT organizations reduce complexity, accelerate readiness, and improve system availability and performance of Oracle technology deployed in a NetApp storage environment. Visit LINK for more information.

MASERGY Communications leveraged NetApp Global Services expertise to install its NetApp enterprise SAN solution and migrate data from its Oracle and Microsoft® Exchange environments. MASERGY is a global services provider specializing in simplifying wide-area networks for enterprises that provide customers with bandwidth for applications and services through a customer-centric portal.

"We've heard from customers' first hand that the status quo solutions they've been using from our competitors are not scaling as their businesses grow," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Alliances at Network Appliance. "NetApp is unique. We offer reliable, scalable, and high-performance storage solutions and services based on extensive engineering and collaboration with Oracle. The ROI our customers experience-and the fact that 5,000 customers around the world today trust NetApp storage-speaks volumes to our ability to deliver enterprise-class solutions in these complex environments."

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