NetApp Positioned in Visionaries Quadrant for Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software
Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 5, 2007 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:
NTAP) today announced it has been placed in the "Visionaries"
quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource
Management (SRM) and SAN Management Software, 20071.
According to Gartner, "Each vendor's completeness of vision was
evaluated based on its ability to convincingly articulate its
future product direction and demonstrate innovation in meeting
customer needs, enabling the vendor to more effectively compete in
the market. The credibility of the vendor's vision was weighed
against its past ability to execute against previously stated
plans. Market understanding is the guiding factor in new product
development to ensure that the product engineered meets customer
needs. Managing the complexity of storage environments requires
innovative approaches that will distinguish leaders and delight
"We believe this report validates that storage
resource and SAN management capabilities have become increasingly
important and strategic for enterprise storage purchase decisions,"
said Elisa Steele, vice president of corporate marketing at Network
Appliance. "Further, we think the position in the 'Visionaries'
Quadrant coupled with our 'Leaders' position in Gartner's Magic
Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Arrays2, indicates
the market reality that global enterprises have become far more
savvy, looking beyond large, complex, and expensive frame arrays to
support their enterprise data management needs. NetApp SRM and SAN
management solutions deliver an integrated approach to data
management, providing customers with the highest levels of
management simplicity, utilization, and performance."
The enhanced NetApp® Manageability
Software family is the only data management toolset that actively
manages data from a business perspective. It automates, integrates,
centralizes, and simplifies core workflows across IT administrator
domains, enabling improved data availability, enhanced
productivity, and increased storage utilization. The NetApp
Manageability Software family gives IT administrators the tools
they need to get rid of the storage "help desk" and allow storage
administrators to focus more on activities that drive value for the
business. In addition, it empowers system administrators, DBAs, and
application administrators to manage their own data within the
controls set by the storage administrator. The combination
dramatically simplifies existing IT workflows and increases the
flexibility of the entire IT operation.
NetApp FC SAN solutions help customers better
adapt to changing data center needs, achieve superior data
management, and experience the lowest TCO. This is made possible
through instantaneous FC SAN provisioning and data recovery;
leading 4Gb performance and support; tight integration with
director, switch, and host bus adapter (HBA) products from Brocade,
Cisco, Emulex, McData, and QLogic; SAN attach kits for host and OS
support; and a comprehensive interoperability matrix that provides
support for all major open systems computing platforms.
The Gartner research note is available from
www.gartner.com. The Magic Quadrants are
copyrighted 2006 and 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with
permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a
marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's
analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that
marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any
vendor, product, or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant and does
not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in
the Visionary quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a
research tool and is not meant to be a specific guide to action.
Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect
to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or
fitness for a particular purpose.
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 to simplify data management. Information about Network
Appliance™ solutions and services is available at
1 Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource
Management and SAN Management Software, 2007, by Dave Russell and
Robert E. Passmore, March 19, 2007.
2 Magic Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Arrays, 2H06, by
Stanley Zaffos, April Adams and Roger W. Cox, December 13,
Network Appliance, Inc.