NetApp Plans to Provide Simplified and Automated Disaster Recovery With Support for VMware Site Recovery Manager

Sunnyvale, Calif. - September 11, 2007 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of storage and data management solutions today announced plans to integrate the NetApp data protection portfolio of solutions with VMware Site Recovery Manager, making disaster recovery simpler and more automated in virtualized environments. The tightly integrated solution enables IT professionals to meet their recovery point and recovery time objectives in an easy and affordable manner, bypassing the risk, cost, and complexity associated with traditional DR (disaster recovery) approaches.

"VMware Site Recovery Manager is designed to make the setup, testing, and execution of disaster recovery plans more manageable," said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances at VMware. "VMware is pleased to work with NetApp to offer customers joint data protection solutions that simplify data management, lower costs, and provide the power to scale

With the fastest growth rate among the leading replication software vendors, according to IDC1, the NetApp portfolio of clustering, replication, and backup software provides customers with the benefits of tiered data protection-namely, rapid recovery from unplanned downtime. NetApp capabilities are a natural complement to the manageability and automation features expected in VMware Site Recovery Manager, which together are expected to allow customers to set up and configure disaster recovery effortlessly while providing instantaneous failover in case of outages, and help customers minimize downtime. NetApp and VMware are working to provide an easy-to-manage solution that helps free up IT administrators' time so they can focus on projects that move their business forward.

NetApp flagship DR product SnapMirror, leverage the patented Snapshot™ technology, delivering significant compute, storage, and network efficiencies while safeguarding against data corruption. Storage utilization is further enhanced with flexible provisioning and deduplication technologies. With joint solutions from NetApp and VMware, customers no longer need to have identical hardware at primary and disaster recovery sites, which translates into cost-effective DR. Additionally, VMware Site Recovery Manager, when combined with NetApp FlexClone® capabilities, is expected to provide the ability to non-disruptively test the DR infrastructure and minimize the risk of unpredictable outcomes in the face of real disaster scenarios.

"The planned integrated VMware and NetApp solution is expected to be especially important for midsize enterprises that require an effective disaster recovery solution-but struggle with the challenge of limited budget and headcount," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "Together, NetApp and VMware are working to make DR more affordable, flexible, and simpler to manage for customers."

The joint NetApp and VMware solution will be showcased within the NetApp booth, #701, at VMworld ( from September 11-13 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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1 IDC, Worldwide Storage Replication Software 2007-2011 Forecast Update and 2006 Vendor Shares: Momentum Continues Signaling Demand for Replication Solutions, Doc #207819, July 2007.

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