NetApp Delivers Speed and Efficiency to Roma Metropolitane

Sunnyvale, Calif. - September 24, 2007 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of storage and data management solutions, today announced Roma Metropolitane, the company responsible for developing and modernizing the Rome metro network, has implemented NAS solutions from NetApp to help solve its information access, archiving, management, and security problems. With its new NetApp system, Roma Metropolitane scaled their storage capacity from 2TB to 15TB, drastically increased its storage throughput, and achieved more reliable, faster backups while emphasizing network speed. With NetApp facilitating the growth of its data network, Roma Metropolitane is better able to expand and improve Rome's metro network, benefiting the system's 230 million (and rising) riders each year.

Since 2004, Roma Metropolitane has been busy planning and implementing the expansion of the metro, a mammoth task that involves increasing the number of lines from two to five and the number of passengers from 230 million to more than 500 million a year. In order to achieve this, a second office was opened near one of the construction sites, resulting in a greater volume of information to be managed, archived, accessed, updated, shared, and protected from unauthorized access. It quickly became apparent that the existing storage architecture was not up to the higher demands. To solve this problem, Roma Metropolitane installed a second network storage system based on the NetApp FAS270, increasing the storage capacity of the old system from 2TB to more than 15TB. The replication services were configured incrementally between the two NAS systems with control of band utilization. Finally, backup schedules were adjusted using NetApp SnapMirror® to ensure optimum utilization of the entire system.

"The situation was becoming untenable," said Andrea Spaziani, manager of the IT Organizational Unit at Roma Metropolitane. "Now we have a storage infrastructure that can effectively meet the constantly evolving needs of our company. The new NAS system has enabled us to reduce our information management costs, while file access speeds have increased by 500%, resulting in quicker and more streamlined data and project management. Furthermore, with the introduction of the backup solutions, we have managed to complete daily archiving four hours earlier than when using the old system."

"Information is a strategic corporate asset for Roma Metropolitane," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp, "but the huge rise in the quantity of data makes it very difficult to manage. Our objective is to offer companies like Roma Metropolitane products that simplify and speed up information access while also reducing costs. This benefits not only our customers, but also the people relying on them for services, in this case, the citizens of Rome."

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