NetApp® StoreVault™ Sets New Standard in SMB Storage Technology With Introduction of StoreVault S300

Sunnyvale, Calif.-October 29, 2007-StoreVault, a NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) division, today introduced the new StoreVault S300 all-in-one storage solution for small and medium businesses (SMB). Today's announcement sets a new standard in SMB storage technology, with unprecedented features and capabilities at a cost that had previously been unavailable to customers in the SMB market segment.

Available immediately and priced starting under $3,000, the StoreVault S300 provides SMB customers with proven data center technology, including advanced security, scalability, data protection, and simplified data management, at a price point that is unmatched in the industry. Previously, competitive solutions required customers to purchase a mix of products to achieve the same level of functionality and capability that the StoreVault S300 provides.

"It is clear that the explosive growth of data is creating headaches in data management, protection, and backup and recovery among enterprises and smaller companies alike," said Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst, StorageIO. "It's important for vendors to recognize that SMBs deal with the same storage-related headaches that require the same enterprise-level technology to meet their needs. The price point of the S300 will give smaller businesses access to technology that was previously out of their reach. NetApp StoreVault is on the right path to meeting the requirements of a broader base of SMB customers."

The StoreVault S300 is aimed at the IT generalist in smaller companies that typically need 1 to 3TB of data storage, have 5 to 15 servers, and are a Windows®-centric environment. The introduction of the StoreVault S300 makes enterprise technology more affordable for smaller firms, making data storage more flexible and powerful than ever before. The StoreVault S300 is also a good solution for larger firms with small remote (or branch) offices that are seeking lower-cost solutions from NetApp to solve backup, restore, consolidation, and disaster recovery problems.

"As I became familiar with various storage technologies, I never thought I would be able to afford the same features that bigger companies use," said Dave DePillis, manager of IT operations, Allied Cash Advance. "The StoreVault S300 is a great machine, with its low price point and multiple interfaces. It has many of the same configuration and licensing options as its enterprise big brother in the FAS series. Not only do I get the same features, but its intelligent design makes it very simple to deploy and use every day. Most importantly, I'm freed from the endless treadmill of disk upgrades, patches, user demands, backup crises, and dead-end future projects that depended on storage to succeed. I have truly improved my business."

The StoreVault S300 is distinguished among competitive offerings with simplified management, scalability, and security for all of the business information of an SMB.

  • StoreVault to FAS replication: New StoreVault to FAS replication enables replication from StoreVault to existing installed NetApp FAS enterprise solutions to tie multiunit StoreVault installations into a data center FAS system. SMB customers now have a remote backup service leveraging one set of equipment and the ability to include remote and branch offices in the overall backup process.
  • StoreVault Manager 3.0: StoreVault Manager 3.0 is a Windows-based utility that provides additional software licensing and management, including SnapManager® for Exchange StoreVault Edition to simplify the complex, manual, and time-consuming processes associated with the backup, recovery, and verification of Exchange databases.
  • Advanced data protection: The StoreVault Advanced Protection Architecture combines data protection with technologies that maintain an entire storage system for maximum availability. High-performance Snapshot™ copies offer frequent and painless backup and recovery, while RAID-DP™ provides protection against dual concurrent drive failures. In addition, FlexVol® technology enables users to defer capacity purchases to a future date, reducing energy costs and improving capacity usage. StoreVault replication software also copies NAS and SAN data to a remote StoreVault site for simple disaster recovery and read-only remote publication.
  • Platform flexibility: The StoreVault S300 is the first platform certified to handle virtualization, NAS, and SAN at this price point. Now SMB customers have access to one product for multiple solutions over time and the flexibility to grow as needed, solving the dilemma of what to buy now and in the future.

"Many customers simply buy more DAS or more servers to continue to add capacity but struggle with manageability. That process only provides a band-aid to storage problems," said Doug Ford, president, The IT Pros. "We are positioning the S300 as primary Windows file-sharing storage and an iSCSI SAN for our server virtualization practice. This product provides my customers with a range of replication and multiprotocol data management choices at a tremendous price point. The solution will fit perfectly with our customers, and we expect it to be a key element of our continued success as one of the fastest growing VARs in the country."

"We are continuing to drive innovation in the SMB and mid-market and to provide our customers with extensive storage options to run their businesses," said Sajai Krishnan, general manager of the StoreVault division. "The StoreVault S300 gives our customers data center proven technology from a known storage leader, with an unprecedented degree of quality and reliability at a never-before seen price. Also, large firms can solve their data management problems in their small remote offices when tradeoffs are being made with price as a major constraint."

The StoreVault S300 is a scalable all-in-one networked storage appliance that is customized for SMBs and ideal for remote or branch office installations. With its intuitive Windows graphical user interface and multiprotocol support, the StoreVault S300 makes storage management easy and extends proven NetApp storage technology to smaller companies in the SMB market segment.

Price and Availability
StoreVault S300 pricing starts at approximately $2,988 for a 1TB solution. StoreVault is available immediately in the North America, the United Kingdom and the Nordics from authorized StoreVault VARs. Pricing is available directly from StoreVault VARs. In addition, the StoreVault S300 is powered for the first year by renewable energy at no additional cost, a first in the industry. For more information on StoreVault and its complete line of SMB solutions, visit www.storevault.com.

About StoreVault
StoreVault, a NetApp division, is focused on delivering data storage solutions tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. StoreVault combines enterprise-proven technology from Network Appliance, a leading provider of storage and data management solutions, with the scalability, simplicity, security, and affordability required by SMBs. Information about StoreVault solutions and resellers is available at www.storevault.com.

About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a leading provider of innovative data management solutions that simplify the complexities of storing, managing, protecting, and retaining enterprise data. Market leaders around the world choose NetApp to help them reduce cost, minimize risk, and adapt to change. For solutions that deliver simplicity and value, visit us on the Web at www.netapp.com.

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