NetApp® StoreVault® Helps St. John's Prep Pass the Data Management Test

Sunnyvale, Calif. - January 21, 2008 -- StoreVault, a NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) division, today announced that St. John's Preparatory School deployed the StoreVault® S500 all-in-one storage solution to create a virtual storage environment and maximize data management efficiency, simplify storage migrations, and increase the flexibility and scalability of its data storage environment.

St. John's Preparatory School is a Xaverian Brothers-sponsored secondary school for young men located in Danvers, Mass., about 20 miles north of Boston. With 12 leased servers managing 1.5TB of direct-attached storage, St. John's was experiencing significant hardware incompatibility and downtime problems when performing storage migrations. Additionally, the school was struggling to balance storage utilization and application availability while keeping power and cooling costs in check. Foreseeing future hardware incompatibility issues, insufficient management tools, and rising power consumption costs, St. John's deployed the StoreVault S500. Additionally, with the assistance of its reseller, GreenPages, Inc., the school deployed a new virtual storage environment, utilizing the capabilities of both StoreVault and VMware® to maximize server capacity, enhance application availability, and increase the efficiency of its storage environment.

"StoreVault has helped us enhance the educational environment we provide for our students," said Christopher Butler, the academic technology director at St. John's Prep. "We looked at several competing offerings, but StoreVault was the only solution that properly balanced high-end capabilities with affordability. I was impressed with how easily we were able to deploy StoreVault and VMware to create a virtual data management environment. We now have a reliable, easy-to-manage storage infrastructure that allows us to focus on the students in the classroom rather than worry about the hardware in the closet."

"After speaking with St. John's Prep, we thought the StoreVault implementation and creation of a virtual storage environment would create the best data management solution," stated Cris Robinson, senior solutions architect at GreenPages. "Once they witnessed the simple installation and setup, as well as the benefits of their new storage environment, they knew they had made the right decision."

"Inefficient storage migrations can disrupt the operations of any SMB," said Sajai Krishnan, general manager of StoreVault. "This was the case with St. John's Prep. If not properly addressed, their problems could have increased and eventually affected the educational experience of their students. StoreVault helped St. John's improve its data management situation so all focus can be placed on teaching and learning."

The StoreVault S500 is a scalable all-in-one networked storage appliance that is customized for SMBs at a price point that fits SMB budgets. With its intuitive Windows® graphical user interface, the StoreVault S500 is easy to install and simple to manage, while providing enterprise-class networked storage functionality. The StoreVault S500 has been deployed across a wide range of industries to solve the growing customer challenges of data growth, data protection, and data management.

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 NetApp, a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise, with the scalability, simplicity, security, and affordability required by SMBs. Information about StoreVault solutions and resellers is available at

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