NetApp Honored with InfoWorld Green 15 Award

Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 28, 2008 - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), the innovation leader for storage and data management solutions, announced today that IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT decision makers, has named NetApp a winner in InfoWorld's inaugural Green 15 awards. NetApp was honored for its innovative storage efficiency, data center design, and techniques to reduce power consumption in its data center. This honor is part of InfoWorld's first-ever Green 15 special feature published on

NetApp formed a cross-organizational, multifunction team to approach the task of reducing power consumption and increasing energy efficiency in its data center. This team deployed efficient storage and innovative design techniques to optimize overall power efficiency through the modification of NetApp's data center power delivery and cooling systems. The data center now meets or exceeds the EPA's 2011 energy usage state-of-the-art data center maximum achievable scenario.

To increase energy efficiency, NetApp implemented several cooling techniques, including hot aisle/cold aisle equipment arrangement, vinyl strip curtains to prevent hot air from mixing with cold air, and Air Handling Units equipped with outside air economizers to cool the data center. These techniques increased the overall temperature of the NetApp data center and improved energy efficiency 19.2% during the winter months and 11% during the summer months.

NetApp also dramatically increased storage utilization and reduced power consumption through innovative data management and design. NetApp consolidated its storage systems and replaced 50 systems with 10 NetApp® storage systems, increasing capacity utilization to more than 60%. In addition, NetApp reduced its data center footprint from 24.83 to 5.28 racks and decreased chilled water demand by 94 tons, which helped reduce electricity by 494,208 kWh and led to an annual savings of $59,305.

Companies around the world are embracing green technology to drive projects and develop products aimed at boosting energy efficiency, trimming waste, and reducing or eliminating the use or the production of harmful substances. The InfoWorld Green 15 awards recognize the 15 most innovative IT initiatives that fall under this umbrella of sustainability.

"Many organizations worldwide are struggling with high energy costs as well as limited space and power to meet their computing needs. They're also feeling pressure from investors, legislators, customers, and from within to cut waste, reduce their carbon footprint, and be better environmental stewards," said Ted Samson, senior analyst, InfoWorld. "The InfoWorld Green 15 winners clearly demonstrate how sustainable technology initiatives can be complementary-even instrumental-to achieving business goals."

"NetApp is honored to be named one of InfoWorld's Green 15," said Laura Pickering, vice president, office of the CEO, and environmental responsibility advocate for NetApp. "At NetApp, we're focused both on innovative storage and design to make our data centers as efficient as possible. It's also very important that we share these techniques with our customers to help them understand how they can achieve the same business breakthroughs and reduce their overall impact on the environment."

NetApp has been a leading innovator of efficient storage for more than a decade. Snapshot™, thin provisioning, and deduplication are technologies that NetApp has not only implemented in its own data center, but has also provided best practices for their customers to help reduce their own storage footprint. Discover more about NetApp's commitment to power conservation by visiting

  • Read our white paper "Reducing Data Center Power Consumption Through Efficient Storage," which details our eight-point plan.
  • Read the Oliver Wyman white paper "Making Green IT a Reality: Customer Perspectives on the Impact of Storage Vendor Decisions on Power, Cooling, and Space in Enterprise Data Centers," which quantifies the benefits of using efficient storage.
  • Read our methods for designing data centers for efficiency in the white paper "Ten Techniques for Improving Data Center Power Efficiency."

To view the full list of InfoWorld's Green 15 companies, visit

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International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. IDG's media brands include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

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