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NetApp is Recognized as a Magic Quadrant Leader…Again!

Brad Anderson

The influential analyst firm, Gartner, recently published the Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage1.  The Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage replaces two Magic Quadrants: the Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays and the Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Storage Arrays. Gartner first recognized NetApp as a Leader in their Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays in 2013, and we remained in the Leaders quadrant for 6 consecutive years. In the Magic Quadrant for Solid State Arrays, we were a Leader for the last three years, starting in 2016. The new report covers AFF, FAS, SolidFire, E-Series and EF-Series systems. In this report, NetApp is named as a Leader based on our ability to execute and completeness of vision, and we positioned highest for our ability to execute.

We believe the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage further demonstrates recognition that our solutions deliver data-driven business outcomes across core, edge and cloud.

We help organizations simplify data management in hybrid multicloud environments, ensuring organizations deliver their application data to the right place at the right time so they can make better data-driven decisions. At NetApp, our teams are constantly innovating to deliver the leading flash systems and data services portfolio with the deepest integration to the cloud. Our differentiation is clear in 3 areas:

  • Data fabric:
    • Our data fabric strategy has helped us become a leader in hybrid cloud data services —which includes storage and much more.
    • Our primary storage portfolio – in concert with our data fabric strategy – facilitates and simplifies data management in distributed core, edge and cloud IT environments.
    • Our client Ducati built their Data Fabric to activate massive volumes of data from around the world and reduce the time to get new motorcycles to market by 30% and the cost of powering and cooling their data center by 70%.
  • Active IQ:
    • NetApp’s Active IQ uses artificial intelligence and community wisdom to proactively protect and optimize your infrastructure to maximize data availability, boost operational performance and efficiency and simplify data management.
    • Finnish service provider Oulun uses Active IQ in their data center to provide visibility and predictability into their operations so they can account for unplanned maintenance and performance bottlenecks that will impact their customers.
  • NVMe:
    • Our solid-state arrays with next-generation, end-to-end NVMe capabilities help our customers improve the performance of their tier one, mission-critical business apps.

This achievement was made possible by the passion and creativity of NetApp team members across the organization. I want to recognize their commitment and dedication to helping our customers succeed.

1 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage, 17 September 2019, Roger Cox, Santhosh Rao, Joseph Unsworth, John Monroe

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage, 17 September 2019, Santhosh Rao, John Monroe, Roger W. Cox, Joseph Unsworth Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson is the executive vice president of the NetApp Hybrid Cloud Group. He is responsible for driving the strategy and execution to build a portfolio of offerings that helps customers build cloud-architected data centers. These data centers can then deliver cloud services for innovative applications in either private or service provider models. Brad has a broad business background, leading both startup and mature businesses, and he has a track record of turning emerging products into multimillion- and billion-dollar businesses. He brings substantial leadership experience and deep knowledge of the converged systems market to lead NetApp’s growth in the cloud infrastructure business and to help customers build their next-generation data centers. Brad spent nine years at HP Compaq as the senior vice president and GM of Industry Standard Servers, where he led the company’s $8 billion x86 server business. He spent seven years as president and GM of Dell's $12 billion Enterprise Solution Group leading servers, storage, networking and software businesses. He helped Dell acquire EqualLogic, Compellent, and Force10, and he grew each business significantly to enable Dell’s transition away from a mostly OEM model in storage and networking. Just before joining NetApp, Brad served as president and chief operating officer of Gravitant, a cloud service brokerage platform company, where he played an instrumental role in growing the business and in selling the company to IBM. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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