netapp customers solve data backup, recovery, and protection challenges

By | February 7, 2006

Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced a broad new array of products, technologies, and services designed to help customers find new ways to protect and manage their critical enterprise data, without incurring significant new costs, dramatically altering their existing data management processes, or “ripping and replacing” existing infrastructure investments. Today’s announcement highlights the broad range of NetApp disk-to-disk backup and security solutions that simplify data backup procedures, improve recoverability, and lower backup infrastructure expenses.

Today’s news also highlights NetApp’s commitment to help customers realise the greatest possible benefit from their storage investments, including industry-leading capabilities to protect data stored on any vendor’s storage systems; tight integration with all of the major backup and data management applications; extensions of the Decru DataFort product line to provide the ultimate in data security; and the formal kickoff of the NetApp disk-to-disk backup campaign, designed to help customers extend the use of disk-to-disk data protection technologies into even more parts of their IT infrastructure.

New products unveiled today represent a significant expansion of the NetApp disk-to-disk backup family, including two offerings in the new NearStore Virtual Tape Library (VTL) family, new Decru DataFort E-Series functionality for unified NAS-iSCSI protocol support, enhanced capabilities for NetApp customers to protect their remote office/branch office (ROBO) data as well as that in their data centres. Additionally, NetApp is collaborating with long-standing partner, Symantec, to enhance overall disk-to-disk backup designed to offer greater functionality for customers deploying NetApp with VERITAS NetBackup, now from Symantec. Complementary new services announced today include a VTL Design and Implementation Service, a Disaster Recovery Design and Implementation Service, and a Backup and Recovery Design and Implementation Service.

Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of NetApp, said: “Our entire disk-to-disk backup family helps solve our customers´ most pressing needs: managing huge and growing data volumes, protecting that data from a variety of threats and risks, and preserving uptime. We created the disk-to-disk backup market more than four years ago with the first NearStore product using inexpensive disks to provide enterprise protection. Today´s announcement extends that leadership, offers more choice and flexibility to our customers, and brings credibility to the emerging VTL space. The net effects are simpler management and lower outlay costs–as well as higher data availability – which translate directly into bottom line payoffs.”

Carl Greiner, senior vice president, Infrastructure at Ovum Inc, said: “Disk-to-disk backup is ready for primetime. Customers are growing frustrated at the limitations of tape and desire an approach that increases performance, offers much-needed simplicity, and maximises the value they extract from their existing investments in data backup infrastructure.”

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