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Network Appliance Announces Storage Solution with Sun Microsystems for High-Availability, Business-Critical Environments

  • 09 February, 2006 17:28

<p>NetApp® Fibre Channel Storage Support Provides Sun Microsystems Customers with Increased Choice and Investment Protection for Their Sun™ Cluster Environment</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – 9 February 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that NetApp Fibre Channel (FC)–based storage systems (NetApp unified storage) are now part of the Sun™ Cluster Open Storage Program, providing an availability solution for improving the predictability and resilience of business-critical applications. The program enforces high quality and joint support, delivering unmatched levels of availability. Network Appliance participation in the program allows customers who have invested in NetApp unified storage and want to use Sun Cluster for application availability to do so easily and seamlessly.</p>
<p>With Sun certification, NetApp customers can be assured that NetApp unified storage products are fully interoperable with the Sun Solaris™ operating system (OS). This interoperability allows customers using NetApp storage powered by Data ONTAP® 7G, a dynamic virtualization engine, to double their storage utilization, automatically manage fine-grained data, and significantly reduce storage management costs, while reaping the high-availability benefits associated with Sun Cluster software.</p>
<p>“We’ll continue to work closely with Sun to provide our customers with open, flexible, and powerful storage solutions that meet their compelling technology needs,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Partners and Alliances Marketing at Network Appliance. “Certification of NetApp unified storage solutions in the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program enables customers to capitalize on NetApp technology advances, while still taking advantage of the high-availability benefits of Sun Cluster software.”</p>
<p>“With Network Appliance participation in the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program, our companies are providing customers with expanded choice for deploying high-availability solutions in the enterprise market,” said Stephen Borcich, vice president of Partner Marketing, Sun Microsystems. “The NetApp unified storage systems networked with Solaris 10 OS on SPARC and X64 provide enterprise customers with increased choice and investment protection for their Sun Cluster environments.”</p>
<p>Additional information about the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program can be found at</p>
<p>About Network Appliance</p>
<p>Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today’s data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts that simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at</p>
<p>Local Contacts:</p>
<p>Network Appliance, Inc.
Mark Heers
Ph: (02) 9779-5600</p>
<p>Max Australia
Fiona Martin
Ph: (02) 9954 3492</p>

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