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NetApp Helps Customers Solve Data Backup, Recovery, and Protection Challenges

  • 08 February, 2006 11:47

<p>NETAPP HELPS CUSTOMERS SOLVE
DATA BACKUP, RECOVERY, AND PROTECTION CHALLENGES</p>
<p>History of Innovation, New Products and Services Combine to Offer Industry’s Most Comprehensive Disk-to-Disk Backup Portfolio</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia —February 8, 2006—Network Appliance (NetApp) today announced a broad array of products, technologies, and services designed to help customers find new ways to protect and manage their critical enterprise data—without incurring significant cost, altering their existing data management processes, or “ripping and replacing” existing infrastructure investments.</p>
<p>“NetApp is always looking at ways to assist customers in simplifying their storage management and today’s announcement provides a broad range of disk-to-disk backup and security solutions that simplify data backup procedures, improve recoverability, and lower backup infrastructure expenses.</p>
<p>“By doing so we can 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,” said Simon Green, Area Director, South Asia.</p>
<p>New products unveiled today represent a significant expansion of the NetApp disk-to-disk backup family, including additional 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 and a range of complementary services including a VTL Design and Implementation Service, a Disaster Recovery Design and Implementation Service, and a Backup and Recovery Design and Implementation Service.</p>
<p>“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.”</p>
<p>“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 announcements extend that leadership, offer more choice and flexibility to our customers, and bring 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,” added Green .</p>
<p>New Products</p>
<p>The NetApp NearStore family sets the industry benchmark for economical, high-capacity data retention and data protection solutions, including disk-to-disk backup. Today, the family has expanded with the addition of two NearStore VTL solutions—the single-controller NearStore VTL600 and the dual-controller NearStore VTL1200.</p>
<p>NearStore VTL is a dedicated, enterprise-class storage appliance that emulates physical tape libraries, stores large capacities of backup data on disk, and automatically copies data to physical tape under backup application control within any open systems storage environment. Both new systems are based on proven NetApp hardware and run NetApp VTL software, which integrates seamlessly with a wide range of storage management and backup software, including NetApp Data ONTAP®. NearStore VTL is a compelling disk-to-disk backup solution for all open systems enterprise primary storage, including EMC, Hitachi, and IBM storage environments.</p>
<p>NearStore VTL is ideal for customers who want greater performance and simpler data management from their existing tape environments—and to maximise a return on investment (ROI) from their substantial existing investments in a backup application and tape infrastructure. NearStore VTL delivers superior backup service levels and economic value with its groundbreaking Self-Tuning and Tape Smart Sizing technologies for dynamic workload balancing, 50% physical tape savings, high-speed physical tape creation, and enhanced data integrity. Additionally, NearStore VTL transparently integrates with Decru DataFort appliances for encryption of data on disk and tape for enterprise-wide data security.</p>
<p>NearStore VTL systems scale from 4.5TB to 168TB; integrate seamlessly with backup application software from industry leaders BakBone, CA, CommVault, HP, Legato, Symantec, Syncsort, and Tivoli; and work with tape libraries from ADIC, IBM, Quantum, StorageTek, and others.</p>
<p>More details on NearStore VTL, including how the solution achieves flagship performance and tape economies, are available at www.netapp.com/products/nearstore/nearstore-vtl.html.</p>
<p>The NearStore R-Series platforms, which continue to operate with Data ONTAP software, remain the customer choice for archival and compliance storage. The NearStore R-Series disk-to-disk backup solutions—with unparalleled integration and unmatched simplicity—provide end-user file restore capabilities and the most optimal storage utilisation.</p>
<p>In related data protection news, Decru, a NetApp company, today announced Decru DataFort E-Series Version 3.0 firmware for IP-based storage environments. The new firmware further extends the Decru unified storage security platform by incorporating CIFS, NFS, and now iSCSI onto a single appliance. With this offering, Decru is the first and only security vendor to ship a security appliance for network-attached storage (NAS) and IP SAN environments. The new firmware includes enhanced antivirus support, role-based access controls for administrators, and expanded key management functionality. Key customer applications for DataFort include regulatory compliance, customer data privacy, secure disaster recovery, and secure outsourcing. Additional details on this and other Decru solutions are available at www.decru.com.</p>
<p>New Services</p>
<p>To help customers quickly and effectively leverage these and other new products and product enhancements, NetApp Global Services (NGS) launched three new service offerings today.</p>
<p>The first of those offerings is a VTL Design and Implementation Service, specifically designed for NearStore VTL. The second service is the Disaster Recovery Design and Implementation Service. And the third service is the Backup and Recovery Design and Implementation Service.</p>
<p>These new services greatly expand the overall NGS backup, recovery, and restore consulting portfolio. These services complement the products introduced today, as well as the existing portfolio of hardware and software products. Together the new solutions and services provide customers with solutions to help their business remain in business—even in the event of a disaster.</p>
<p>Customer benefits of the three new services include:</p>
<p>• Maximised data protection. Helps customers efficiently execute backups, recoveries, and restores in a timely manner to provide continuous access to mission-critical data.</p>
<p>• Leveraged expertise. The NGS highly trained professional services staff has extensive NetApp hardware and software certifications, best-in-class enterprise storage architecture experience, and deep project management skills.</p>
<p>• Empowered IT staff. In each engagement, NGS applies industry best practices and proven methodologies by providing a thorough knowledge transfer to customers. NGS will fully train your IT staff to aid a fluid adoption of routine backup and restore operations.</p>
<p>For more information about these new service offerings, visit www.netapp.com/support/consultingedge.html.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>All products and services described in this press release are available immediately from NetApp. Customer pricing is available from NetApp sales or sales partners.</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. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com .</p>
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<p>NetApp, the Network Appliance logo, Data ONTAP, NearStore, and SnapVault are registered trademarks and Network Appliance is a trademark of Network Appliance, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Decru is a registered trademark and Decru DataFort is a trademark of Decru, a NetApp company. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.</p>
<p>Local Contacts:
Network Appliance, Inc.
Mark Heers
Ph: (02) 9779-5600
Mark.heers@netapp.com</p>
<p>Max Australia
Fiona Martin
Ph: (02) 9954 3492
fiona.martin@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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