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NetApp Teams With Microsoft to Help Customers Realise Full Potential of Windows Server Environments

  • 24 July, 2008 10:18

<p>NetApp Now a Sponsor Partner for Microsoft Partner Solutions Center</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia— 24 July 2008 – NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it is a Microsoft Partner Solutions Centre (MPSC) Sponsor Partner and is providing NetApp® storage systems and data management solutions to the MPSC located on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash. These resources, along with NetApp technical experts, are available to help customers accelerate the design, testing, and implementation of innovative storage solutions for their Windows® Server environments.</p>
<p>A Microsoft Global ISV and Gold Certified Partner, NetApp provides a comprehensive portfolio of storage and data management products, services, and solutions that help customers realise the full value of their Microsoft® technology investments. With NetApp storage solutions, customers can efficiently store, protect, and manage their data for Microsoft applications and databases, significantly reduce storage costs, increase data availability, and simplify their IT environment to improve manageability.</p>
<p>“As a Sponsor Partner, NetApp plays a pivotal role in enabling Windows Server customers to leverage the storage and data management products, solutions, and technologies needed to take their business to the next level,” said David Hayes, director of the MPSC. “With vendors like NetApp now playing an integral part in the Microsoft Partner Solutions Centre, customers are provided with the support and technical expertise they desire for a wide range of applications and technologies.”</p>
<p>“Commitment to the success of our mutual customers is at the heart of our relationship with Microsoft. Our support of the MPSC further demonstrates our support of the Windows Server platform,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing for NetApp. “We are very excited to continue our record of achievement, innovation, and integration with Microsoft to utilise the MPSC to further demonstrate the value that NetApp and Microsoft bring to our mutual customers and partners.”</p>
<p>In addition to its support of the MPSC, NetApp is a Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) Partner and has installed NetApp storage systems and data management software in all MTCs worldwide. Through this multimillion-dollar commitment, customers and Microsoft ISV partners around the world can take advantage of Microsoft and NetApp technical expertise to solve their most pressing business and technical challenges.</p>
<p>About the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center The Microsoft Partner Solutions Center (MPSC), located on the Microsoft corporate campus in Redmond, WA, works with customers and partners to accelerate deployments and reduce risks by providing access to equipment and technical resources. This allows partners to leverage the combined expertise of Microsoft resources and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), network equipment providers (NEPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), independent hardware providers (IHVs), access providers, systems integrators (SIs) and solutions providers (SPs) at the MPSC to create cutting-edge solutions based on Microsoft’s platform and technologies that can be rolled out quickly to customers. Specific customer offerings that can be delivered through the MPSC include:
• Proof of Concepts (POCs)
• Technical briefings and demonstrations
• Workshop programs
• Lab engagements including solution architecture, build-out and test
• Consulting and partner services</p>
<p>About NetApp
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that accelerate business breakthroughs and achieve outstanding cost efficiency. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at
<p>NetApp, the NetApp logo, and Go further, faster are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.
"Safe Harbor" Statement Under U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include market and market share trends that benefit the Company, continued customer acceptance, and adoption rates of the Company's solutions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results could vary. Factors that could impact our ability to achieve our goals include general economic and industry conditions, including expenditure trends for storage-related products; our ability to deliver new product architectures and products that meet market acceptance; our ability to design products that compete effectively from a price and performance perspective; potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may vary over time; revenues may be affected by changes in IT spending levels; the company's dependence on the storage area network market; potential adverse effects of server virtualization technology on the company's business; the company's dependence on a limited number of customers; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; the company's ability to compete effectively with other companies; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; the complexity of the company's products and other important factors as described in NetApp, Inc. reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recently submitted 10-K and 10-Q.</p>
<p>Press contact
Gabriel Wong
Max Australia
+612 9954 3492</p>

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