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NetApp Offers Channel Resellers Specialised Training and Accreditation for Microsoft Virtualization Environments

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) expanded its Virtualization Specialisation Program today to include Windows® Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ technology from Microsoft. Now NetApp resellers can get specialised training and accreditation to provide their customers greater value and expertise with Hyper-V and NetApp® solutions.
  • 29 July, 2009 10:37

<p>NetApp Virtualization Specialisation Program Enables Resellers to Provide Greater Expertise to Customers Using Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – July 29, 2009 — NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) expanded its Virtualization Specialisation Program today to include Windows® Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ technology from Microsoft. Now NetApp resellers can get specialised training and accreditation to provide their customers greater value and expertise with Hyper-V and NetApp® solutions.</p>
<p>Microsoft® virtualization solutions based on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V integrates with Microsoft’s System Centre suite of management tools so that customers can achieve greater cost savings, IT efficiency, and optimised server hardware investments. Microsoft virtualization combined with NetApp storage solutions provides data centre customers a complete virtual architecture to enhance infrastructure flexibility, lower costs, and simplify data management.</p>
<p>NetApp channel partners can take advantage of the growing adoption of Hyper-V and NetApp solutions and offer their customers expertise they may not be able to find elsewhere. In addition, Virtualization Specialised partners can improve sales and margins and become a highly sought-after resource for Hyper-V and NetApp solutions. The NetApp Virtualization Specialisation Program complements the recently released Microsoft Virtualization Solutions Competency Program in helping partners develop their virtualization solution practices.</p>
<p>“Our partners are excited about the opportunity and are seeing increased deployments of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V,” said Julie Parrish, vice president, Global Partner Sales, at NetApp. “We are meeting our partners’ specific request for training and expertise on Hyper-V. This program provides partners with the training and competency to bring together components from Microsoft and NetApp in a best-practice configuration.”</p>
<p>“NetApp and Microsoft virtualization solutions are reshaping data centre environments,” said Zane Adam, senior director of Virtualization Strategy and Management at Microsoft. “As the 2009 Storage Solution of the year award illustrates, NetApp offers a compelling storage platform for customers. The NetApp Virtualization Specialisation Program helps bring together technologies for resellers’ specialised practices. Together we’re equipping our partners to better deliver solutions that increase efficiency, reduce costs, and increase business agility for customers.”</p>
<p>NetApp has a long-standing partnership with Microsoft delivering complete solutions that help reduce customers’ costs, maximise storage efficiency, improve data availability, and simplify data management of their virtual server environments. Microsoft customers running Hyper-V can reduce the amount of storage they need by at up to 50% by using recommended NetApp technologies that are inherent in the company’s Data ONTAP® operating system, including thin provisioning and deduplication. See netapp.com for details on our virtualization guarantee program.</p>
<p>NetApp resellers can participate in the NetApp Virtualization Specialisation Program immediately. Benefits of the program include access to the customised Storage Efficiency Calculator and NetApp Lab on Demand, and priority enrolment for GetSuccessful™ workshops and NetApp regional events. For more information, visit the NetApp Field Portal.</p>
<p>About NetApp</p>
<p>NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that accelerate business breakthroughs and deliver outstanding cost efficiency. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com.</p>
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<p>NetApp, the NetApp logo, Go further, faster, Data ONTAP, and GetSuccessful are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks and Hyper-V is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.</p>
<p>*This guarantee and related Program are limited to the terms set forth in www.netapp.com/guarantee applicable only to prospective orders placed after the Program effective date and are dependent upon your compliance with the terms and conditions set forth in this document and any of the instruction sets and specifications set forth in the referenced documents. NetApp’s sole and exclusive liability and your sole and exclusive remedy associated with the terms of this guarantee and related Program is the provision by NetApp of the additional storage capacity as set forth in this guarantee and related Program.</p>
<p>Press Contacts:</p>
<p>Rachel York</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
<p>+61 2 9954 3492</p>
<p>Rachel.york@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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