NetApp Eases Storage

by Sohini Bagchi    Dec 01, 2005

With todays requirements of security, fast access to information, good returns on investments coming to the fore, unified data management serves an important role and NetApp is a successful provider in this domain.

In an exclusive with CXOtoday, Chris Bennett, Senior Director - product management, Network Appliance discusses the business challenges in storage networking and NetApp’s approach to unified storage.

The company sees big scope in unified data management. Says Bennett, “Today CIOs are looking for a single storage platform for handling block and file access, which helps to reduce TCO substantially. In such a scenario, the need of the hour is an integrated technology which gives birth to a SAN/ NAS convergence leading to a Unified Storage Strategy.”

“Unified storage has been designed to support Fiber Channel SAN environments that provide the IT manager with the best-of-breed SAN and NAS implementations,” he added.

Though unified storage is much in vogue, Bennett sees specific potential in verticals like banking, finance, healthcare and manufacturing services where huge data is stored and unified data management can play a major role.

Industries such as BPO, energy and government have also expressed interest.

Bennett further pointed out that with virtualization, storage technology has undergone a lot of change, as it helps enterprise users extract information from any storage application.

Talking about V-Series, the company’s the latest virtualization solution, he said that it extends the virtualization capabilities in its Data ONTAP 7G software that enable the enterprise access information from HP, IBM and Sun. The V-Series also includes thin provisioning and space efficient cloning, and supports all NetApp’s software.

“This unique storage virtualization engine not only helps enterprise optimize their investment in its storage system but access information impeccably,” he said.

The storage major has managed to consolidate a number one position in the networked storage market in India. Today the $1.6 billion data- storage provider can boast revenue growths of about 30% per year. After acquisition of Decru, the company sees much potential in expanding and consolidating the unified storage market.

So what keeps NetApp stay ahead of its contenders? Bennett replied,
“Innovation is one constant process which keeps us going. It is important to come up with new products and solutions demonstrating creativity and thoughtfulness.”

“With unified storage, CIOs have one single instance of backup, consolidated disaster recovery and a simple way to manage architecture in today’s data intensive enterprise,” he summed up.