NetApp Eyes Storage Consolidation Space

by Amit Tripathi    Jul 15, 2004

Network Appliance (NetApp) recognizes storage consolidation as the leading driver of its business in India owing to compliance issues which are gradually getting into the financial and healthcare segments. The company expects enterprises to store data for a longer duration.

Speaking to CXOtoday, on the regulatory scenario in India, George Thomas, country manager, NetApp India Ltd. said, “The regulatory compliance scenario in India is not as stringent as in the US, but there are many American MNCs operating in India, which need to adhere to those regulations like HIPAA and others (for instance the BPOs). Moreover in India the customers too desire an archival system available at the enterprise end for future use, as in the case of pharmaceutical and insurance sectors.”

Spelling out NetApp’s plans for India, Pankaj Narayan, director, marketing & alliances, APAC, Network Appliance, said, “In India, it is the Financial Services Institutions (FSI) who are our prime prospects, followed by the life sciences and health care segments.” Elaborating more on storage trend in India, Narayan says, “The practice of e-mail archiving, document management, file imaging are catching up fast in the Indian FSI segment.”

Narayan also cited the recent Giga report that identified five major reasons that drives storage technology, namely the compliance to regulations, improved risk management (crucial to business continuity), improved employee efficiency, more cost cutting, and the efforts towards improved security and protection of corporate assets.

Network Appliance provides technology for primary storage, nearline storage, gateway solutions (gFiler) and appliances (NetCache) to integrate proxy, advanced caching, content-filtering, web virus-scanning, and usage analysis functionality into a single solution. Its solution like the FAS250 incorporates a combined architecture of internet SCSI (iSCSI), Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Storage Area Network (SAN).

Among other drivers to NetApp’s business in India would be the efforts towards disaster recovery, disk-to-disk back up, and storage technology in distributed environment of an enterprise.

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