NetApps Pushes Nearline Solutions In India

by Swapna Khanna    Jan 28, 2004

Network Appliance is strongly backing the latest concept in network storage called Nearline storage solution, which it believes is the most promising technology for corporate data storage.

In a recent technology session in the country, Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of NetApps outlined, “Nearline storage technology is an emerging storage category that is growing very fast globally, because of its multiple applications and cost effectiveness as against primary storage like data centers.’

Today Nearline storage, which falls between primary storage and tape based basic storage, is being used in areas like data security, replication and back up, disaster recovery, etc.

“Nearline storage, in the form of ATA-based hard-drive arrays, is the ideal solution for workloads that require quicker random access compared with offline storage, but do not require the continuous, high-volume activity provided by primary storage,” added Warmenhoven.

“Seeing the cost effective storage alternative that the technology can provide to enterprises, NetApps has introduced its NearStore range of storage devices in the country,” said George Thomas, country head, NetApps India.

Thomas claimed that many business houses had already started deploying the storage device, especially for disaster recovery and back up.

“Enterprises in India have started deploying Nearline, and they are preferring it over primary storage, since its cost of deployment is almost 1/5th of the cost of deploying a primary storage,” added Thomas.

According to him, over the past 6 months, Nearline has been the fastest growing storage solution for NetApps in the country. The company also announced that it would add about 235 jobs in India over the next year, taking its employee strength in the country to 300.

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