Network Appliance, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, and VERITAS Software, the leading storage software provider, announced today their creation of integrated solutions for data lifecycle management, regulatory compliance, and disk-based data protection, expanding each companies' current solutions portfolios in these arenas. In addition, NetApp will now resell certain VERITAS software products as part of these fully integrated solutions, building on the two companies' joint product development and go-to-market programs previewed August 12, 2003.

"VERITAS and NetApp are bringing together the industry's leading storage infrastructure and storage management products into seamless, integrated solutions for our mutual customers," said Rob Soderbery, vice president of Business Development, VERITAS Software. "We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with NetApp on product development, joint marketing and sales. Together, we will be driving the future of disk-based data protection and the realization of true enterprise-wide data lifecycle management."

"By expanding our alliance, NetApp and VERITAS are delivering advanced enterprise solutions that further address and anticipate critical customer needs centered around data protection, data lifecycle management, and regulatory compliance," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Partners and Alliances at Network Appliance. "By continuing to create robust solutions, we will help our customers gain greater value from their storage infrastructures, while saving on their total cost of ownership."

"IT professionals continue to look for new ways to leverage more value from their storage infrastructures – especially in these financially tight and complex times," said Jamie Gruener, senior analyst, The Yankee Group. "Vendors who are able to offer simple and seamlessly integrated solutions provide the greatest return on investment and lowest total cost of ownership for customers. Together, the collaborative strategies of Network Appliance and VERITAS help accomplish these tasks."

Network Appliance and VERITAS Integrated Solutions

NetApp and VERITAS unveiled the first integrated offerings on the companies' roadmap for data life cycle management, regulatory compliance and disk-based data protection solutions. This road map expands on each company's current portfolio in these arenas.

Data Life Cycle Management and Regulatory Compliance
The two companies plan to integrate VERITAS Data Lifecycle Manager with NetApp enterprise storage systems to manage data from creation to end of life. The solution will enable policy-based data migration and archiving between NetApp FAS systems and heterogeneous servers, which are connected to NetApp NearStore systems, providing complete data lifecycle management for Data ONTAP, Windows, UNIX and Linux host systems. The NetApp/VERITAS solution is designed to protect, archive, organize and manage data across heterogeneous infrastructures, allowing organizations to efficiently leverage multiple classes of storage. Co-developed integration optimizes backup and restore operations and provides transparency for end-users and applications. VERITAS Data Lifecycle Manager also indexes the content of managed data, providing end users, administrators and auditors an enterprise-wide search capability to help dramatically reduce the time and cost of e-discovery and retrieval. The solution reduces customers' total cost of ownership in data management by improving hardware utilization, eliminating unnecessary redundancy and improving management efficiency.

A key feature of the joint solution is integration between NetApp SnapLock Software and VERITAS Data Lifecycle Manager, allowing users to implement retention policies on their data to guarantee its integrity and automatically retain it on appropriate media until no longer required by the end-user or enterprise. This SnapLock capability to enable write-once (non-erasable, non- rewritable) disk-based storage allows data to be archived for regulatory compliance.

Disk-Based Data Protection
The two companies plan to integrate the industry-leading VERITAS NetBackup software(1) from VERITAS with the NetApp NearStore ATA-based storage system to offer customers a unified solution for disk-based data protection in both NetApp and heterogeneous systems environments. VERITAS NetBackup software will provide a single management interface for heterogeneous disk-to-disk-to-tape protection, which includes NetApp SnapVault software for filer-to-filer protection and NetApp NearStore Windows for disk-based backup and recovery of Windows and Unix host systems and applications.

This combination delivers a unified architecture for disk-to-disk-to-tape protection across NetApp, Windows and UNIX host environments. Customers can dramatically reduce their backup and restore times with disk-based protection, while still retaining data on tape for long-term archival and disaster recovery.

Integration between NetApp Snapshot capabilities with VERITAS NetBackup Advanced Client and Oracle(R) Agent will allow for high-performance, online disk-based backup of Oracle databases running on NetApp storage systems.

(1) Source: Gartner. "2002 Storage Management Market Share," DiCenzo, C. April 2003

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