Network Appliance, Inc. unveiled its vision and strategy for the evolution of storage that addresses the concept that "not all data is created equal." The company also revealed how Network Appliance has become a full-line enterprise storage solutions supplier, leading the innovation and value curves for today's data-intensive enterprise. The company's strategy addresses customer challenges around storage consolidation, data center operations, business continuance and distributed enterprise applications.

Company executives reiterated the company's strong history of innovation leadership in delivering enterprise storage solutions and the ability to provide solutions for all types of enterprise data – from mission- and business-critical data that drives sophisticated CRM, DSS, and ERP systems to remote office/branch office data and archive/reference data.

As Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance, noted, "Today's enterprise demands fast, reliable access to data to power a wide range of business applications, making storage the critical component for that data need. Only Network Appliance offers a full line of information storage and access solutions for online, near line and distributed data requirements. And only Network Appliance offers unified SAN and NAS solutions to fit into customers' existing or preferred configurations. This unified approach to storage sets NetApp apart in the industry and enables us to deliver what customers demand for their enterprise applications."

As Warmenhoven continued, "Whether a customer is running a performance- intensive ERP solution or archiving reference data for research or modeling applications, Network Appliance offers storage choices to fit that customer's compute environment, cost and total solution purchase criteria."

In support of its corporate vision and strategy, Network Appliance unveiled new products that significantly expand the company's solutions portfolio, including the FAS900 series, the company's new flagship storage platform and a key element in the company's unified storage portfolio. Network Appliance also debuted new and expanded corporate partnerships with Brocade, Oracle and VERITAS Software. These partnerships allow Network Appliance to offer customers enhanced service, support, sales and technology in the Fibre Channel SAN market. Finally, Network Appliance unveiled enhanced or new open management products: DataFabric Manager 2.1, SnapDrive 2.0 and VFM (Virtual File Manager); the DataFabric Management Services program and Manage ONTAP solutions; and expanded relationships with open management partners AppIQ, BMC Software, CA, NuView and Precise Software's Storage Solutions Division.

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