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FirstHealth Adopts NetApp

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), a leader in advanced networked storage solutions, today announced that FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, nongovernmental, not-for-profit health-care network serving 15 counties in the mid-Carolinas, has consolidated its data center applications and storage appliances onto NetApp unified storage solutions. FirstHealth replaced its antiquated direct-attached storage (DAS) infrastructure with a flexible, scalable, and easy-to-manage infrastructure that has reduced management and production costs. The new NetApp system enables FirstHealth to quickly put clinical information into the hands of caregivers, resulting in better patient care, shorter hospital stays, and monumental cost savings for both the hospital network and the community it serves.

The NetApp unified storage architecture has given FirstHealth the flexibility to match our storage to multiple applications, user access, and archive requirements without worrying about being locked into a specific platform or configuration,” said Dave Dillehunt, chief information officer at FirstHealth. “Standardizing on NetApp dramatically improved our ability to manage information assets, and the faster we can put critical patient data into a physician’s hands, the faster the diagnosis and treatment of the patient.”

Primary storage from NetApp FAS3000 series systems provides round-the-clock global data availability for the full suite of FirstHealth information and application environments, including fileshares, home directories, and Oracle® Database.

Network Appliance Inc.