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NetApp Broadens Midsize Focus

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) today announced the complete integration of the S family, formerly known as StoreVault, into its full line of storage and data management solutions. The S family, which has won 10 different industry awards over the past three years under the StoreVault name, provides the Midsize Enterprise (MSE) and remote office/branch office (ROBO) markets with enterprise-level storage capabilities at an entry-level price. The S family is now available worldwide directly from NetApp and via authorized NetApp channel partners. The completed integration further signifies NetApp’s continued commitment to its MSE and ROBO customers and broadens the solutions available to all NetApp partners and end users.

The S family provides MSE and ROBO customers with an affordable, multifunction, unified storage platform ideal for use in first-time environments. With an economical price point that makes it a great fit for small and midsize customers, the S family offers a subset of NetApp’s Data ONTAP® operating system, with key technologies such as Snapshot™, RAID-DP®, and thin provisioning. Furthermore, the integration gives existing StoreVault customers further access to NetApp’s full line of storage products, services, and software, for an end-to-end storage offering.

For resellers, the integration of the S family into the NetApp® product portfolio presents an opportunity for increased business growth and deeper customer relationships. Current NetApp VIP resellers can now reach new customers and further penetrate existing accounts. Value-added resellers (VARs), who previously sold only StoreVault solutions, now have access to NetApp’s FAS2000 series, allowing them to reach a broader set of opportunities.

"We saw NetApp growing our business with smaller customers and are excited about using familiar technology to reach larger customer opportunities," said Bill Lenherr, owner of Greenbrier Communications, a West Virginia solutions provider. “StoreVault introduced us to a new world of storage solutions. The integration into NetApp gives us even more tools to continue expanding our regional storage business upward."

NetApp Inc.