As Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) took over the Millennium Hotel in Manhattan this week to launch its new products and vision, Byte and Switch caught up with NetApp CEO, Dan Warmenhoven (such a domestic sounding name, Warm-in-the-oven, he must be nice), to find out whats new.
Byte and Switch: Is the new FAS900 SAN/NAS series a sign of NetApp moving up market? (see NetApp Does the Storage Two-Step).
Warmenhoven: No, this is the conclusion of our transformation. The market perception is that we are a mid-range storage provider, but most of our deployments are now in the 48 terabyte range, theres nothing mid-range about 48 terabytes.
Byte and Switch: Is the majority of your business still with technology and Internet companies?
Warmenhoven: Two years ago 70 percent of it was technology and Internet, but weve moved to a much broader enterprise base of customers
Now, two thirds of our total business comes from energy, financial services, telecommunications, major manufacturers, life sciences, and the federal government and we are continuing to expand into new verticals.