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NetApp Supports Hyper-V

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) today announced new storage solutions optimized for Microsoft Windows® Server 2008 Hyper-V™, virtualization software that’s a feature of most versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2008. The new NetApp® storage solutions provide data center customers with server virtualization capabilities for increased operational efficiencies and scalability. Further reinforcing its support of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, NetApp is a Platinum sponsor at Microsoft’s “Get Virtual Now” launch event taking place today in Bellevue, Washington.

With thousands of NetApp systems already deployed for virtual server environments, NetApp now provides Windows Server 2008 customers with the technology needed to enable them to build a complete virtual architecture. As a result, customers will experience enhanced infrastructure flexibility along with lowered costs through consolidation and simplified management. NetApp’s built-in storage deduplication and thin provisioning technologies, both available at no additional charge, allow Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V customers to reduce storage power, cooling, and space requirements by up to 50%. With NetApp’s virtual cloning and virtual volume capabilities, Windows Server 2008 customers can reallocate physical storage quickly and provision storage as fast as the virtual servers. Furthermore, NetApp’s best-in-class data protection functionality provides customers with instantaneous backups and cost-effective disaster recovery of virtual machines for end-to-end backup and recovery.

“We selected Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V for our server virtualization platform to help us consolidate our IT infrastructure,” said Andy Schneider, infrastructure architect, Avanade. “At the same time, we knew that we needed to select a storage platform that would easily work with Hyper-V to provide us with the true benefits of server virtualization. Leveraging our existing NetApp infrastructure for our Hyper-V deployment, it was clear that the NetApp platform would allow us to realize the full potential of our virtual environment. The NetApp solution not only provided top performance, but did so with a cost-effective and flexible solution. In fact, NetApp’s built-in deduplication technology has lowered our disk space requirements by 51%.”

NetApp Inc.