New NetApp Data Center Enables Business Agility and Forms Backbone of
Growing IT and Customer Support Operations
Company Partners With Digital Realty to Design World-Class,
Energy-Efficient Facility in Hillsboro, Ore.
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/01/12 -- On Friday, November 2,
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) will launch a new data center facility in
Hillsboro, Oregon, that will play an integral role in the company's
aggressive plans to expand the services it provides for its more than
12,000 employees and thousands of customers. The data center will be
the hub for all NetApp global customer support monitoring and
corporate IT services and will leverage the NetApp(R) agile data
infrastructure architecture to deliver nonstop, infinitely scalable
operations. At the heart of this agile data infrastructure is NetApp
Data ONTAP(R), the world's #1 storage operating system. The
energy-efficient data center was designed in partnership with Digital
Realty, a leading provider of data center solutions.
Like so many of its customers, NetApp is faced with a fast-paced
business climate, an explosion in the amount of data that must be
stored and managed, and the need for nondisruptive operations. The
Hillsboro data center is a major step in an overall strategy to
transform NetApp's IT infrastructure into an agile data
infrastructure that is:
-- Intelligent. Automatically provisions and optimizes storage resources
with efficiency and performance using policy-based management.
-- Immortal. Maintains 100% accessibility to data despite necessary
migrations and upgrades, including complete hardware refreshes.
-- Infinite. Seamlessly scales storage resources starting very small and
growing to support the data needs of the enterprise using a single
Cynthia Stoddard, chief information officer for NetApp, provides
insight into how Hillsboro's agile data infrastructure will enable
business velocity going forward:
-- "With the business and customer landscape changing at a rapid pace, we
demand an intelligent storage architecture that can anticipate and
respond to the business faster. Characteristics such as zero-touch
automation, 100% utilization, end-to-end visibility, and built-in
efficiency features provide us with the ability to quickly respond to
change and make sure we stay in lockstep with our customers' needs."
-- "To achieve the growth objectives we have, we need to enable an
environment where the data is essentially immortal; it is always
available -- never having to worry about scheduled downtime or gaps in
our ability to support our customers."
-- "The environment has to enable infinite scalability based on the
exponential growth of data and information that we need to store and
manage. Our AutoSupport(TM) capability is a prime example as it
requires us to analyze a database that includes more than 24 billion
records of our customers' storage systems. Clustered Data ONTAP, which
represents NetApp's next generation of innovation, enables the
infinite scalability required to make sure our customers' storage
systems are operating at maximum efficiency and performance."
Hillsboro's Agile Data Infrastructure
The Hillsboro data center's
agile data infrastructure will be composed of technologies from
NetApp and other best-in-class NetApp partners, including:
-- NetApp FAS6200 storage systems and a joint Cisco and NetApp
FlexPod(R) solution will address all of the physical and virtual
computing workloads and leverage clustered ONTAP. Approximately 1.5PB
of clustered Data ONTAP storage will be deployed in the Hillsboro data
-- Cisco has partnered with NetApp IT to provide the high-speed unified
fabric network based on the Cisco Nexus products and FlexPod, a
solution leveraging the Cisco Unified Computing System combined with
NetApp storage. These two solutions together help form the core of the
Hillsboro data center architecture, enabling NetApp IT to achieve its
scalability, availability, and utilization objectives.
-- Fujitsu PRIMERGY(R) and SPARC Enterprise(R) servers provide a
complete ecosystem, based on over 40 years of industry experience and
intellectual property that help NetApp operate more efficiently and
reliably. The servers also excel in energy efficiency, virtualization
features, and sophisticated system management functions, which enhance
and complement the efficiencies of the new world-class NetApp data
World-Class Energy Efficiency
While many data centers today struggle
with energy waste, the Hillsboro data center's innovative design
supports the company's goals for sustainability and data center power
reduction. The estimated data center power usage effectiveness
(PUE)(1) will be less than 1.3.
Some key features to the data center's outstanding energy efficiency
-- Use of outside air economizers provides "free cooling" for most of the
-- Pressure-controlled cold-aisle containment reduces fan energy while
eliminating hot air intrusion.
-- Electrical distribution system is optimized using efficient
transformers and efficient uninterruptible power supply.
Watch and learn more about NetApp's unique data center efficiency
design approach found in its Research Triangle Park, North Carolina,
facility and the new data center in Hillsboro.
"NetApp asked us to deliver an efficient, cost-effective data center
in the shortest time feasible. The Hillsboro custom designed data
center represents our commitment to meet NetApp's specific
requirements, utilizing our innovative approach to modular data
center engineering, design and construction," said Michael F. Foust,
chief executive officer at Digital Realty. "We are very pleased this
data center will be an important component of NetApp's growth
strategy and long-term vision to remain one step ahead of growing
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(1) Power usage effectiveness (PUE) is a metric, established by The
Green Grid, used to determine the energy efficiency of a data center.
PUE is determined
by dividing the amount of power entering a data
center by the power used to run the computer infrastructure within
it. PUE is therefore expressed as a ratio, with overall efficiency
improving as the quotient decreases toward 1. A value of 1.00 would
indicate 100% efficiency: All energy going into the data center is
used to power the computer equipment and nothing else.
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