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New NetApp Data Center Enables Business Agility and Forms

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
    unified architecture.

  
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
    center.
--  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
    center facility.

  
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
include:  


 
--  Use of outside air economizers provides "free cooling" for most of the
    year.
--  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
business demand." 
Additional Resources 


 
--  Follow NetApp on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NetApp
--  Join NetApp on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NetApp
--  View NetApp videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/NetAppTV
--  Connect with NetApp on LinkedIn:
    www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=111681
--  Connect with NetApp experts and storage enthusiasts on the NetApp
    Community: www.netapp.com/us/communities

  
About NetApp 
 NetApp creates innovative storage and data management
solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate
business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and
consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the
world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as
the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our
passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at
www.netapp.com. 
NetApp, the NetApp logo, Go further, faster, AutoSupport, Data ONTAP,
and FlexPod are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc.
in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands or
products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
holders and should be treated as such. Use of the words "partner",
"partnered", or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership
between NetApp and any other company. 
(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. 
Press Contact:
Ryan Lowry
NetApp
(408) 822-7544
ryan.lowry@netapp.com 
 
 
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