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January 23, 2013

IDC Highlights NetApp as Being a Top Scale-Out Storage Company

Recently, NetApp has revealed that the IDC (News - Alert) has recognized the company as a leader in scale-out file storage, primarily due to its Data OnTap architecture.

“NetApp's position as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Scale-Out File-Based Storage is validation of our vision and ability to innovate in the storage marketplace," Brendon Howe, vice president of product and solutions marketing at NetApp, said in a statement. "Organizations struggling to scale their infrastructure are quickly discovering that they need a combination of performance, high availability, and simplified management to meet business goals. Clustered Data ONTAP gives organizations the foundation to adapt as business needs change, while providing the necessary features and reliability expected of an enterprise-class storage solution."

IDC mentioned the company in its report titled, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Scale-Out File-Based Storage 2012 Vendor Analysis." The study assesses all major companies in the storage technology business.

The scale-out approach where customers add more storage devices as opposed to scale up, where customers buy larger and faster devices, lets business scale capacity and performance independent of each other. This saves businesses money while keeping management easy.

The report particularly praises NetApps clustered Data OnTap architecture. Data OnTap allows high-performance data storage infrastructure to share a pool of resources.

“NetApp's scale-out file-based solution, clustered Data ONTAP, is different from other market alternatives that leverage a host-based distributed file system,” the report commented. “Because of this approach, NetApp has an advantage over its competitors whose platforms based on distributed file systems lacked mature support block storage, storage optimization features, and server virtualization... With 8.1.1 of ONTAP, NetApp has further improved its clustering capabilities while adding new features such as virtual storage tiering, transparent data migration, nondisruptive operations, embedded flash acceleration, and support for very large content containers and scale clusters."

Gartner (News - Alert), another major research firm, named NetApp as a highly successful storage company in a report that said the worldwide controller-based disk storage market grew 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2012.


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Edited by Jamie Epstein
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