May 23, 2005 08:02 AM US Eastern Timezone

Network Appliance Changes Game for Midrange Enterprise Storage


Almost every one of our customers wants their suppliers to be consistant. In this press release NetApp emphasizes how their new systems change everything.

We designed our new FAS systems, virtualization engines, and SATA disk option to provide the best value of any midrange storage system in the industry,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network Appliance. “Our customers tell us that data storage consumes 30% to 50% of their IT infrastructure budgets, and that data growth presents a huge management challenge. We listened and designed the modular and scalable FAS3000 series and the V3000 systems to reduce overall complexity, increase performance, and simplify data management. Additionally, we are achieving an industry milestone by enabling economical, high-density SATA disk drives for primary storage applications — without sacrificing data integrity and safety.”

Why would NetApp want to alienate their established customers who want to get the most value out of their current IT infrastructure, especially those that just purchased a 900 series unit? Also, NetApp fails to discuss that savvy data storage managers know that they can buy transferable licensed filers and save a bundle on their storage costs. As a reader of this blog, you already know that Zerowait provides affordable alternatives to NetApp’s pricing policies.

Jon Toigo’s article today Discusses the odd perspective that storage vendors have toward their customers. It is worth a few minutes of your time.

Thomas Mendoza, president of Network Appliance, earned $22 million last year, including the estimated value of his stock options, more than triple the pay for Network Appliance’s CEO. Mendoza also earned more than all but eight Bay Area CEOs.

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