Profile: NetApp Inc (NTAP.O)
6 Dec 2013
NetApp, Inc. (NetApp), incorporated on November 01, 1992, is a provider of storage systems and data management solutions for information technology (IT) infrastructures. Its fabric-attached storage (FAS) platform offers the storage platform for business applications, shared infrastructures, and cloud environments. NetApp is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) storage provider and enables OEMs to offer IT and storage solutions that serve specific markets and customer requirements. The Company offers two storage platforms. Its FAS storage systems offer integrated protection and data management for virtualized, shared infrastructures and business applications. Its E-Series systems offer OEMs a modular storage platform. On May 6, 2011, NetApp acquired certain assets related to the Engenio external storage systems business (Engenio) of LSI Corporation (LSI).
The Company has outsourced manufacturing operations to third parties located in Memphis, Tennessee; Olive Branch, Mississippi; Livingston, Scotland; Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands; Szekesfehervar, Hungary; Shanghai and Longhua, China; Taoyuan City, Taiwan; Singapore, and Guadalajara, Mexico. These operations include materials procurement, commodity management, component engineering, test engineering, manufacturing engineering, product assembly, product assurance, quality control, final test, and global logistics.
Fabric-Attached Storage (FAS) Storage Platform
NetApp offers storage solutions that incorporate its FAS platform and the functionality of its Data ONTAP data and storage resource management software. Its FAS and V-Series storage solutions are based on Data ONTAP, which is an operating system (OS) that supports any mix of storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) environments. Its storage software platform is compatible with UNIX, Linux, Windows, and Web environments. The Data ONTAP OS provides the foundation to build a shared storage infrastructure and an enterprise-wide data fabric for the full breadth of business applications and data storage and protection requirements. Data ONTAP features scalability, secure multi-tenancy, and unification across protocols and disks.
A few of the technology features the Company offers with Data ONTAP include: FlexShare technology, FlexCache technology, MultiStore software and RAID-DP. FlexShare technology directs how storage system resources are used to deliver an appropriate level of service for each application. FlexCache technology allows performance acceleration through the creation of read-only cached volumes on multiple storage controllers. MultiStore software allows partitioning of individual physical storage systems into multiple secure and separate logical partitions. RAID-DP is a Data ONTAP feature that safeguards data from double disk failure. Integrated with its Write Anywhere File Layout (WAFL) file system, RAID-DP gives customers data protection plus high performance.
Some of the efficiency technologies the Company offers include: FlexVol technology, FlexClone technology and Deduplication technology. FlexVol technology provides for thin provisioning through virtual volumes. FlexClone technology enables true data cloning using logical copies that do not require additional physical storage space and allows for instant replication of data volumes and datasets. Deduplication technology eliminates duplicate data within primary and secondary disk storage environments. Its management software includes NetApp OnCommand management software. The Company’s management software family of products provides a range of storage and data management tools. It integrates its software with database and business application software from partners, such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and VMware.
Through data center automation tools, NetApp gives customers the ability to monitor service levels, manage performance, and support change management in complex enterprise SAN and NAS environments. NetApp’s FAS6200, FAS3200, and FAS2000 series of fabric-attached storage systems are designed to consolidate all types of storage workloads, including primary and secondary data, as well as structured and unstructured data, across all key OS platforms and network infrastructures. Also, it unifies storage access for all network protocols based on host bus adapter (HBA) technology and Internet protocol (IP) networks. All of NetApp’s FAS systems are interoperable and provide common software services. NetApp provides a data-in-place upgrade path that spans from entry-level platforms for smaller organizations all the way to high-end data center environments.
NetApp’s virtual storage tiering is available with its Flash Cache modular cache expansion. Virtual storage tiering lowers response times and increases input/output (I/O) operations of disk drives without storing additional data on them. Using storage tiering also improves application performance for production workloads residing on any type of disk drive. Deduplication capabilities reduce the input/output (I/O) load on storage controllers to provide scaling, especially useful with virtual and cloud-based working sets. NetApp’s V-Series family is a network-based virtualization solution that consolidates storage from different suppliers behind its data management interface, providing SAN and NAS access to the data stored in heterogeneous storage arrays. The V-Series family is compatible with the FAS family of storage systems.
The NetApp Integrated Data Protection portfolio offers a range of branded and partner-integrated solutions. This portfolio includes Snapshot technology, SnapRestore technology, SnapVault and Open Systems SnapVault technologies, MetroCluster, SnapMirror data replication solution, NetApp SnapProtect and NetApp integrated backup solutions. Snapshot technology enables near-instantaneous, space-efficient online backups of large datasets without affecting system performance. SnapRestore technology uses stored Snapshot backups to recover entire file systems or data volumes in seconds, regardless of capacity or number of files. SnapVault and Open Systems SnapVault technologies provide network- and storage-optimized data movement for disk-to-disk backup.
MetroCluster combines array-based clustering with synchronous mirroring to deliver continuous availability and zero data loss. SnapMirror data replication solution provides disaster recovery protection for business-critical data matched to the recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives of customer environments. NetApp SnapProtect manages NetApp Snapshot copies, replication, and tape from a single console. The Company offers a suite of products to help enable data permanence, accessibility, and privacy to satisfy a range of different regulations. Storage architectures can be created utilizing NetApp SnapLock products. NetApp Flash Cache modules are used for the performance of random read-intensive workloads, such as file services and messaging. These intelligent read caches speed access to user data.
Partnering with SafeNet, Inc. enables the Company to provide a platform for data security and key management across IP SAN, NAS, and tape backup environments. The platform combines wire-speed encryption, access controls, authentication, and automated key management to provide security for data at rest, while still allowing the capability to search compliant data for legal discovery purposes if the need arises. It also partners with Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. to provide advanced fabric services for SANs. NetApp StorageGRID is a object storage software solution designed to manage petabyte-scale, globally distributed repositories of images, video, and records for enterprises and service providers. NetApp StorageGRID provides scalability by eliminating the constraints of data containers in blocks and files. It supports billions of files or objects and petabytes of capacity in hybrid cloud storage architectures with a single global namespace. NetApp StorageGRID enables intelligent data management and secure content retention. Other content offerings include the NetApp Solution for Archive as a Service and NetApp StorageGRID Healthcare Solution.
E-Series Storage Platform
E-Series systems offer OEMs a high-performance, modular storage platform. The Company’s server OEMs also delivers entry storage systems to their diverse customers. Its E-Series platform is engaged in the development of big bandwidth solutions for full-motion video, seismic processing, medical content management, and high-performance Lustre solutions. Its E-Series Storage Platform includes NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop, NetApp Full-Motion Video, NetApp Seismic Processing, NetApp Media Content Management and NetApp High-Performance Lustre.
The Company’s customers demand storage infrastructure for the operation of their businesses. It provides professional services, global support solutions, and customer education and training. The Company provides service delivery and global support during every phase of the customer engagement, including assessment and analysis, planning, design, installation, implementation, integration, optimization, ongoing support, and remote management and monitoring. Services and support often include phased rollouts, technology transitions and migrations, and other long-term engagements.
The Company competes with Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, Oracle Corporation, DotHill and Xyratex.
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