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NetApp Takes Suncorp To The Cloud

Suncorp to unify its storage environment and demonstrate the seamless integration of NetApp, Cisco and VMware technologies

SYDNEY, Australia – 1 October 2009 — NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced today that Suncorp, a leading Australian diversified financial services company, has consolidated its storage environment and implemented an IT as a service model based on the Dynamic Data Centre concept developed by NetApp. 

The overhaul has allowed Suncorp to standardise the management of its storage environment, enabling greater storage efficiencies and improving service levels across its business.

Jeff Smith, Group Executive Business Technology of Suncorp said, “We decided it was time to consolidate and standardise our storage environment with NetApp as our annual storage growth was unsustainable.”

Suncorp is deploying NetApp FAS6070, FAS6080 and FAS6030 systems, VMware and NetApp storage virtualization technologies for its storage, network and hosting infrastructure.  The administration, provisioning and monitoring of Suncorp’s storage environment is being simplified with SnapDrive, SnapManager, SnapVault, SnapMirror, Operations Manager, Multistore and FlexClone.

The NetApp implementation has allowed Suncorp to reduce its data centres from three locations to two, with the pre-production and production data centres linked by IP-SAN.  Suncorp is one of the first customers in the world to virtualize its core and aggregation layers with Cisco Nexus 7000 switches.

Mr Smith said, “We worked with NetApp to create a best practice design for our storage infrastructure through the use of virtualization.  By implementing NetApp, Cisco and VMware technology, we have increased our storage efficiency, introduced greater flexibility and reduced our total IT costs.  We have also improved our ability to develop and bring new product and service applications to market and respond to customer demands quickly.”

Peter O’Connor, Area Vice President of NetApp Australia and New Zealand said, “NetApp demonstrated the importance of using a standards-based approach for the administration of a storage environment to deliver greater storage efficiencies, reduce the cost of ownership, and enable business breakthroughs.  Our partnership with Suncorp is a shining example of how our innovative technologies continue to meet the market’s demand for solutions that address real business challenges.”

For more information on how NetApp can help companies transform their data centres, visit http://cloud.netapp.com/.

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