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NetApp to Acquire Onaro
NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) today announced a definitive merger agreement to acquire Onaro, a privately owned company headquartered in Boston, Mass. Onaros software, deployed in 32% of Fortune 50 companies, allows enterprises to manage storage with the highest possible data availability at a fraction of normal operational costs. The combination of NetApp and Onaro will help enterprise organizations increase data center and storage network efficiencies by proactively managing and optimizing storage service levels for availability and performance in dynamic data center environments. The predictive nature of Onaro products also makes them ideally suited for modeling and forecasting data center and service-level changes capabilities that customers sorely need as they upgrade, rethink, and deploy their next-generation data centers.

For NetApp, this deal signals a continued strengthening of the companys storage and data management software portfolio. NetApp has rapidly expanded its storage management offerings over the last few years and the addition of Onaro to the mix should be compelling to customers who want one expert to help them with their storage architecture challenges.

For existing NetApp customers, the acquisition of Onaro enables powerful new storage service management and change management capabilities. For Onaro customers, the acquisition brings to Onaro products a significant R&D engine and financial strength to significantly advance product development over the coming years. For new customers, the NetApp and Onaro solution offers the opportunity to effectively deploy and manage service-level large-scale storage networks using cost-effective and highly scalable modular systems. They no longer will need to rely on monolithic legacy systems that are expensive and cumbersome in todays era of rapid data center evolution.

I am very excited about the breakthroughs we can achieve for our customers with the addition of Onaro to our manageability portfolio, said Tom Georgens, executive vice president, Product Operations at NetApp. This deal is not just a first for the industry, but also a new opportunity for customers to rethink their large-scale storage infrastructures and gain extra confidence in the strength of modular systems to manage the biggest data challenges out there.

Onaro extends NetApp vision and strategy for integrated data management in the data center, whether using NetApp® or other than NetApp storage systems, and complements traditional SRM products. As storage networks continue to grow, IT managers face an increasingly complex challenge to document change, assess compliance to best practices, and diagnose root cause in real time. Onaros products rise to meet that challenge. An application-centric view of performance, availability, and change management results in better levels of service for each application on a storage network, making consolidation and migration projects easier to plan for and manage.

Eighty percent of all IT operational issues such as application outages, performance problems, and downtime result from unwitting change. Customers tell us they are being asked to commit to almost impossible levels of service to avoid these problems, which drain precious resources, continued Georgens. They are looking to us for a solution to obtain a better view and gain more control over their storage systems, not just as physical devices but as a set of services. With the addition of Onaro, our ability to provide the underlying modular storage architecture as well as policy-based storage management software will help enterprises commit to escalating service levels required by their business in the near term and to proactively continue to navigate changes in their data centers.

We are excited and look forward to joining the outstanding team at NetApp, said Doug McNary, president and CEO at Onaro, Inc. NetApp global channels and its powerful brand will accelerate Onaros ability to address the growing worldwide demand for our products. Our technologies and strategies are very complementary and will enable the combined companies to offer customers comprehensive storage management solutions for the data center.

The NetApp and Onaro combination also strengthens the NetApp SAN (storage area network) portfolio with robust SAN service-level management. It likewise complements the companys solutions for virtualization and VMware, both of which are driving massive data center changes that require the modeling and predictive capabilities inherent in Onaro products. Onaro will complement other NetApp offerings for heterogeneous data management, which include:

  • NearStore® VTL systems for heterogeneous data center backup
  • V-Series systems for multi-vendor virtualization
  • VFM® (Virtual File Manager) software for managing distributed data
  • ReplicatorX software for data replication and recovery
  • NetApp Decru DataFort® appliances for enterprise-class storage encryption

The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of calendar year 2008, subject to customary closing conditions.

Published Thursday, January 03, 2008 10:18 PM by David Marshall
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