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Encyclopedia > Network Appliance
Network Appliance, Inc.
Type Public (NASDAQ: NTAP)
Founded 1992
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California, USA
Key people Dan Warmenhoven, CEO
Tom Mendoza, President
Steve Gomo, CFO
David Hitz, Executive Vice President (EVP) & Founder
Steve Kleiman, Senior Vice President (SVP) & CTO
James Lau, EVP, Founder, and Chief Strategy Officer
Tom Georgens, EVP & GM, Enterprise Storage Systems
Jay Kidd, SVP & GM, Emerging Products Group
Industry Data storage devices
Products FAS6000, FAS900, FAS3000, FAS200, NearStore®, NearStore VTL, Decru DataFort, Information Server, V-Series, StoreVault
Revenue Image:green_up.png$2.07 billion USD (FY 2006)
Employees 5840
Website www.netapp.com

Network Appliance, Inc. NASDAQ: NTAP is a network storage and data management company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. It is a member of the NASDAQ-100 and ranks on the Fortune 1000. The company employs about 5000 people worldwide. Image File history File links NetApp_logo. ... A public company usually refers to a company which is permitted to offer its securites (i. ... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... David Hitz is founder and executive vice president of Network Appliance, a company that specializes in storage of data. ... In computing, a data storage device—as the name implies—is a device for storing data. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... Green up arrow for a positive change in revenue from last fiscal year. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory[1], the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... A view of downtown San Jose, the self-proclaimed Capital of Silicon Valley. ... The NASDAQ-100 is a stock market index of 100 of the largest domestic and international non-financial companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange based on market capitalization. ... It has been suggested that Fortune 500 be merged into this article or section. ...


Network Appliance™ is credited with the widespread adoption of Network Attached Storage or "NAS" and pioneered Unified Storage. Now Network Appliance storage products support a variety of storage protocols such as iSCSI SAN, Fibre Channel SAN, CIFS and NFS. The key technologies behind most of Network Appliance's product line are the Data ONTAP® storage operating system and WAFL® file system. Network-attached storage (NAS) systems are generally computing-storage devices that can be accessed over a computer network, rather than directly being connected to the computer (via a computer bus). ... . The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions. ... In computing, a storage area network (SAN) is a network (referred to as a fabric) designed to attach computer storage devices such as disk array controllers, tape libraries and CD arrays to servers. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In computing, a storage area network (SAN) is a network (referred to as a fabric) designed to attach computer storage devices such as disk array controllers, tape libraries and CD arrays to servers. ... Server message block (SMB) is a network protocol mainly applied to share files, printers, serial ports, and miscellaneous communications between nodes on a network. ... Network File System (NFS), a protocol originally developed by Sun Microsystems in 1984 and defined in RFCs 1094, 1813, and 3530 (obsoletes 3010) as a distributed file system, allows a user on a client computer to access files over a network as easily as if attached to its local disks. ... The Write Anywhere File Layout, or WAFL, is a file system designed by Network Appliance for use in their Network File System server appliances. ...

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Competition

In December, 2006, IDC ranked Network Appliance fourth among vendors of storage software with 9.4% market share, ahead of Hewlett-Packard, and behind EMC Corporation, Symantec, and IBM. In the same month, IDC ranked Network Appliance second among vendors Network Attached Storage with 30.2% market share, behind EMC, and first among vendors of iSCSI SAN vendors with 21.5% market share ahead of EMC and Hewlett-Packard. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... IDC Analyze the Future-logo. ... The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly known as HP, is a very large, global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. ... EMC Corporation NYSE: EMC is an American manufacturer of software and systems for information management and storage. ... Symantec Corporation NASDAQ: SYMC, founded in 1982, is an international corporation which sells computer software, particularly in the realms of security and information management. ... International Business Machines Corporation (known as IBM or Big Blue; NYSE: IBM) is a multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA. The company is one of the few information technology companies with a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. ...


History

Network Appliance was founded in 1992 by David Hitz, James Lau, and Michael Malcolm. At the time, its major competitor was Auspex. It had its initial public offering in 1995. Like many high technology companies, Network Appliance thrived in the internet bubble years of the mid 1990s to 2001, during which the company grew to $1 billion in annual revenue. After the bubble burst, Network Appliance's revenues quickly declined to $800 million in its fiscal year 2002. Since then, the company's revenues have steadily climbed, reaching $2.07 billion in its fiscal year 2006. David Hitz is founder and executive vice president of Network Appliance, a company that specializes in storage of data. ... Auspex was fo unded in the 1980s as a provider of network attached storage devices, a product category they invented. ... An initial public offering (IPO) is the first sale of a corporations common shares to public investors. ...


Network Appliance also has a long history of making "Best Places to Work" lists. In 2007 the company ranked 6th on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. This is the fifth consecutive year NetApp has earned a spot on the list, placing in the top 50 each time. NetApp also earned top honors in the "Best Companies to Work for in Research Triangle Park" competition in 2006. Other previous distinctions include making ComputerWorld's "Top 100 Places to Work in IT 2005", "Best Places to Work" in the Greater Bay Area in 2006 by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, and the 8th spot on the 2006 list of "Best Workplaces in Germany" by Capital Magazine.


Software

The operating system for most of Network Appliance's products is Data ONTAP. The distinguishing feature in Data ONTAP is its WAFL file system, and WAFL's data protection capabilities, including snapshots, file system mirroring, and RAID-DP. The Write Anywhere File Layout, or WAFL, is a file system designed by Network Appliance for use in their Network File System server appliances. ... In computing, a redundant array of inexpensive disks, also later known as redundant array of independent disks (commonly abbreviated RAID) is a system which uses multiple hard drives to share or replicate data among the drives. ...


NetCache and its uses

The NetCache software produced by Network Appliance is used in Tunisia to censor Internet access. Technically, censorship in Tunisia uses a transparent proxy that processes every HTTP request sent out and filters out sites based on hostnames. Empirical evidence shows that NetApp hardware was used to implement the controls. [1] Censorship in Tunisia has been an issue since the country gained independence in 1956. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... HTTP (for HyperText Transfer Protocol) is the primary method used to convey information on the World Wide Web. ...


Major Acquisitions

  • 1997 - Internet Middleware
  • 2004 - Spinnaker Networks, Inc. The technology Spinnaker brought to NetApp® was integrated into Data ONTAP GX and first released in 2006.
  • 2005 - Alacritus The technology Alacritus brought to NetApp® was integrated into the NetApp NearStore VTL product line
  • 2005 - Decru®. Decru continues to operate as a separate business for data encryption.
  • 2006 - Topio. Software that helps replicate, recover, and protect data over any distance regardless of the underlying server or storage infrastructure.

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Major Divestitures

For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Blue Coat Systems NASDAQ: BCSI is a maker of Proxy Server appliances used for WAN Optimization, Content Filtering, and Web cache. ...

Divisions

According to NetApp's biographies of its two general managers, NetApp is divided into two major businesses:

  • Enterprise Storage Systems includes the FAS and NearStore systems products.
  • Emerging Products Groups includes:
    • VTL
    • Decru
    • StoreVault™
    • V-Series
    • Topio

References

  1. ^ Beaupré, Antoine (2005-11-23). Comment la Tunisie censure l'internet.

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Network Appliance, Inc. NASDAQ: NTAP is a network storage and data management company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
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Network Appliance was founded in 1992 by David Hitz, James Lau, and Michael Malcolm.
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