NetApp - A Look Back at 2012

Posted by lfreeman Dec 27, 2012

2012 was a banner year at NetApp.  Awards, announcements, and partnerships flowed seemingly nonstop.  As we close out the year I thought it would be interesting to take a look back…


In January, NetApp celebrated the new year by being named #6 on Fortune’s “Best Places to Work” – the 4th consecutive year being named to the top 10.


NetApp warmed the hearts of investors in February with quarterly revenue of $1.566B.  Not bad for a company formed 20 years ago on the back of a napkin at a bar in San Jose by three guys with the dream of revolutionizing networked storage.


March blew in with Storage Magazine product-of-the-year honors for NetApp OnCommand Insight Balance, citing “actionable management, deeper storage analysis, deeper virtual machine (VM) performance analysis and app contention analysis.”


FlexPods rained down in April, as NetApp and Cisco announced plans to extend this successful product integration with a series of new pre-validated design architectures priced and sized for smaller workloads.


May quarterly revenues sparkled like morning dew at $1.7B; smashing all prior records.  Revenue for the fiscal year was $6.23B, another record and a growth spurt of 22% over the prior year.


In June, Spring was ushered in as NetApp announced the release of Data ONTAP 8.1.1, which also ushered in the era of the agile data infrastructure, one that is Infinite, Immortal, and Intelligent.


Fireworks lit the sky in July as NetApp closed out another sparkling quarter with $1.445B in revenue.  CEO Tom Georgens remarked "We continue to deliver on multiple fronts, advancing our technology and partnerships. With our best-of-breed partnering strategy and ongoing innovation-led solutions, we enable our customers to scale their business without limits."


The dog days of August were made more comfortable for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as NetApp announced plans to double its workforce in Wichita.  Said Brownback "NetApp is ranked as one of the best companies in the world to work for, and I'm excited that the company will be strengthening its presence in Wichita with a significant expansion of operations and workforce"


September’s chill escaped NetApp as it was named to Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies.  NetApp earned this honor for the 2nd consecutive year, and continues as the only data storage company named to the list.


In October, NetApp avoided demons plaguing other tech companies by posting robust quarterly revenues of $1.541B.  CEO Tom Georgens asserted that NetApp’s success was no apparition by stating “We saw a strong uptake of NetApp® Data ONTAP® 8 and clustered Data ONTAP, as customers are looking to build agile data infrastructure environments with intelligent data management, nearly unlimited scalability, and nondisruptive operations,"


November saw NetApp roll out a new line of mid-range storage systems.  Customers gave thanks for these new systems, which provided 75% more throughput processing power than their predecessors, with pioneering enterprise-class features that made competitors red-faced in comparison.


December provided perhaps the surprise gift of the year – a partnership with Amazon Web Services in providing NetApp Private Storage. In a move that left other storage vendor’s heads shaking, NetApp, with a wink of the eye and twist of the head, exclaimed “this may be the future of storage in the making!”

This is the fourth installment of our blog series devoted to showcasing the way in which NetApp teams across the globe are giving back to their communities.

For the last three school years, NetApp RTP has been reaching out to local high schools on a personal level.  The NetApp RTP High School Alliance is an employee founded and sponsored Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program that seeks to enhance the quality of education for local high school students by offering a variety of collaborative exchange activities with our volunteers.  We focus on advancing the student’s business and engineering skill sets by exposing them to NetApp’s technologies and its culture.  What started out as a pilot with one school, a couple of activities and a few volunteers, has now grown into partnerships with two schools encompassing five activities, over 30 volunteers and 300+ hours given to the program.


[Deepak Thomas and Ron Schakel project judging the programming class at Green Hope, Oct 2010]



The first school the HS Alliance reached out to was Green Hope HS in early 2010.  The teachers were very receptive to this partnership and our relationship has been very strong.  Chris Gaw, Anthony Pluchino, and Dennis Perks are enthusiastic Green Hope teachers who are always looking to advance ideas that would supplement their student’s education, including presentations, project judging, mentoring, club advising, and a work-in-progress algorithm challenge.  Our best collaboration is the mentoring program, which is an email-based activity that pairs a volunteer with a student who is interested in technology and engineering, including an annual Meet and Greet where the students have a chance to visit onsite and meet their mentor.  We have been doing this for two years and currently mentor 15 students, a couple of whom have been with us since the program's inception.


Our first NetApp funding came as a donation to Green Hope’s cyber-security club and helping them with their registration and club activity fees.  We also help advise them when available.  This Green Hope initiative has been in a local paper twice and we are excited about the results of this effort to date, and we're excited about what the future holds!



[Our first onsite mentoring Meet and Greet event in May 2011]



The HS Alliance also has paired up with Pamela Blizzard at Research Triangle HS.  This school opened this year right down the road from NetApp and she was enthusiastic in reaching out to us.  We currently are helping tutor their students in Algebra and have had three volunteers commit an hour each week for this cause.  We are working on expanding our activities with RTHS as it grows to add grades 10-12 in the future and what NetApp can do to help its teachers and students.


The HS Alliance also collaborates with the NetApp RTP Students@work NC program sponsored by Greg Keller and Carol Hedley.


The HS Alliance would like to thank its passionate and enthusiastic volunteers for all the efforts they have made over the past few years.  The success of the program had also been possible because of the great people at Green Hope and Research Triangle HS.


[Our latest onsite mentoring meet and greet event in Dec 2012]



By Vince Green (founder, co-sponsor) and Carol Hedley (co-sponsor)

This post was originally published on Government Gurus blog.


At a recent off-site outside of Washington, the NetApp team found a different way to help people in need. Tucked away in the mountains at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va, the NetApp U.S. Public Sector team worked with Odyssey Teams, Inc. a leader in charity based philanthropic teambuilding events, to build 141 prosthetic hands for amputees, whose injuries resulted mostly from landmines or political violence in developing countries.


As the activity began, a video about a young boy who lost his arm by electrocution while he was flying his kite played across the big screen. This video presented a challenge, and NetApp stepped up to build hands for the tens of thousands of people who do not have access to prosthetics. At each table in the room of over 400 NetApp employees was an unlabeled Build-A-Hand kit. But the most important element was not included in the kit—teamwork.


As an added twist, each employee was challenged to complete the activity with a koozie on their dominant hand. Not only did losing full mobility of the hand foster empathy, it also revealed the willingness of each individual to help others to complete the prosthetic hands in the allotted time.


Bill John, President and CEO of Odyssey Teams, presented and led the activity. The goal of which was to focus on developing communication, leadership, commitment, and ultimately, service. The activity not only improved the lives of the recipients of the prosthetic hands - it was also transformative for the participating NetApp employees.


This activity reminded us about what is important to us—as individuals and as a company - and it truly highlighted the camaraderie of the NetApp U.S. Public Sector team.



Mark Weber

President, NetApp U.S. Public Sector



Find pictures of the event here

Posted by Alex McDonald


LISA ’12, a USENIX conference, is aimed at system administration practitioners and researchers. The conference is a mixture of tutorials (that’s the cheap tickets), workshops (pricier) and various hallway poster sessions and Birds-of-a-Feather meetings (which are free).

lisa12.PNGArmed with a cheap(-ish) ticket, I flew in to San Diego to attend a few of the more interesting sessions and present an NFSv4.1/pNFS BoF, of which more later.

I missed the keynote on Wednesday; The Internet of Things and Sensors and Actuators! by Vint Cerf of Google due to a short early morning meeting that turned into a long mid-morning meeting. I did manage to sneak in at the back end to a packed auditorium. It was described by one delegate I got chatting to at the end of the session as “Google’s game plan for world domination; the tech version”.

OpenStack: Leading the Open Source Cloud Revolution, Vish Ishaya, Nebula, Inc.

Vish, as one of the early developers of OpenStack while working for NASA, outline the history and some of the features of OpenStack, along with how the OpenStack Foundation is organized. An OK history lesson, the technical element was pretty light, and the demo was whizzed through at great speed. The futures part of the presentation, as can be expected from a project that seems to design everything by committee through OpenStack Summits, was very light on detail.  NetApp -- and NetApp alone -- got a mention; for our contributions to Cinder (the block storage part of the solution).

Personal opinion; I’m not sure that OpenStack is ready for the big time yet. It’s a little rough and unfinished, and the storage support layer (Swift, very similar to Amazon’s S3) seems primitive in the extreme.

Ceph: Managing a Distributed Storage System at Scale, Sage Weil, Inktank

Sage Weil presented well on the topic of Ceph, an open-source object based file system that can be implemented out of commodity parts. Inktank, which Weil runs, is the company that develops & supports Ceph, and they had a booth at the exhibition.

There was a large (if slightly sycophantic) audience for his presentation, and a great number of questions afterwards from some who had or were about to implement it. For me, it had the feel & finish of a science project; lots of cool ideas, but not much by way of enterprise readiness or commercial support. It does have its attractions though, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Ceph more widely used in the next couple of years. One to watch.

Every so often I run a Birds of a Feather at suitable conferences entitled NFSv4.1 and pNFS Ready for Prime Time Deployment BoF. It’s been an informal BoF run for quite a few years by Sorin Faibish of EMC, who has moved on to other work, so I have taken it over. The goal of the BoF is to NFSv4.1 and pNFS in an industry neutral way; each of the vendors with an NFSv4.1/pNFS server implementation, and the providers of clients – all Linux based distributions – gets a few slides to describe their product and solicit feedback from the attendees.

This year’s LISA BoF had 35 people attend it; that’s a sizable number. Doug O’Flahery of Tonian (a small Israeli development company) and I hosted the meeting and presented each fo the vendor’s solutions; EMC, NetApp, Panasas, IBM, Microsoft (yes – they have an NFS4.1 server with Windows 2012) and a number of others.

Perhaps the most important part of this is the NFS client; and many might not be aware that NetApp fund several full time Linux NFS client developers led by Trond Myklebust that have done great work over the last few years in getting an enterprise quality implementation of NFSv4.1 with pNFS ready. The major distributions of Linux are now including that work; RedHat have included support in RHEL (RedHat Enterprise Linux), SUSE are preparing to do so in SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server), and we look forward to Canonical’s Ubuntu supporting it shortly.

Feedback at the meeting was generally positive if cautious. Perhaps because of the audience that attends LISA, there was a very large and noticeable lack of understanding of the features of NFSv4.1/pNFS, and how they benefit specific application and workload use cases. More general education is required; it’s not understood as well as other technologies deployed & managed by sys admins. Security is an issue; some were concerned at the level of effort required to kerberize their environments for NFSv4.1.

However, there was much positive support for this new & improved NFS, and I look forward to 2013 and 2014 seeing increasing awareness and adoption.

This post was originally published on TomTALKS.


Hear from NetApp Vice Chairman, Tom Mendoza, on how NetApp employees are given the opportunity to give back to great causes  and their communities, making NetApp a great place to work.


Last week, NetApp held its first Bay Area Women in Business event at the Rosewood Hotel in Menlo Park, California. I had the opportunity to be one of the keynote speakers and panelists along with Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby. The event’s intimate setting allowed me to interact with my peers from some of our key customers in the area.


Rebecca delivered her keynote address first and shared how introspection and self-awareness are key to being a strong leader within an organization and that good leadership responds to the motivators for each member of the team. She also talked about the value of making personal connections with the individuals within your organization. By making connections in a personal context, you can place them within the context of the organization.


Rebecca also shared her first management experience in which she learned the difference between managing a team and leading a team. She learned that building relationships is part of life; it is a constant and you have to be conscious of it. She underscored the importance of being conscious about building relationships in communities and organizations even in the smallest of ways. Personally, I have found that spending the time to get to know people and building strong relationships have been key ingredients in my career. Relationships help to build understanding and, ultimately, trust. And when there is trust, it is easier to come together to overcome obstacles that arise.


In my keynote speech, I shared my experiences of building a personal brand in times of change. For me, this means that I focus on being a customer-facing CIO, enabling business success for both NetApp and NetApp customers. I have three key priorities in this work.


The first priority I have is to lead a world-class IT organization at NetApp. By hiring the best people and providing an innovative culture that employees want to be part of, we can ensure that we have a team that delivers results. We maximize business value through our people, process, and innovative technology.


Second, it is important for my team and for me to serve as thought leaders for our customers. In IT, we validate NetApp technology and strategy for the IT Industry by being our own most demanding customer. We use our experiences with our technology to influence product development and customer support, which allows NetApp to be a big advocate for our customers.


Finally, I strive to positively affect both our business results and customer experiences by transforming IT into a platform for business velocity.


The afternoon ended with an interactive Q&A session with customers discussing a wide range of issues, from the way to inspire and mentor women with our organization to the ways we try to achieve balance between our work lives and our personal lives.


I believe that balance is important, but to achieve balance we need to understand who we are and be honest with ourselves about our strengths, areas of opportunity, and what we like and dislike. I urge you to continue to exercise your strengths and look for challenges that will provide exposure to new areas and growth in areas of opportunity. Above all else we each need to be comfortable with our personal situation, so I also urge you to be sure to make choices that will allow you to feel good about your home and office lives.

Every Monday we bring you top stories featuring NetApp that you may have missed from the previous week. Let us know what interests you by commenting below.


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This is the third installment of our blog series devoted to showcasing the way in which NetApp teams across the globe are giving back to their communities.


Since 1994, NetApp employees have partnered with the community to fight hunger in the Bay Area. In November of this year, NetApp created a new program with 2 great organizations to do even more good for our friends and neighbors.


Two weeks before Thanksgiving, 25 NetApp employees volunteered their time at Sunnyvale Community Services and Second Harvest Food Bank for the first Volunteer Time Off (VTO) on the Go Program for these 2 organizations. NetApp has worked for a long time to make this program happen, and with the opening of the new Second Harvest Food Bank Facility on North First Street in San Jose, that program is now a reality! The purpose of this program was to give employees an insider’s view of how donated food moves through the system, from collection to sorting and then out for distribution in the community.


The first part of the Day was spent at Sunnyvale Community Services, an organization dedicated to preventing homelessness and hunger in the Sunnyvale community. Our volunteers packed 1,000 bags of Thanksgiving meals for a whopping 25,000 pounds of food! Our volunteers were a well-oiled machine and in true NetApp style, the first order of business was streamlining the assembly line process for maximum efficiency! No volunteer would leave until all 1,000 bags were packed, stacked and ready for distribution. Along with the assembly line workers, there were volunteers who helped lift box after box of supplies to keep the assembly line workers stocked with food. There were people that gathered and disassembled tons of boxes for recycle. And let’s not to forget those volunteers who lifted all 1,000 of those bags, each weighing 25 pounds, to stack, and at times, restack on the warehouse shelves. Everyone worked so hard, but in the end it was worth it. Just look how many bags we packed! And let’s not forget those who provided the cheerleading and comic relief. We’re looking at you, Paul!


SHFB Volunteer day.jpg

The second part of the day, volunteers moved over to the Second Harvest Food Bank, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in the Bay Area. The Food Bank services both the Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, so you can imagine, they help a lot of people! After volunteers enjoyed a NetApp sponsored lunch and tour of the new facility, they got right to work. Today, volunteers were needed to sort and pack fresh produce, in particular green peppers, acorn squash and butternut squash.



Volunteers packed 40 pound boxes of produce and stacked them on pallets for distribution. Once again, the well-oiled NetApp machine of volunteers packed an amazing 10,000 pounds of fresh produce for distribution. Even the food bank was amazed at how much these volunteers accomplished in such a short period of time. After all the hard work was done, employees got a real treat – to see the 32 foot refrigerated truck that NetApp donated to the Food Bank in 2010. This was a great photo op, indeed!



As if that was not great enough, these lucky volunteers got to see themselves on TV! Host Liam Mayclem of CBS 5 Eye on the Bay interviewed Gwen McDonald, Christy Jacobs, Wes Smothermon, Irina Ginshteyn and Jan Stewart from NetApp, plus Second Harvest CEO Kathy Jackson, Sunnyvale Community Services Executive Director Marie Bernard, and one of their clients for this 30 minute piece focused on Food for Bay Area Families. No pressure! Volunteers did a great job representing NetApp.


All in all, it was a great day. Along with giving back to the community and helping others in need, the most satisfying part of the event was seeing employees get excited about volunteerism. Everyone talked about how much they wanted to volunteer, but sometimes don’t know where to start. This was a great way to meet new people, make friends and talk to those who are already active in the community to learn about other opportunities to give back. It’s all about finding your passion. This event truly embodied the NetApp spirit of giving and service. Go NetApp!

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Predictions for 2013

Posted by NETAPP_360 Dec 10, 2012

By Jay Kidd, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice PresidentNetApp CTO 2013 IT Predictions .jpg


A few weeks ago at our annual partner conference NetApp Insight I made the prediction that by 2017 everyone who works in IT will have to think like a service provider. Whether you work for a company that is offering IT as a service to your customers – the set of customers who write you checks – or you work inside an enterprise, and provide IT to the company who writes your paycheck, you’re in the service provider business. And delivering IT as a service requires different thinking.


In 2013, this prediction will become more true and will drive increasingly revolutionary thinking.  On top of this people-centric change are several technology revolutions that are challenging incumbent thinking and shredding traditional best practices.


Below are a few technology predictions to look for in 2013 as we make the march towards IT as a service. I invite you to share your thoughts on what trends you see shaping the IT industry next year:


Big and Bit Players Will Jump into the All-Flash-Array Market with Both Feet

The year 2013 will be another big one for solid-state technologies. Flash will be applied broadly to accelerate a wide range of workloads, from virtualized servers and desktops to online transaction processing (OLTP) to file services. Organizations will continue to integrate the use of flash into every area of the storage architecture, from cache at the host level and in storage arrays to all- flash arrays. Next year will be a milestone year for all-flash arrays. The big storage vendors will be out in force, announcing the fruits of acquisitions or the results of homegrown initiatives. The battle will be where it always is: getting the most bang for the buck. But, as flash increases its enterprise penetration, performance alone won’t be a differentiator and questions about product and company readiness for enterprise deployments will dominate. Software integration, currently an afterthought, will bubble up to the forefront and implementation decision criteria will focus dually on performance gains and data management. Additionally, as the focus on NAND flash reaches fever pitch, other solid-state storage technologies will enter the picture.


In-Memory Computing Will Create a New Class of Transpredictive Apps

Few technologies are poised to make such a dramatic impact on the IT landscape as in-memory computing. This topic will be on the lips of CIOs around the world as more data is generated and businesses want to take action on this data to make real-time decisions. SAP® HANA will generate high interest as an example of a new class of combined OLTP/analytics platforms. Interest in NoSQL technologies will rise as customers seek lower-cost alternatives to deal with big data analysis and processing data from the ‘internet of things’.   CIOs love the concept of being able to integrate transaction and decision support platforms that have traditionally been very distinct.


Thirty Percent of Organizations Will Move Some Part of Their Enterprise Application Portfolio to the Cloud

The new reality of constrained IT budgets will increase cloud service usage. More than 30% of organizations will move at least one more enterprise data center workload to the cloud as well as deploy cloud services even more broadly for disaster recovery, backup, or archive. Partnerships between enterprise storage and hyperscalar cloud service providers will increase in 2013 to help customers take advantage of cloud compute, but still retain ownership of their enterprise storage. Enterprises will no longer need to compromise between the security, resiliency, and availability of an on-premise implementation and the scalability and flexible economics of cloud services.


There Will Be a Double Standard in Hypervisors

In 2013, customers will have more choices for their virtualized-environment hypervisors. In most cases, customers will operate more than one hypervisor, with Microsoft® Hyper-V gaining a stronger foothold in the enterprise market. The emergence of Hyper-V will be driven by the anticipated penetration of Windows Server® 2012 in private cloud implementations. In 2013, we’ll also see open source alternatives, including CloudStack and OpenStack, come to the forefront for large-scale cloud orchestration.


Clustered Storage Will Drive Efficiency in Storage Operations

Unplanned downtime has never been tolerated, but planned downtime has been an unavoidable reality. As clustered storage gains a foothold in the enterprise and more organizations embrace the notion of an agile data infrastructure, the idea of 100% uptime and the elimination of planned downtime will be realities. As a result, you’ll see a lot more smiling IT professionals with their families on weekends instead of at work doing data migrations.


Converged Infrastructures Will Replace Single-Vendor Stack Models

Next year will be the year that more enterprises turn to the flexibility of converged infrastructure models to enable rapid innovation. Vendor-exclusive stacks will continue to lose share to best-in-class converged infrastructures with prevalidated components and clear deployment guidance. The year 2013 will be a break-out year for the FlexPod® data center platform from Cisco and NetApp as organizations look to spend less energy to integrate their infrastructure.


The “Software-Defined Infrastructure” Will Become Tangible

Virtualized servers, clustered storage, and software-defined networks will converge into a blueprint for agility at scale in the data center. The year 2013 will be one of education, with customers coming to understand the benefits of software-defined compute, networking, and storage in anticipation of deployment as the operational models mature.


Three Will Fail and Thirty Will Start

Three storage startups will fail as their technologies are deemed obsolete given the rapid pace of storage innovation.. In their place, 30 companies will start up or come out of stealth mode. The pace of technology change will continue to be so rapid that being first to market may be a liability for companies that bet early on the wrong trend.


Enterprise Alternatives to Public Drop Boxes Will Gain Traction

Alternatives will emerge to offer “in-place” access to enterprise data, which will affect adoption of offerings from consume “box startups.” These in-place access solutions will provide enterprises with the security and control of the data they demand while meeting their end users’ mobile access and collaboration needs.


Object Storage Will Be in the Enterprise

In 2013 we will see the start of large-scale growth in object storage. The massive growth in the Internet of things (smart devices, remote sensors) and of mobile devices will lead to strong growth in object storage. Additionally object storage strength in the consumer cloud will begin to cross over to the enterprise.


The PaaS Shootout Will Lead to Vendor Cooperation and Openness

The cold war between PaaS platform vendors (OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and so on) will escalate. No clear winner will emerge in 2013. This will lead to more open compatibility between PaaS stacks toward the second half of the year (cross-compatibility between Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, CloudStack, and so on).




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Every Monday we bring you top stories featuring NetApp that you may have missed from the previous week. Let us know what interests you by commenting below.


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