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969653_10151245492777614_2119221459_n.jpgThe word innovation conveys different things at different companies. At NetApp, it holds a special meaning. We use it to celebrate those who saw an opportunity, who had the courage and the will to do something different.

 

Last night, NetApp honored its innovative customers at the 9th Annual Innovation Awards program in a distinguished awards ceremony at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The event gave NetApp the opportunity to shine a light on our most innovative customers around the world, including organizations in Italy, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

 

These customers have achieved IT agility and are taking their businesses in new and exciting directions. With the NetApp Data ONTAP architecture, the world’s #1 branded storage operating system,* these customers have been able to innovate and take advantage of disruptive technology trends like the cloud, to drive agility throughout their organizations. The result is the ability to respond quickly to business and situational changes and remove IT constraints.

 

Each winner, in its own unique way, is an example of what’s possible when you combine innovation with the power of IT.

 

9029523173_256c24ff6e_n.jpg2013 NetApp Innovation Award Winners:

 

Pioneer

Sauber Motorsport AG

Sauber Motorsport AG uses FlexPod solution to analyze a large amount of data enabling real-time decisions.

 

Go Beyond

Kommunale Informationsverarbeitung Baden-Franken (KIVBF)

KIVBF built a community cloud offering, to provide self-service, pay-per-use IT services.

 

Visionary Leadership

DP World’s London Gateway (nominated by NetApp partner Dimension Data)

DP World took a forward thinking approach by automating its ultramodern shipping terminal with FlexPod.

 

Innovator of the Year—Americas

Turner Studios

Turner Studios built a digital management system that can produce and share content to multiple platforms within seconds.

 

9029511549_8e718c73a4_n.jpgInnovator of the Year—APAC

SoftBank Telecom Corp

SoftBank Telecom Corp used cloud storage to help a nation in need and quickly respond to the unprecedented tsunami disaster in Japan.

 

Innovator of the Year—EMEA

Chiesi Group

Chiesi Group has seen efficiency gains from its private cloud to accelerate testing and validation to get new products to market faster.

 

Innovator of the Year—USPS

The IlliniCloud (nominated by NetApp partner CDW)

IlliniCloud gives K-12 school districts in Illinois access to state-of-the-art IT resources.

 

Businesses built on NetApp go further, faster. Like their predecessors the winners of this year’s NetApp Innovation Awards bring these words to life in ways that are as unique as their tremendous accomplishments.

 

Historically, winners of the Innovation Awards have demonstrated creativity and thought leadership in storage best practices. Alumni winners and finalists, such as Taylor Morrison and Iowa Workforce Development, are great examples of these traits using innovative ways to improve business operations with IT infrastructure.

 

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) decreased costs and continued to support the communities it serves to run public-facing virtual desktops across the state from a centralized NetApp storage platform. This innovative approach to delivering workforce services has enabled the IWD to provide services to a greater number of communities even though budget cuts forced the elimination of the majority of its physical offices.

 

Taylor Morrison, a private homebuilder company in North America that offers first-time midmarket and mid-to-upscale housing in both master-planned communities and urban infill neighborhoods, consolidated its storage infrastructure and extended its virtualization capabilities, to better protect assets and business applications. Now Taylor Morrison is achieving efficiencies through NetApp deduplication, seeing as much as 60% storage reduction and saving approximately $65,000 annually in storage costs.

 

Congratulations to all the winners. We applaud you for your ingenuity. And we thank you for joining us on our journey to push the boundaries of possibility.

 

View all the images captured at last night's spectacular event here:

 

*Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker Q4 2012, March 2013 (Open Networked Disk Storage Systems revenue)

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