NetApp at 20: 'Nice Little File Server Company' Grows Into $6B Storage Giant

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-08
 
 
 

1992: Hitz Parade Begins

NetApp founder Dave Hitz writes the first storage operating system with the Write Anywhere File Layout (WAFL), improving storage performance and efficiency.

1992: Hitz Parade Begins

1993: First NAS Appliance Boots Up

NetApp launches the first network-attached storage appliance, the FAServer 400, which provides shared file storage and simplified data management.

1993: First NAS Appliance Boots Up

1993: SnapShot Data Protection

NetApp pioneers the industry's storage efficiency technology with Snapshot, the first and only disk space saving, no-performance-impact data protection technology. Over the next 14 years, NetApp adds new features to the storage efficiency catalog with the industry's first virtual writable copies with FlexClone, followed by the first deduplication system on primary storage in 2007.

1993: SnapShot Data Protection

1995: NetApp Goes Public

NetApp goes public in 1995, and four years later, the company was added to the Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500. In 2001, NetApp sales hit $1 billion in sales, and 11 years later, NetApp hit $6.2 billion in sales. In 2012, NetApp debuted on the Fortune 500 list at No. 474.

1995: NetApp Goes Public

2002: First Unified Storage System

NetApp pioneers the world's first unified storage platform. Over the years, NetApp has innovated in storage efficiency, processes, data management and data protection as well as enterprise and midsize business customer segments.

2002: First Unified Storage System

2003: Virtualization Crosses Vendor Barriers

NetApp virtualizes other vendors' storage arrays, enabling the company's Data ONTAP efficiencies and data protection in its V Series arrays.  The offering provided the first data management features for other storage vendors. The V-Series product line is unique in its ability to unify storage array products from Hitachi, HP, IBM, Fujitsu and EMC.

2003: Virtualization Crosses Vendor Barriers

2008:  Less Storage-Capacity-Used Guarantee

NetApp is the first in the industry to offer customers a guarantee that they will use 50 percent less storage in their virtual server/desktop environments with NetApp, compared with traditional storage, or NetApp will provide additional capacity at no charge.

2008:  Less Storage-Capacity-Used Guarantee

2011: An Innovative Company

NetApp is named one of the world's most innovative companies by Forbes magazine as one of the few major storage vendors to make the list at No. 34.

2011: An Innovative Company

2009: Best Company to Work For in the World

NetApp is ranked No. 1 on the Fortune "Best Companies to Work For" list.  2012 marked the sixth consecutive year the company was ranked in the top 15. NetApp was also named the No. 3 best place to work on the Great Places to Work Institute's first annual "Top 25 Global Places to Work" list for 2011.

2009: Best Company to Work For in the World

2012: NetApp Steps Up Move to the Cloud

NetApp's FlexPod data center platform, which includes NetApp unified storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System servers and Cisco Nexus switches, is accelerating the transition to the cloud for more than 850 customers in nearly 33 countries globally to date. FlexPod is designed from the ground up as a channel sale.

2012: NetApp Steps Up Move to the Cloud

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