Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Storage support growth

I saw an interesting article today written by Chris Mellor in which he speculates on why NetApp’s market share may be declining.

Firstly, NetApp has slipped from second to third place in the rankings compared to the previous quarter. It had a 13.5 per cent share then but has only 12.8 per cent now; whereas IBM, with whom it has changed places, has grown from a 12.2 per cent share to a 13.7 per cent one.

It is not a significant change as yet, but as the article explains it is an interesting one. Coincidentally, Zerowait is experiencing a significant increase in our NetApp support service and support contracts and many of our new customers are turning away from NetApp support and upgrades because they don’t see the value add in NetApp’s forced upgrades anymore.

As the overall macro economy continues to wobble, we see more and more customers looking to conserve cash. Zerowait provides two easy ways for NetApp’s customers to conserve their IT budget dollars.

First Zerowait’s NetApp support provides our customers a simple way to get continued value out of their aging high availability storage assets. We are still supporting NetApp systems that are over 10 years old and they are still serving data reliably.

Second – Zerowait’s SimplStor product line is being embraced by more and more of our NetApp customers as a complementary and fiscally responsible way to store lower tier data. Many of our customers are keeping tier one data on their NetApp infrastructure but putting tier two and beyond on our SimplStor products.

If you are looking for an alternative to NetApp’s high priced storage products, licenses, and support why not give one of our offices a call to discuss your storage issues and infrastructure. Zerowait’s reliable and affordable alternative solutions have been embraced by companies around the world.

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