Fortune Names NetApp 6th Best Place to Work

NetApp recently received two major awards with one theme: NetApp is a great place to work. FORTUNE Magazine ranked NetApp sixth on their “100 Best Companies to Work For” list of American companies for 2013. This comes on the heels of another major recognition – the Great Places to Work® Institute recently named NetApp the 3rd best workplace in the world.

“This recognition from FORTUNE magazine is all about our employees, who bring a passion and an energy to work that creates an environment where innovation thrives,” said Tom Georgens, president and CEO of NetApp. “Building the best team in the industry and creating a culture that inspires employees is a key component of NetApp’s business strategy. It directly contributes to driving growth and success for us, and for our customers and partners.”

The award marks the fifth straight year that NetApp has ranked in the top ten. The list is created from a survey of more than 259 companies with responses from more than 277,000 employees and is “the most extensive corporate survey in the country,” according to FORTUNE Magazine. The survey considered several factors, including, management credibility, camaraderie, job satisfaction and corporate culture.

“There is a ton of emphasis placed on leadership, trust, integrity, teamwork, synergy and giving back,” explained Sandy Wallace, a NetApp sales representative, “We lead with our hearts but also with an urgency to get things done. We are accountable and respectful all at the same time. I love it here.”

The Great Places to Work institute (who partnered with FORTUNE Magazine on the survey) believes that investing in an excellent workplace does more than keep employees happy, it leads to better innovation, higher productivity, more loyal customers and, ultimately, greater profits. When you listen to praise from employees like Sandy Wallace, it’s easy to see why.

Source: NetApp

NetApp #1 Storage Provider for U.S. Government

From 2009 to 2011, NetApp was the leading vendor of information storage solutions for the federal government, according to a study by GovWin Consulting. In the fiscal year 2011 NetApp held 41.2 percent of the market share, beating competitors by a 12 percent margin.

“NetApp has been committed to its customers in the federal market for 20 years,” said Mark Weber, president of NetApp’s U.S. Public Sector unit. “Both defense and civilian agencies are seeing a substantial increase in the volume of storage they need. When you add big data, cloud computing, mobility, and virtualization into the networking mix, the demand for capacity is only going to continue to grow.”

As the federal market has grown, so has NetApp’s market share. Again, looking at 2011 statistics, GovWin estimated that federal entities (that report spending data) spent approximately $1 billion on data storage services. NetApp’s share of the market saw an annual growth rate of 33.6 percent during the time of the study, their nearest competitor, EMC, grew at 19 percent.

According to Pierre Bernasconi of GovWin Consulting, the ever-shifting federal market provides unique challenges: On the one hand, there are restrictions on federal budgets these days, on the other hand, efforts like a cloud computing mandate and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative are providing opportunities for companies like NetApp.

“We have strong relationships with all of our federal customers, rooted in NetApp’s game-changing and innovative products and services that will enable them to unleash the power of their data,” Weber explained. If history is anything to go by, NetApp should continue to be a leading provider of data solutions for the U.S. Government in the years to come.

Source: NetApp

NetApp Successfully Hosts Super Bowl XLVII

If you think hosting a Superbowl party is a lot of work, imagine hosting all of the game-day data needs – from camera crews and satellite uplinks to game statistics and player information – for the most watched television event of the year. This year, that job was in the hands of NetApp.

“We are excited to team with NetApp to enhance our technology platform at the Super Bowl and beyond to help deliver the best experience for our fans, our broadcast partners, and the media,” said Michelle McKenna, NFL senior vice president and chief information officer.

Delivering that experience to football fans and Beyonce enthusiasts alike required seamlessly coordinating the Super Bowl XLVII Media Center (game statistics, player information, multimedia, etc.), the NFL Headquarters Hotel (source of data replication for centers in Los Angeles and New York City) and the NFL Broadcast Compound (camera crews, technical equipment, satellite uplinks, etc.). Not to mention, they made sure all of that data was delivered safely and securely every step of the way.

NetApp’s partnership with the NFL will continue beyond this year’s Super Bowl. They will also provide data solutions for upcoming Super Bowls and for all 32 NFL teams throughout the season.

“Our relationship with the NFL demonstrates the importance of data storage to key brands that can ill afford to take risks with their mission-critical operations,” said Amy Love, vice president of brand and communications at NetApp. “The NFL has to manage challenges similar to those of many enterprise businesses—reliability, data protection, agility, and efficiency. NetApp brings capabilities to the NFL that will help accelerate its business operations and drive success, because we do it every day for our customers.”

Although NetApp couldn’t help you tell the Harbaugh brothers apart or improve your rendition of “Crazy in Love,” for Super Bowl XLVII they took care of just about everything else.

Source: NetApp