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Rackable Systems and NetApp Partner to Offer Storage for Customized Data Center Solutions


- Rackable Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: RACK), a leading provider of servers and storage products for large-scale data centers, today announced a partnership with NetApp to offer customers best-of-breed server and storage solutions for enterprise environments. Under terms of the agreement, Rackable Systems is joining NetApp’s Embedded Systems Vendor Program and will integrate NetApp® storage into Rackable Systems’ built-to-order Eco-Logical™ data center server and infrastructure offerings.

Together, Rackable Systems’ energy-efficient, high-performance servers, bundled with NetApp’s storage solutions, will deliver industry-leading performance, scalability, density and manageability to customers in key industries, including the enterprise, oil and gas, financial services and government sectors. NetApp’s complete line of storage solutions, including the FAS series, will address the needs of customers seeking high storage utilization and thin provisioning. The new NetApp offerings will also be available in Rackable Systems’ customizable ICE Cube™ modular data center.

“Today’s data center customers continually seek next generation server and storage technologies that incorporate the benefits of high availability, energy efficiency and increased resource utilization,” said Brad Nisbet, program manager, IDC Storage Systems. “With server virtualization at the core of many data center strategies, the partnership with NetApp enables Rackable Systems to provide powerful IT solutions that encompass both server and storage elements, leveraging NetApp’s advancements in data management, multi-protocol connectivity and storage virtualization technologies.”

As a member of the NetApp Embedded Systems Vendor Program, Rackable Systems will participate in joint marketing activities, receive technical support and coordinate sales activities with NetApp’s extensive global sales force. Rackable Systems will also join the NetApp Partner Program, which includes access to a broad range of planning, development and marketing opportunities that accelerate business results.

“The NetApp Partner Program is designed to bring together innovative and integrated technologies to better enable customer success,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of solutions marketing at NetApp. “This is exactly what Rackable Systems brings to the partnership, helping NetApp customers easily deploy and grow their data center.”

“Our partnership with NetApp is a natural fit and is in line with our goal of bringing best-of-breed technologies together into an integrated solution to address the emerging space, power and performance needs of our customers,” said Tony Carrozza, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Rackable Systems. “Partnering with industry leaders like NetApp allows us to further extend our built-to-order capabilities, expand our global business and offer the most innovative, customizable server and storage solutions on the market.”

Rackable Systems’ data center solutions including NetApp’s FAS series will be available immediately worldwide via its direct sales and channel partners. For information about specific configurations and pricing, please visit Rackable Systems at

Note, Rackable Systems’ Eco-Logical data center solutions, including NetApp’s FAS series, will be on display at Rackable Systems’ Booth #122 at VMworld 2008, taking place September 15-18 at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas.


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