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NetApp Announces Installation Accreditation

  • 01 November, 2007 11:21

<p>New Initiative Provides More Access to Service Opportunities for VIP Partners.</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia –1 November 2007 – Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced it is strengthening its commitment to provide more service opportunities for NetApp® VIP program partners with a new Installation Accreditation initiative. Partners now have the opportunity to sell NetApp installation services independently or sell and deliver these services utilising NetApp best practices. This approach encourages partners to maximise service opportunities and profitability with their customers across the NetApp product and solutions portfolio.</p>
<p>The Installation Accreditation initiative provides partners with a defined Web-based training path as well as access to proven methodologies and best practices at no charge. Upon completing the training path, accredited partners can offer value-added services that strengthen customer relationships and increase revenue opportunities.</p>
<p>As an added benefit, NetApp partners can also easily use this methodology, available completely online, to quickly train new personnel and streamline their sales operations. The standard installation service delivery phased approach includes the installation, configuration, and verification of one or more systems, in a standalone or cluster configuration, using NFS, CIFS, iSCSI, or FCP protocols.</p>
<p>“The NetApp Installation Accreditation was a worthwhile learning experience. The challenge many engineers face when attending training is dedicating the large blocks of time. With the web-based training of the Installation Accreditation, you can complete the course at your own pace,” said Jim Green, Systems Engineer at Insight Integrated Systems.</p>
<p>“I realised the real world benefits even before I was finished with the courses. The program is beneficial for entry level new hires, as well as professionals looking to fill gaps in knowledge.”</p>
<p>“At the end of the day, our partner community wants to deliver services around our products and solutions for their customers,” said Leonard Iventosch, vice president of Global Channels at NetApp. “The single most important benefit we can offer partners is an opportunity to distinguish themselves from their competition and to enable them to simply and effectively get more engaged with customers.”</p>
<p>For more information on the NetApp Installation Accreditation program, please visit Partners must be members in good standing of the NetApp VIP program to qualify.</p>
<p>About NGS</p>
<p>NetApp customers demand high availability and reliability of their storage infrastructure to provide the successful, ongoing operation of their businesses. NetApp Global Services (NGS) is designed to deliver support as well as a comprehensive range of professional services leveraging NetApp expertise in architecture and design, project management, solution implementation and analysis, network integration, training, best practices, standard operating procedures, and ongoing optimization.</p>
<p>NGS continually expands and accelerates its professional service and support offerings, including enhancing its worldwide delivery capabilities and partner ecosystem, expanding storage service portfolios, deepening and broadening storage services partnerships, innovating service delivery tools and technology, and continuing to drive serviceability in NGS products and services.</p>
<p>About Network Appliance</p>
<p>Network Appliance is a leading provider of innovative data management solutions that simplify the complexities of storing, managing, protecting, and retaining enterprise data. Market leaders around the world choose NetApp to help them reduce cost, minimise risk, and adapt to change. For solutions that deliver unmatched simplicity and value, visit us on the Web at</p>
<p>NetApp and the Network Appliance logo are registered trademarks and Network Appliance is a trademark of Network Appliance, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.</p>
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