NetApp of US comes calling to India
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NetApp of US comes calling to India

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 24 September 2003, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: The California-based Network Appliance (NetApp) has set up a development centre in Bangalore, the first outside the US.

According to its founder & executive vice-president Dave Hitz, the centre is a multi-functional facility to programme systems and develop high-end technical support.

The $892m NetApp builds appliances — network-based hardware devices designed to perform either a single or specalised set of server functions — that help corporates store and serve data. Mr Hitz said India will be a part of four other high-end support centres that NetApps has across the globe.

The Indian centre will be responsible for the future software enhancements of NetCache — a product line which improves content delivery by storing content closer to end users, thereby eliminating network and server bottlenecks. Hardware for this product will be developed at Sunnyvale.

Besides the obvious cost advantage, the decision to move NetCache’s entire software engineering activity may be attributed to the India’s talent pool that India offers. NetApp is investing Rs 75 crore in its Indian operations and is expected to grow its headcount to around 200 by end ‘05. Mr Hitz said the line between SAN (storage area network) and NAS (network attached storage) has blurred, with corporates incorporating both these storage technologies.

NetApp, which earlier backed NAS technology, has developed a storage product line that works with both these technologies. Going forward, all the company’s storage offerings will be both NAS and SAN compatible, he added. (Source: Economic Times)



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