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    Check Point Introduces Software-defined Protection Security

    28 May, 2014

    Check Point® Software Technologies, the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, has introduced Software-defined Protection (SDP), a revolutionary security architecture that can protect organizations in today’s fast-evolving IT and threat landscape.

    Software-defined Protection offers modern security today that can effectively protect against tomorrow’s threats, through a design that is modular, agile and most importantly, secure.

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    Check Point introduces Software-defined Protection Security architecture

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Check Point Software Technologies, the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, has introduced Software-defined Protection (SDP) -- a revolutionary security architecture that can protect organisations in today’s fast-evolving IT and threat landscape.

    Software-defined Protection offers modern security today that can effectively protect against tomorrow’s threats, through a design that is modular, agile and, most importantly, secure.

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    Check Point introduces new software security architecture

    Wednesday, 11 June 2014

    A LEADER in Internet security, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd has introduced Software-defined Protection (SDP), a security architecture that can protect organizations in today’s fast-evolving IT and threat landscape. 

    CheckPoint said Software-Defined Protection (SDP) offers modern security today that can effectively protect against tomorrow’s threats, through a design that is modular, agile and most importantly, secure.

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    Check Point releases software-defined protection security architecture

    June 12, 2014

    Check Point Software Technologies Limited, the worldwide leader in securing the internet, says it has introduced Software-defined Protection (SDP), a revolutionary security architecture that can protect organisation in today’s fast-evolving IT and threat landscape. Software-defined Protection offers modern security today that can effectively protect against tomorrow’s threats, through a design that is modular, agile and most importantly, secure.

    SDP is a three-layer security architecture comprised of enforcement, control and management layers. This framework decouples the control layer from the enforcement layer, enabling robust and highly-reliable enforcement points that obtain real-time protection updates from a software-based control layer. SDP converts threat intelligence into immediate protections and is managed by a modular and open management structure.

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    Check Point introduces SDP security architecture

    June 01, 2014

    Check Point Software Technologies Limited , the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, has introduced Software-defined Protection (SDP), a revolutionary security architecture that can protect organizations in today’s fast-evolving IT and threat landscape.Software-defined Protection offers modern security today that can effectively protect against tomorrow’s threats, through a design that is modular, agile and most importantly, secure.

    SDP is a three-layer security architecture comprised of enforcement, control and management layers. This framework decouples the control  layer from the enforcement layer, enabling robust and highly-reliable enforcement points that obtain real-time protection updates from a software-based control layer. SDP converts threat intelligence into immediate protections and is managed by a modular and open management structure.

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    Checkpoint unveils software-defined protection

    By Emmanuel Okwuke

    Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd., a leader in securing the Internet, today introduced Software-defined Protection (SDP), a revolutionary security architecture that can protect organizations in today’s fast-evolving IT and threat landscape. Software-defined Protection offers modern security that can effectively protect against tomorrow’s threats, through a design that is modular, agile and most importantly, secure.

    SDP is a three-layer security architecture comprised of enforcement, control and management layers. This framework decouples the control layer from the enforcement layer, enabling robust and highly-reliable enforcement points that obtain real-time protection updates from a software-based control layer. SDP converts threat intelligence into immediate protections and is managed by a modular and open management structure.

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    FireEye Calls for Intel to Ward off Attackers

    By peter ugwu, 15 May, 2014

    FireEye has called on individuals and organizations to gain insight and actionable intelligence to enable rapid detection and response against advanced threats.

    The Company warned that there are no air raid sirens for cyber attacks as advanced attackers operate undetected in organizations' networks on average 229 days.

    - See more at: http://nigeriacommunicationsweek.com.ng/e-business/fireeye-calls-for-intel-to-ward-off-attackers#sthash.d5kKupPA.dpuf

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    DataGroup IT Eyes 50% of Storage, Data Management Market

    Mon, 2014-02-10

    DataGroup IT, a company specialized in the distribution of leading-edge IT products in the African market, said it targets over 50% market share of Storage and data management market in Nigeria and Africa in general within the next three years.

    DataGroup IT (DGIT), a leading IT Distributor in Africa specializes in 2 major segments, IT security and Data management has recently signed a Pan African distribution agreement with HITACHI, the world leading manufacturer for storage and data management solutions.

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    SafeNet, DataGroupIT Harp on Security Features in Big Dat

    By Emma Okonji, 05 Dec 2013

    Moved by the need to address explosive growth in big data as well as the security breaches that are associated with big data growth, DataGroupIT and SafeNet recently organised the SafeNet PCI-DSS compliance customer seminar in Lagos, tagged ‘Compliance Checkbox for Data Security and Encryption’.

    The seminar, which addressed the increasing pressure faced by Information Technology (IT) managers in tackling the challenges of explosive data growth in organisations, proffered new solutions on how to reduce operating costs and increase administrative productivity in the face of big data growth.

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    How SafeNet can offer transparent data security for banks

    December 4, 2013

    Explosive growth in data, accelerating trends in virtualisation and multi-tenecy, increasingly sophisticated information security breaches, more stringent government regulations, and increasing data life cycle are creating new storage challenges for banks. This is even as the pressure to reduce operating costs and increases administrative productivity continues.

    Speaking with BusinessDay in Lagos, Sebastien Pavie, regional sales director, MEA, SafeNet, said many departments in banks and other large corporations are increasingly tasked with securing their intellectual property and digital assets without hindering data accessibility. So, are you looking for a solution that works with authorised virus scanners to further ensure safety of systems accessing encrypted data?

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    DataGroupIT, SafeNet preach data protection

    Written by Adeyemi Adepetun, 4.12.2013

    AGAINST the backdrop of increasing security breaches due to porous infrastructure, Data Protection Company, SafeNet in collaboration with DataGroupIT have called for measures that will help organisations protect sensitive data.

    Raising this concern at the just concluded Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) customer seminar held in Lagos, SafeNet said PCI DSS was a proprietary information security standard for organisations that handle cardholder information for the major debit, credit, prepaid, e-purse, ATM, and POS cards.

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    SafeNet offers solution to storage challenges in banks

    By Emmanuel Okwuke

    Many departments in banks and other large corporations are increasingly faced the challenge of securing their intellectual property and digital assets without hindering data accessibility.

    This is as a result of growth in data, newtrends in virtualisation, sophisticated information security breaches, more stringent government regulations, and increasing data life cycle are creating new storage challenges for banks.

    Regional Sales Director, Middle East and Africa (MEA), SafeNet, Sebastien Pavie, stated this in Lagos recently in a chat with news men.

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    Email users warned of threats

    Published on 31 October 2013

    Internet users need to be more cautious about the growing threats posed by unsolicited malicious emails designed to steal users’ sensitive information, a cyber-security expert, Kunle Nubi, has warned.

    These unsolicited emails, according to him, come with interesting offers that usually require the receiver to click on a link to be able to access them.

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    Check Point eyes Ghanaian market

    Posted by kofi in Technology on October 30, 2013

    Worldwide leader in internet security solutions, Check Point Software Technologies, is making a move into Ghana’s relatively dormant but potentially large market.

    The company organized a day’s customer workshop in Accra, on October 23, to educate the public on cyber threats and the need for protection.

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    CommVault Partners DataGroupIT on Data Management

    25 Jul 2013

    CommVault, a data solution storage provider is partnering DataGroupIT to provide efficient, reliable and cost effective data storage solution to Nigerian businesses.

    Country Manager Nigeria & Ghana, DataGroupIT; Mr. Victor Ajua, who announced the partnership at an event  in Lagos recently, said the event was organised to emphasis the importance of data backup among Nigerian clients.

    "If you ask any customer the most important thing they value most in an organisation, he will tell you it is the management of data or data integrity. This is because anything else can be replaced but not the data. They can replace the building, the people, the infrastructure but they cannot replace data. So they have to manage their data knowing how critical it is to the business".

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    CommVault partners DataGroupIT on efficient data management

    JULY 22, 2013

    Data solution storage provider, CommVault, is partnering with DataGroupIT to provide efficient, reliable and cost-effective data storage solution to Nigerian businesses.

    This was made known by the Country Manager Nigeria and Ghana, DataGroupIT, Mr. Victor Ajua, on the sidelines of an event organised for customers of DataGroupIT in Lagos on Thursday.

    He said backing up data had become a serious issue among most clients in Nigeria, hence the need to create the required awareness.

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    New revenue window for Nigerian IT firms seen in ‘Cloud’ Technology

    18 January 2013

    Private and public sector concerns are increasingly adopting cloud computing services to cut down Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) on Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and in the same stroke, improve business flexibility and hasten time to market.

    The companies moving in this direction include banks, telecommunications firms, small and medium businesses, and even government and pharmaceutical firms.

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    NetApp tops vendors serving U.S gov information storage needs

    December 19, 2012

    After thorough analysis of federal procurement data ranging from 2009 to 2011,  GovWin Consulting, the management consulting division of Deltek, has identified NetApp as the top vendor serving the U.S. federal government’s information storage needs.

    The study further revealed that NetApp held a 41.2% market share in FY 2011 even as as in overall, the top five vendors represent 86% of the federal market, with NetApp  leading its competitors by more than 12%.

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  • NetApp, DataGroupIT take technology summit to Abuja

    Bayelsa State News, 7.11.2012

    TODAY in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, leading storage company, NetApp and DataGroupIT is hosting the public sector to a one-day technology summit.

    With the theme, ‘Public Sector IT Summit 2012”,  NetApp said it will focus on the importance of data and its exploitation in the public sector, and will present an opportunity for the company to showcase its storage solutions.

    The summit will include seminars on storage solutions and agile data infrastructure, which optimises data management at scale and enable immediate respond to organisational opportunities as well as capture and examine rich video for improved decision making.

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    CheckPoint seeks better online security for Nigerian businesses

    07 November 2012

    WITH Nigeria’s business community exposed to sophisticated cyber attacks due to increasing bandwidth capacity on the shores, the need for improved security presence for online businesses in the country has become highly imperative.

    This was the submission of the Technical Manager for CheckPoint Software Technologies, Justice Anyai, in an interview with The Guardian, where he stressed those businesses must be protected from online predators, which daily searched for preys.

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    NetApp simplifies management of network infrastructure

    BUSINESSDAY, 6.11.2012

    NetApp, an Information Technology firm is helping corporate organisations manage their environment, infrastructure and network in order to improve savings both in their storage and back up management, said Victor Ajua, Country Manager, DataGroupIT recently in Lagos at an event organised with NetApp for stakeholders in the Oil and Gas Sector. 

    The event tagged “Managing Data Growth in Upstream Oil and Gas IT” saw participants from major companies in the oil and gas sector of the economy.  The event, according to Ajua was mainly for NetApp customers in the energy sector, it was organised to show the latest technology on the NetApp platform. He noted that customers that attended the event cut across all the oil companies: Shell, Agip, Addax, Exxon Mobil etc, which are all NetApp customers.

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    Business Operations Run Faster and Scale Further on New NetApp Midrange Storage Platforms

    IT Web Africa 6.11.2012

    Balancing the data infrastructure realities of today with the growth promise of tomorrow, NetApp today updated its FAS midrange storage systems with the introduction of the FAS3220 and FAS3250. The new systems deliver a superior mix of industry-leading performance, capacity scaling, and value to create an infrastructure foundation that accelerates business growth.

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    Business operations run faster on new NetApp Midrange Storage Platforms

    BIZTECH AFRICA, 6.11.2012

    Balancing the data infrastructure realities of today with the growth promise of tomorrow, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today updated its FAS midrange storage systems with the introduction of the FAS3220 and FAS3250. The new systems deliver a superior mix of industry-leading performance, capacity scaling, and value to create an infrastructure foundation that accelerates business growth.

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    The federal government focuses on extending broadband

    OXFORD BUSINESS GROUP, November 2012

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    Why Nigeria needs greater online security awareness – CheckPoint exec

    Tuesday, 23 October

    With Nigeria’s business community exposed to sophisticated cyber attacks due to increasing bandwidth capacity on our shores, Justice Anyai, technical manager for Check Point Software Technologies in this interview with BusinessDay, talks about the firm’s methodology for addressing any online security issues. He says Checkpoint’s approach redefines security as a three-dimensional business process that combines policies, people and enforcement for stronger protection.

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    Telecoms summit harps on subscribers’ right to quality service

    DAILY INDEPENDENT, 2.10.2012

    The poor quality of service being experienced by consumers of telecommunications services nationwide reverberated at the weekend at the First National Telecoms Subscriber Summit organized by the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOZC MS).

    In his welcome address, Mr. Deolu Ogunbanjo highlighted the challenges of telecoms subscribers and challenged telecoms operators and the consumer protection agencies to use the opportunity presented by the summit, to address the problems in the industry.

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    NetApp harps on efficient data management to sustain cashless drive

    BUSINESSDAY, 27.9.2012

    Information Technology (IT) experts say one of the fundamental challenges that faces Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Cashless initiative is the issue of data management.

    According to them, financial institutions and electronic payment providers would need to adopt efficient storage technologies that are highly secure to cope with the massive growth of customer data. Speaking at a world-class technology summit in Lagos, organised by NetApp and its exclusive distributor in West Africa, DataGroupIT, Rex Mafiana, district manager, NetApp West Africa, pointed out that there is an explosion of data.

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  • Global data growth rate to hit 35 zettabytes by 2020 – NetApp Tech

    September 25th, 2012

    By Emmanuel Okwuke, Senior IT Correspondent

    “The estimated size of the digital universe in 2020 will be 35 zettabytes as the data growth rate is 50% every year. 30 million content pieces are uploaded to Facebook every month, 5 billion smartphones create and store content. The big data has become a big issue all over the world now because if something is growing exponentially over a period of time, it will soon become very big”. According to him, “the West African organizations are not exempt; they need to make hay while the sun shines”.

    This was the submission of District Manager, NetApp West Africa, Rex Mafiana, at the world-class NetApp Technology Summit, the annual premium showcase for IT Technological Solutions that was dedicated this year to the Big Data challenges. The conference which held in Lagos, was organised by NetApp and DataGroupIT, NetApp’s exclusive distributor in West Africa.

    Senior Executives from DataGroupIT, NetApp, Cisco, SafeNet, SAP, VMWare, CBC amongst others introduced the challenges and solutions for the Big Data era to more than 500 participants. The event included appearances from other top IT companies such as BDPR, BMC, Business Connexion, Computer Warehouse Group, Fast Lane, Landmark, Resourcery and Weco Systems International.

    Mafiana said: “Today Nigerian and West African organizations find their websites linked to twitter and Facebook, the millions of tiny data generated by these associations also yield another form of big data which can be harnessed for competitive advantage, this is what this event in Lagos, Nigeria is about – giving the sub-region’s businesses a heads-up, we need to be prepared in order not to be overtaken” and NetApp can bring extreme value in this regard.

    “Companies are realizing that all the data they have collected as part of their business operations and all the new Big Data they are collecting now can be combined in interesting ways to gain competitive advantage, deliver better customer experiences, make more intelligent decisions faster, among many other business benefits. But they know they have to build an IT infrastructure that can cope with the data growth and the fact that 80% of the data stored is unstructured data” adds Mafiana. “

    The new capabilities of Data ONTAP 8 operating in Cluster-Mode, in conjunction with other base functionality built into Data ONTAP, form the foundation of NDO throughout the operational lifecycle – all the way from usual routine maintenance type work to ultimate technology refresh event and things in between”.

    ”Businesses face many challenges in the field of IT today: data growing by 50% every year leads to the need for high levels of system performance and efficiency”, said Ryan Sayre, EMEA Strategic Advisor, NetApp. In addition, more than ever before we have less and less ability to perform any operational activities that might cause disruption”.

    The solution for those demands is an agile IT Infrastructure that includes nine essential criteria: service automation and analytics, storage efficiency, virtual storage tier, nondestructive operations, embedded data security, integrated data protection, seamless scaling, Unified Architecture and secure multi tenancy”.

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    Global data growth rate to hit 35 zettabytes by 2020 – NetApp Tech

    DAILY INDEPENDENT, 25.9.2012:

    “The estimated size of the digital universe in 2020 will be 35 zettabytes as the data growth rate is 50% every year. 30 million content pieces are uploaded to Facebook every month, 5 billion smartphones create and store content. The big data has become a big issue all over the world now because if something is growing exponentially over a period of time, it will soon become very big”. According to him, “the West African organizations are not exempt; they need to make hay while the sun shines”.

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    NetApp, DatagroupIT Ready Nigeria For ‘Big Data’ Explosion

    September 20, 2012

    Experts have posited that one of the major challenges that faces the CBN Cash-lite initiative would be the issue of data management.

    They explain that with the increasing customership and data generation, there is a need to educate companies of how to manage these data to avoid security breach and enhance flexibility and simplicity in data management.

    Speaking at a world-class technology summit in Lagos, organised by NetApp and its exclusive distributor in West Africa, DataGroupIT, District Manager, NetApp West Africa, Rex Mafiana, pointed out that there is a proliferation of data. “Big things are happening but people are not taking note and they also don’t know the impact, we do this to get people prepared for the direction of technology in the future,” he noted.

    Mafiana further explained that Big Data is the term used to describe data that is singularly large, for instance, a movie. It is also the little data that is scattered around, for instance the data that are generated from people around the world on social networks.

    He said NetApp is trying to push the need to have secure data management in every business, whether it is in government or private concern.

    According to Mafiana, “We live in a data explosion era all over the world and Nigeria is not different. Organizations double the amount of data stored every two years. In the Big Data conference introduces how consolidation and virtualization, enterprise solutions, backup,
    recovery, archiving and cloud computing are the answer for data explosion and can save money and lower overall costs”.

    He however noted that the challenges of complexity of the data, required speed for data traffic, storage and security can by addressed with necessary solution that will prepare today’s systems for the future.

    “Companies are realizing that all the data they have collected as part of their business operations and all the new Big Data they are collecting now can be combined in interesting ways to gain competitive advantage, deliver better customer experiences, make more intelligent decisions faster, among many other business benefits. But they know they have to build an IT infrastructure that can cope with the data growth and the fact that 80% of the data stored is unstructured data,” adds Mafiana.

    He further observed that organisations need to be better educated on the importance of technology in their companies even as NetApp helps differentiates the market and innovate technologies that is two years ahead of the competitors.

    Citing a research result that states that 30 million content pieces are uploaded to Facebook every month, while 5 billion smartphones create and store content, with the estimated size of the digital universe in 2020 rising up to 35 zettabytes and data growth rate at 50 percent every year, Mafiana further said the Big Data has become a big issue all over the world now.

    According to him, West African organizations are not exempted from this global trend as they also need to tap into the global solution.

    Also speaking at the annual showcase for IT technological solutions that has its 2012 theme related to Big Data challenges, CEO, DatagroupIT, Nir Kunik, said organizations that won’t be able to store data efficiently will quickly lose their competitive advantage. “The main challenge of IT infrastructure managers is to store more data in less storage space and to save costs in running the infrastructure. Technologies like de-duplication and models like virtualization, cloud, and others help organizations reach these do more with less targets”.

    “Today Nigerian and West African organizations find their websites linked to twitter and Facebook, the millions of tiny data generated by these associations also yield another form of big data which can be harnessed for competitive advantage, this is what this event in Lagos,
    Nigeria is about – giving the sub-region’s businesses a heads-up, we need to be prepared in order not to be overtaken and NetApp can bring extreme value in this regard”, Kunik reiterated.

    Also according to Strategic Advisor, NetApp, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Ryan Sayre most businesses are currently facing a lot of challenges that need them to take drastic action in terms of their technological applications. “With data growing by 50% every year,
    there is a need for high levels of system performance and efficiency. In addition, more than ever before, we have less and less ability to perform any operational activities that might cause disruption”.

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    NetApp tasks businesses in Nigeria on big data explosion

    Silobreaker, 19.9.2012

    INTEGRATED storage solution provider, NetApp has called on businesses in Nigeria to prepare for possible increase in big data explosion, which it said was most likely going to enormous pressure on existing infrastructure.

    The District Manager, West Africa, NetApp, Mr. Rex Mafiana, urged corporate organisations to ensure effective management of data generated through their Information Technology systems. Mafiana gave the advice recently in Lagos, during the ‘NetApp Big Data Technology Summit’, adding that proper management of data would give a company insight to manage the business. He said that universally, data had continued to expand rapidly and as time went on, companies’ data would continue to increase.

    He said, “Although human-generated datasets, including Facebook pictures and Tweets, are getting the most attention in the media, the biggest source of data growth is machine-generated datasets. ‘’Digital technologies are moving to denser media, photos have all gone digital, video and medical imaging systems are using higher resolutions, and advanced analytics require significantly more storage.”

    Mafiana said the reason for the summit, which was organised yearly since 2006, was to sensitise the masses to developments in the technology space.

    “30 million content pieces uploaded to Facebook every month, five billion smartphones create and store content, the estimated size of the digital universe in 2020 will be 35 zettabytes as the data growth rate is 50 per cent every year. The big data has become a big issue all over the world now because if something is growing exponentially over a period of time, it will soon become very big.

    “Today Nigerian and West African organizations find their websites linked to twitter and Facebook, the millions of tiny data generated by these associations also yield another form of big data which can be harnessed for competitive advantage, this is what this event in Lagos, Nigeria is about – giving the sub-region’s businesses a heads-up, we need to be prepared in order not to be overtaken” and NetApp can bring extreme value in this regard”, he stated.

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    NetApp tasks businesses in Nigeria on big data explosion

    TheGuardian, 19.9.2012

    INTEGRATED storage solution provider, NetApp has called on businesses in Nigeria to prepare for possible increase in big data explosion, which it said was most likely going to enormous pressure on existing infrastructure.

    The District Manager, West Africa, NetApp, Mr. Rex Mafiana, urged corporate organisations to ensure effective management of data generated through their Information Technology systems. Mafiana gave the advice recently in Lagos, during the ‘NetApp Big Data Technology Summit’, adding that proper management of data would give a company insight to manage the business. He said that universally, data had continued to expand rapidly and as time went on, companies’ data would continue to increase.

    He said, “Although human-generated datasets, including Facebook pictures and Tweets, are getting the most attention in the media, the biggest source of data growth is machine-generated datasets. ‘’Digital technologies are moving to denser media, photos have all gone digital, video and medical imaging systems are using higher resolutions, and advanced analytics require significantly more storage.”

    Mafiana said the reason for the summit, which was organised yearly since 2006, was to sensitise the masses to developments in the technology space.

    “30 million content pieces uploaded to Facebook every month, five billion smartphones create and store content, the estimated size of the digital universe in 2020 will be 35 zettabytes as the data growth rate is 50 per cent every year. The big data has become a big issue all over the world now because if something is growing exponentially over a period of time, it will soon become very big.

    “Today Nigerian and West African organizations find their websites linked to twitter and Facebook, the millions of tiny data generated by these associations also yield another form of big data which can be harnessed for competitive advantage, this is what this event in Lagos, Nigeria is about – giving the sub-region’s businesses a heads-up, we need to be prepared in order not to be overtaken” and NetApp can bring extreme value in this regard”, he stated.

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    NetApp urges business to brace up for data explosion

    LOGBABY.com, 13.9.2012

    At the just concluded big data techno logy summit held last week in Lagos, NetApp, how best corporate organizations can properly manage big data to avoid date explosion was the topic of discussion.

    The District Manager, West Africa, NetApp, Mr. Rex Mafiana told the gathering that organizations must manage their data to avoid big date explosion, adding that organizations must prepare for the challenge ahead in view of explosive increase in big data which is putting enormous pressure on existing infrastructure, especially its storage platform.

    Speaking to IT Journalists during the event, Mafiana noted that corporate organizations in the technology driven economy must ensure effective management of data generated through their Information Technology systems.

    He said that proper management of data would give a company insight to manage the business. He said that universally, data had continued to expand rapidly and as time went on, companies’ data would continue to increase.

    Even with human-generated datasets, including Facebook pictures and Tweets, among others were getting the most attention in the media, the biggest source of data growth, according to him is machine-generated datasets.

    ‘’Digital technologies are moving to denser media, photos have all gone digital, video and medical imaging systems are using higher resolutions, and advanced analytics require significantly more storage.” he explained.

    We live in a data explosion era all over the world and Nigeria is not different, he said , adding that organizations double the amount of data stored every 2 years.

    According to him, “When speaking about Big Data, organizations point out 4 main challenges: the comlexity of the data, the required speed for data traffic, storage and security. The convention will present solutions for all of the above – showing how to prepeare today’s systmems for the future”.

    According to Nir Kunik, CEO, DataGroupIT, “NetApp and DataGroupIT’s conventions have become a tradition for IT experts in Nigeria.

    “This year we decided to focus on Big Data due to the rapid pace in which data is multiplied and the extent in which it affects organizations. We are here to show that Big Data created not only challenges, but also big opportunities”. he said.

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    NetApp urges business to brace up for data explosion

    Vanguard, 12.9.2012

    At the just concluded big data techno logy summit held last week in Lagos, NetApp, how best corporate organizations can properly manage big data to avoid date explosion was the topic of discussion.

    The District Manager, West Africa, NetApp, Mr. Rex Mafiana told the gathering that organizations must manage their data to avoid big date explosion, adding that organizations must prepare for the challenge ahead in view of explosive increase in big data which is putting enormous pressure on existing infrastructure, especially its storage platform.

    Speaking to IT Journalists during the event, Mafiana noted that corporate organizations in the technology driven economy must ensure effective management of data generated through their Information Technology systems.

    He said that proper management of data would give a company insight to manage the business. He said that universally, data had continued to expand rapidly and as time went on, companies’ data would continue to increase.

    Even with human-generated datasets, including Facebook pictures and Tweets, among others were getting the most attention in the media, the biggest source of data growth, according to him is machine-generated datasets.

    ‘’Digital technologies are moving to denser media, photos have all gone digital, video and medical imaging systems are using higher resolutions, and advanced analytics require significantly more storage.” he explained.

    We live in a data explosion era all over the world and Nigeria is not different, he said , adding that organizations double the amount of data stored every 2 years.

    According to him, “When speaking about Big Data, organizations point out 4 main challenges: the comlexity of the data, the required speed for data traffic, storage and security. The convention will present solutions for all of the above – showing how to prepeare today’s systmems for the future”.

    According to Nir Kunik, CEO, DataGroupIT, “NetApp and DataGroupIT’s conventions have become a tradition for IT experts in Nigeria.

    “This year we decided to focus on Big Data due to the rapid pace in which data is multiplied and the extent in which it affects organizations. We are here to show that Big Data created not only challenges, but also big opportunities”. he said.

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    Prepare for big data explosion, NetApp urges businesses

    September 10, 2012 by Agency Reporter

    As explosive increase in big data is putting enormous pressure on existing infrastructure, especially its storage platform and NetApp, an integrated storage solution provider is canvassing proper data management among organisations.

    solution provider is canvassing proper data management among organisations.

    The District Manager, West Africa, NetApp, Mr. Rex Mafiana, urged corporate organisations to ensure effective management of data generated through their Information Technology systems. Mafiana gave the advice recently in Lagos, during the ‘NetApp Big Data Technology Summit’, adding that proper management of data would give a company insight to manage the business. He said that universally, data had continued to expand rapidly and as time went on, companies’ data would continue to increase.

    He said, ‘’Although human-generated datasets, including Facebook pictures and Tweets, are getting the most attention in the media, the biggest source of data growth is machine-generated datasets. ‘’Digital technologies are moving to denser media, photos have all gone digital, video and medical imaging systems are using higher resolutions, and advanced analytics require significantly more storage.”

    Mafiana said the reason for the summit, which was organised yearly since 2006, was to sensitise the masses to developments in the technology space.

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    IT experts call for proper data management

    September 7, 2012

    An Information Technology (IT) expert has advised corporate organisations to ensure effective management of data generated through their IT systems. Speaking at the 'NetApp Big Data Technology Summit' in Lagos, Rex Mafiana said that proper management of data would give a company insight to manage their business. Mafiana, who is West African District Manager of NetApp, an IT firm, explained that universally, data had continued to expand rapidly as companies' data continued to increase. 

    According to him, the explosive increase in big data was putting enormous pressure on existing infrastructure, especially its storage platform. “Although human-generated datasets, including Facebook pictures and Tweets, are getting the most attention in the media, the biggest source of data growth is machine-generated datasets. “Digital technologies are moving to denser media, photos have all gone digital, video and medical imaging systems are using higher resolutions, and advanced analytics require significantly more storage," Mafiana explained. He said the summit, which had been an annual event since 2006, was organised to sensitise the masses on developments in the technology sphere.

    Ryan Sayre, Strategic Advisor of NetApp, noted that the world had entered a new era of scale, where the amount of data was rapidly breaking existing storage architectures. Sayre said the company provides innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. "The NetApp Enterprise Content Repository solution, based on infinite volume, offers boundless, secure, scalable data storage for big data," he said, adding that with NetApp solution, enterprises could efficiently and securely drive successful business outcomes. Oloruntoye Aderinola, Solution Manager of Systems Application and Products in West Africa, said information (data) is the lifeblood of today's businesses. Aderinola said there were about five billion mobile phone users globally and these users would continue to produce data. He further explained that one of the challenges that organisations faced in the management of "big data was the cost of storing such data", adding that there has been a constant tussle between Chief Financial Officers and Chief Information Officers of organisations on the right investment for data management. He said that adoption of the right managerial strategy of big data would give companies flexible views on how to run their businesses.

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    IT expert advises organisations on data management

    LAGOS TELEVISION, 6.9.2012

    Mr Rex Mafiana, an Information Technology (IT) expert, on Wednesday in Lagos urged corporate organisations to ensure effective management of data generated through their IT systems.Speaking at the ‘NetApp Big Data Technology Summit’, Mafiana said proper management of data would give a company insight to manage the business. 

    Mafiana, who is West African District Manager of NetApp, an IT firm, said that universally data had continued to expand rapidly as companies’ data continued to increase.to him, the explosive increase in big data was putting enormous pressure on existing infrastructure, especially its storage platform.He said the summit, which was an annual event since 2006, was organised to sensitise the masses on developments in the technology sphere.Mr Ryan Sayre, Strategic Advisor of NetApp, said the world had entered a new era of scale where the amount of data was rapidly breaking existing storage architectures.Sayre said the company provided innovative storage and data management solutions that delivered outstanding cost efficiency and accelerated business breakthroughs.Mr Oloruntoye Aderinola, Solution Manager of Systems Application and Products in West Africa, said information (data) is the lifeblood of today’s businesses.Aderinola said there were about five billion mobile phone users globally and these users would continue to produce data.He said that one of that challenges that organisations faced in the management of big data was the cost of storing such data.According to him, there has been a constant tussle between Chief Financial Officers and Chief Information Officers of organisations on the right investment for data management.He said that adoption of the right managerial strategy of big data would give companies flexible views on how to run their businesses.

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    NetApp, DataGroupIT host ‘Big Data’ summit today

    The Guardian, 5.9.2012

    NETAPP and DataGroupIT, NetApp’s exclusive distributor in Nigeria, will host hundreds of IT executives and decison makers at the world-class NetApp Technology Summit (formally known as “Innovation”), the yearly premium showcase for IT Technological Solutions with the theme, ‘Big Data’

    The conference organised by DataGroupIT is taken place today in Lagos and will have appearances from top IT companies such as BDPR, BMC, Business Connexion, Computer Warehouse Group, Fast Lane, Landmark, Resourcery and Weco Systems International.

    According to the Chief Executive Officer, DataGroupIT, Nir Kunik, “NetApp and DataGroupIT’s conventions have become a tradition for IT experts in Nigeria. This year we decided to focus on Big Data due to the rapid pace in which data is multiplied and the extent in which it affects organisations. We are here to show that Big Data created not only challenges, but also big opportunities”.

    To NetApp West Africa’s District Manager, Rex Mafiana, “we live in a data explosion era all over the world and Nigeria is not different. Organisations double the amount of data stored every two years. In the Big Data conference we will introduce how consolidation and virtualisation, enterprise solutions, backup, recovery, archiving and cloud computing are the answer for data explosion and can save money and lower overall costs.

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    Firm to partner mobile networks

    PUNCH, 1.9.2012

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    Resourcery, Checkpoint forum tasks govt on IT security

    On August 17, 2012

    At the end of a one week data  security workshop for the public sector in Abuja, organised by Resourcery Plc and its counterparts, Check Point Software Technologies, the Federal Government learned that she was supposed to take the IT security issue as seriously as the national security...

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    Storage, NetApp’s ‘Start Right-Keep it Simple-Grow Smart’ strategy

    IT NEWS AFRICA, 15.8.2012

    When planning and engaging a robust and resilient IT solution for any business, there are a number of factors and aspects that need to be considered. Although often overlooked, one of the most important considerations is the efficient and intelligent management of data, which needs to be accessed and distributed on demand, 24/7 by various applications, services and business users.

    NetApp's has conceptualised a 'Start Right-Keep it Simple-Grow Smart' strategy. (Image: NetApp)

    Without the correct data storage equipment to suit the needs of the business, there is a risk that much-valued data could be lost due to insufficient foresight in choice of solution or the incorrect implementation thereof.

    NetApp is in the Data Storage Management business for that exact reason – to assist companies to implement a “Start Right- Keep it Simple- Grow Smart” data storage solution with their unique products and services.

    “While NetApp is a global company, a major portion of the solution deployments internationally is channel-driven, working with distribution partners across the globe, enabling partners to deploy the right solution for customers who look for Smart Data Storage Consolidation and management capabilities” said Abraham Parel, CEO of Virtual Works, the NetApp distributor for East Africa, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

    NetApp adopted the Channel model, especially in emerging markets, as its customers, including global customers need to be supported and enabled through skilled partners who are close to market. Virtual Works Limited, NetApp’s Kenya-based value added distributor, has invested in enterprise class skill-sets, partner/customer training facilities, a Data center Lab facility and a highly effective go-to market strategy, thereby supporting its partner community to deliver solutions to its customers.

    “Being able to quickly respond to change in the most flexible manner, and to drive change with its innovative approach, NetApp is best positioned than any other data storage vendor, to meet data management requirements within the market in the most technologically sophisticated, yet simplest form.” Mr. Parel said.

    Rex Mafiana, NetApp’s District Manager for West Africa, added that the model has been very successful in West Africa. “NetApp has an extensive network of certified local partners to drive support and customer satisfaction. A team of in-region NetApp support and Professional Services Engineers support our huge install base and varied customer types via these partners. NetApp is a channel-centric organization that invests in the development of local partners to drive customer peace of mind.”

    NetApp is a data storage management company, and is a leader in shared virtual infrastructure. The company’s entire business model revolves around efficient, cost effective and flexible management of data.

    “Today, in any business, if you look at telecommunications companies, banking or insurance, application data is at the heart of the business – the use and value of which has become integral to modern day business. With the trend of businesses gearing to adoption of shared virtual infrastructure, NetApp with its unique unified storage platform, seamless upgrade options, storage efficiency offerings and ease of management is well positioned as the right solution choice.” Parel said.

    Mafiana added that businesses need to determine their needs in order to decide on how to store their data. “This will depend on the type of data but generally the factors will be data type, sensitivity levels, data size, storage period and access type and rates”.
    With a large presence across the globe, Mafiana added that it is important for NetApp to have contact with West African companies. “It is very important to have presence in West Africa as we have seen from reports from organizations like the World Bank, there is great growth potential in the region.

    The West African market is also not mature, so there is a lot of opportunity for NetApp and due to the nature of our value solutions; NetApp can make a lot of positive difference to the customers notwithstanding the huge infrastructural challenges with the flexibility that our solutions offer.”

    Cloud computing has become a bit of a buzz-word lately, and NetApp has been at the forefront to deliver cloud solutions. “NetApp’s solutions around cloud (networked architecture) can actually be traced back many years. Of course NetApp is not a cloud service provider, but with its unmatched innovative approach on data management and alliances with world’s leading software and networking companies, NetApp continues to astonishingly be the choice foundation for world’s leading cloud service companies.” Parel said.

    Mafiana added that cloud is definitely here to stay. “It is my personal opinion that the cloud (in terms of shared services /infrastructure) has come to stay, it only makes sense that organizations will find ways to do more with less and this is the cloud promise”.

    But employing the correct data storage solution is not always enough, as businesses should strive to reduce their data centre footprint. This can be done in many ways, and Mafiana explains that this can be done through NetApp’s efficient IT solutions.
    “Space efficient technologies like the NetApp RAID DP, primary de-duplication, Snapshot and Flexclone can help customers significantly reduce their storage foot print and, as such, their datacenter footprint.”

    With NetApp’s virtualization guarantee, they can help save customers no less than 50% of storage space compared to other storage solutions, which in turn reduces physical space, cooling and power requirements.

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    We are living in a data explosion era

    IT Telecom and Digest – 13 June 2012.

    "We are living in a data explosion era. Organizations that won't be able to store data efficiently will quickly lose thier competitive advantage" 

    "As Information Technology becomes ever more prevalent in nearly every aspect of our lives, data is needed to run businesses successfully. Organisations implement ERP,CRM and business intelligence solutions in order to know their customers, prospects, partners and suppliers better. Regulation is also forcing organizations to keep data for years while consumers use more and more data generating applications and services. The amount of data generated and stored continues and will continue to grow at an astounding rate", says Rex Mafiana, NetApp District Manager for West Africa.

    "We are in a data explosion era. Organizations that won’t be able to store data efficiently will quickly lose thier competitive advantage", says Mafiana. "The main challenge of IT infrastructure managers today then is to store more data in less storage space and to save costs in running the infrastructure. Technologies like de-duplication and models like virtualization, cloud, and others help organizations reach these do more with less targets".

    "In the recent years NetApp has been helping businesses analyze the efficiency of their IT environment and to calculate their storage efficiency using special tools, in order to optimize the IT environment and boost the bottom line. One way way to achieve this is that our customers end up using half the storage
    of traditional approaches and can reinvest their savings in revenue-generating opportunities".

    It is demonstratable return on investment! Take virtualization for example, without an efficient underlying storage, the otherwise useful gains made on the Server side of the Infrastructure would be lost as Virtualization in itself introduces inherent complex storage challenges. The entire NetApp FAS storage range help mitigate these challenges and help customers realize the full promise and gain of virtualization in the real sense. To emphasize the gains that NetApp platform brings to the table, NetApp has issued a world-wide guarantee that if a customer is carrying out any virtualization, NetApp guarantees that such customer will use 50% less storage and other traditional storage solutions. You can look up the details at www.netapp.com/guarantee

    "Furthermore, NetApp has a collaborative model. NetApp works together closely with other techology leaders like VMware, Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and others in order to supply clients full stack solutions that help meet today’s challenges".
    According to Mafiana, cloud computing has quickly surfaced as an important IT initiative as more organizations evaluate alternatives to help manage the pace and growth of their business and the attendant growth and therefore cost of IT Infrastructure. More and more CIOs across the globe are either building a private cloud, evaluating service providers for public cloud services, or employing a hybrid model that combines the best of both. NetApp announced recently new technologies within NetApp OnCommand management software that control, automate, and analyze the shared storage infrastructure for greater optimization and service efficiency. And to extend these capabilities beyond storage for a complete enterprise cloud infrastructure service, NetApp enhanced its Alliance Technology Partner Program with the inclusion of cloud management leaders, enabling integration between industry-leading cloud management solutions and NetApp OnCommand to provide end-to-end management of the full-stack cloud infrastructure.

    NetApp provides the storage foundation for cloud with the NetApp Unified Storage Architecture and a comprehensive set of storage and data management capabilities built on Data ONTAP. NetApp’s flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure provides a secure, multi-tenant solution that can dynamically scale up or back down to meet changing demand. Enterprise customers can transition to a private cloud environment at their own pace as their business grows, without disrupting their IT infrastructure.
    In addition to that and in order to help accelerate customers’ transition to the cloud, NetApp and VMware announced at VMworld 2011 in August 2011, VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp, a new joint solution that enables organizations to evolve to a secure cloud computing model at their own pace, gaining greater flexibility and efficiency without needing to rip and replace their existing infrastructure.

    The solution helps customers evolve to the next stage of the virtualization journey by creating a secure cloud infrastructure using proven, integrated technologies that automate and centrally manage cloud environments, resulting in increased productivity and optimized service levels. VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp simplifies the transition to a standardized, automated service-delivery model that scales with the business.

    "With these recent announcements NetApp is better positioned to help organizations transition to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure—the foundation for cloud computing—that will help them be ready for the future and enable IT to accelerate business growth". Summarizes Mafiana. 

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  • Efficient data management will drive sustainable growth –NetApp boss

    BusinessDay – 24 May 2012

    With the rising quantity of unstructured data captured by Nigerian enterprises and the rise of multimedia, social media will indeed stimulate exponential growth in data for the near future. As such, NetApp, a global leader in storage has said that it is committed to assisting Nigerian firms cope with the phenomenal growth in data, by providing tailored solutions to drive business efficiency.

    Rex Mafiana, NetApp District Manager for West Africa told Business Day yesterday that the ability of a firm to effectively store, manage, analyze, and protect this data can indeed mean the difference between forging ahead and falling behind. According to him, the decision an organisation makes about the storage platform or solution that serves as the foundation for its IT infrastructure is as critical.

    “Our lives became digital and we manufacture digital data that demands space. Facebook produces 30 billion pieces of content every month and this rate is going to increase by 40 percent every year. There are 6 billion smartphone all over the world. That produces a lot of content. In fact the digital universe has passed the zeta byte, which is billion terabytes. “While more storage space is needed, organisations are under pressure to accelerate business results and rely on Information Technology (IT) to help them lower operating costs, drive innovation, and outpace the competition.”These organisations, according to Mafiana continue to invest a significant amount of IT dollars on day-to-day operations, hindering their ability to free up resources to implement strategic initiatives to further business success:

    “To cope with these challenges, many organiations have turned to storage efficiency technologies from NetApp to maximize their existing investments, reduce costs, and free up resources to invest in other core projects to drive business growth. According to Mafiana, “NetApp’s customers are saving a combined total of more than five exabytes of storage capacity through the use of NetApp’s leading storage efficiency technologies. Customers rely on NetApp’s game changing efficiency technologies to overcome the challenges of managing explosive data growth and maximize existing storage investments. The combined strengths of the storage company’s nine integrated efficiency technologies help customers lower costs, do more with less, and improve their return on investment”.

    One of the ways to cope with the increase of data is to transfer data and applications to the cloud. “Cloud computing has quickly surfaced as an important IT initiative as more organizations evaluate alternatives to help manage the pace and growth of their business. Our customers and partners can accelerate time to market and improve efficiency by up to 60 percent with cloud services built on NetApp. Customers are reducing costs, managing business growth, and improving customer service with cloud services built on NetApp technologies”, Mafiana revealed. These cloud services, according to the NetApp boss can be delivered through a global ecosystem of service providers who benefit from the NetApp Partner Program for Service Providers, which was the first of its kind in the storage industry.

    In addition, in order to help accelerate customers’ transition to the cloud, NetApp and VMware announced VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp, a new joint solution that enables organizations to evolve to a secure cloud computing model at their own pace, gaining greater flexibility and efficiency without needing to rip and replace their existing infrastructure.

    The cloud infrastructure solution combines NetApp’s flexible and efficient Unified Storage Architecture and comprehensive set of storage and data management capabilities built on NetApp’s Data ONTAP with VMware’s recently enhanced cloud infrastructure suite to deliver seamless integration of cloud management, provisioning, and backup and recovery capabilities based on existing virtualized shared IT infrastructures. This powerful combination enables organizations to transition to the cloud at their own pace, without the need to rip and replace their existing infrastructure”.

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    NetApp provides solution to SMEs data challenges in Nigeria

    The Guardian – 23 May 2012

    A GLOBAL leader in storage services, NetApp has revealed plans to provide seamless data management infrastructure to Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment in Nigeria by providing tailored and cost effective solutions for accelerated service delivery.

    Stressing the need for SMEs, which has about 60 per cent control of the market in the country to embrace technology, NetApp, through its Country Manager in Nigeria, Rex Mafiana noted that the major challenge before them revolves around finances.

    Mafiana said to cope with these challenges, many organizations have turned to storage efficiency technologies from NetApp to maximize their existing investments, reduce costs, and free up resources to invest in other core projects to drive business growth.

    According to him, NetApp, which controls 80 percent market share in Nigeria’s storage market said the potential of the SME sector is really huge.

    “In 2012, we are increasing our focus on SMEs. And for us, that is another area of growth, which we intend to take advantage of. We are focusing on developing and providing tailored solution to help them grow. The issue SMEs have is about accessing requisite capital. So, they cannot afford to invest huge sums of money to set up the right IT infrastructure. Besides, there are two ways to help them. One is to develop tailored solution that they can afford but at the same time deliver the needed value to the business. The other way is put infrastructure in a central position so that they can share. These two areas are of strategic importance to NetApp.

    “We are providing technology to drive service provider to enable them to provide hosted or cloud services that SMEs can buy on a pay-as-you-go basis. We are also releasing very powerful, but small entry-level system that smaller businesses can afford. This is because some SMEs may not want to put their data on the cloud because of security or regulatory issues”, he stated.

    Mafiana disclosed that the company intended to retain it number one position in West Africa by focusing on growing its customers’ business, which, according to him is only one way to maintain market leadership and that is to focus on the customer.

    According to him, one major way SMEs can cope with increase in data is to transfer data and applications to the cloud.

    He explained that “Cloud computing has quickly surfaced as an important IT initiative as more organizations evaluate alternatives to help manage the pace and growth of their business. Customers and partners accelerate time to market and improve efficiency by Up to 60 per cent with Cloud Services Built on NetApp.

    “Customers are reducing costs, managing business growth, and improving customer service with cloud services built on NetApp technologies. These cloud services can be delivered through a global ecosystem of service providers who benefit from the NetApp Partner Program for Service Providers, which was the first of its kind in the storage industry.

    In addition, he said in order to help accelerate customers’ transition to the cloud, NetApp and VMware announced VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp, a new joint solution that enables organizations to evolve to a secure cloud computing model at their own pace, gaining greater flexibility and efficiency without needing to rip and replace their existing infrastructure.

    The cloud infrastructure solution, according to Mafiana combines NetApp’s flexible and efficient Unified Storage Architecture and comprehensive set of storage and data management capabilities built on NetApp’s Data ONTAP with VMware’s recently enhanced cloud infrastructure suite to deliver seamless integration of cloud management, provisioning, and backup and recovery capabilities based on existing virtualized shared IT infrastructures, adding that this powerful combination enables organizations to transition to the cloud at their own pace, without the need to rip and replace their existing infrastructure.

    He disclosed that the company’s aim is to increase its attention on emerging markets, such as Africa, comes at a time when global storage sales levels are increasing and becoming a more competitive space, adding that NetApp’s revenue increased from $2.352 billion in 2010 to $2.911 billion in 2011. It had the third biggest global market share in external storage sales with Hewlett-Packard (HP), as EMC’s market share stood at 29.4 percent in the fourth quarter and its rival IBM at 15.2 percent.
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    NetApp, VMware outline benefits of cloud solution

    The Guardian 5 October 2011

    TO help accelerate customers’ transition to the cloud, global storage company, NetApp and VMware have announced VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp, a new joint solution that enables organisations to evolve to a secure cloud computing model at their own pace.

    The new partnership solution, according to NetApp would enable organisations gain greater flexibility and efficiency without needing to rip and replace their existing infrastructure.

    NetApp’s District Manager, West Africa, Mr. Rex Mafiana noted that cloud computing has quickly surfaced as an important IT initiative as more organisations evaluate alternatives to help manage the pace and growth of their business.

    Mafiana stated: “As enterprises look for ways to accelerate their businesses, they recognise that the decisions they make now affect not only how they compete today but also how prepared they are for the future. NetApp and VMware are delivering a secure, integrated solution that allows customers to build on their virtualised environments without having to rip and replace their current IT infrastructures. This saves invaluable time, money, and productivity that they can reinvest back in the business.

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    NetApp, VMware outline benefits of cloud solution

    The Nigerian Daily.com 4 October 2011

    To help accelerate customers’ transition to the cloud, global storage company, NetApp and VMware have announced VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp, a new joint solution that enables organisations to evolve to a secure cloud computing model at their own pace.

    The new partnership solution, according to NetApp would enable organisations gain greater flexibility and efficiency without needing to rip and replace their existing infrastructure. NetApp’s District Manager, West Africa, Mr. Rex Mafiana noted that cloud computing has quickly surfaced as an important IT initiative as more organisations evaluate alternatives to help manage the pace and growth of their business.

    Mafiana stated: “As enterprises look for ways to accelerate their businesses, they recognise that the decisions they make now affect not only how they compete today but also how prepared they are for the future. NetApp and VMware are delivering a secure, integrated solution that allows customers to build on their virtualised environments without having to rip and replace their current IT infrastructures. This saves invaluable time, money, and productivity that they can reinvest back in the business.”

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    NetApp targets Nigerian SMEs with tailored solutions

    BusinessDay (online)– 18 May 2012

    NetApp, a global leader in storage says it plans to increase its focus on the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment in Nigeria this year by providing tailored and cost effective solutions to improve their productivity. The company which has 80 percent market share in Nigeria’s storage market, says the potential of the SME sector is really huge. Analysts however say SMEs are not doing well in terms of how much they contribute to the economy from a value added perspective.

    Rex Mafiana, country manager, NetApp Nigeria told Business Day in an interview that the issue is capital restricts SMEs from making needed investments in IT infrastructure.

    “In 2012, we are going to be increasing our focus on SMEs. And for us, that is another area of growth which we intend to take advantage of. We are focusing on developing and providing tailored solution to help them grow. The issue SMEs have is about accessing requisite capital. So, they cannot afford to invest huge sums of money to set up the right IT infrastructure. Besides, there are two ways to help them. One is to develop tailored solution that they can afford but at the same time deliver the needed value to the business. The other way is put infrastructure in a central position so that they can share. These two areas are of strategic importance to NetApp.

    “We are providing technology to drive service providers, to enable them provide hosted or cloud services that SMEs can buy on a pay-as-you-go basis. We are also releasing very powerful, but small entry level system that smaller businesses can afford. This is because some SMEs may not want to put their data on the cloud because of security or regulatory issues.”

    According to Mafiana, NetApp intends to retain it number one position in West Africa, further adding that the technology company will continue to focus on growing its customers’ business.“ There is only one way to maintain market leadership and that is to focus on the customer.

    “We need to make sure that the customers are happy. We need to listen to them; we need to understand what drives their business. We need to know what their business requires to grow. Especially, what storage can do to help the business? NetApp solution is not about technology but it is also about enabling the strategic intent and objective of our customers. We have gone beyond just storage in itself. We are more concerned about how to use this solution to empower the business. How do you use this solution to help the business go to market faster? These are some of the issues that are core to business”, the NetApp boss explained.

    The company’s aim to increase its attention on emerging markets, such as Africa, comes at a time when global storage sales levels are increasing and becoming a more competitive space, according to experts. Research company, IDC reported that overall external storage system revenue increased 7.7 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter last year, to $6.6 billion. NetApp’s revenue increased from $2.352 billion in 2010 to $2.911 billion in 2011. It had the third biggest global market share in external storage sales with Hewlett-Packard (HP), as EMC’s market share stood at 29.4 percent in the fourth quarter and its rival IBM at 15.2 percent.

    Despite NetApp’s strong growth, it was dwarfed by EMC, which marked the highest growth among the top five vendors, with revenue of $1.93 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, up 22.4 percent year-over-year. Furthermore, companies such as HP, which have traditionally been more well-known for manufacturing hardware, have made strides in the data and storage markets. The company is not worried about increased competition in the space.

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  • IT storage solutions provider ready to partner government

    Voice of Nigeria (online)– 2 May 2012

    IT storage solutions provider ready to partner government
    Chinedu Iheaka

    One of Nigeria’s leading IT storage solutions provider have expressed readiness to partner Nigerian government and the security agencies in providing data security solutions across the country.

    This expression was made by the West African District head of Net App, Rex Mafiana, at a public awareness campaign in Lagos State, South West Nigeria.

    Security threats

    Mafiana said that about 70 per cent of the sensitive and regulated information of corporate organizations and security agencies are stored on the database. He observed that the number was doubling every year, and called on organizations to protect their database, irrespective of their entire network security.
    Speaking on the security risk, Mafiana said: “loss of data through unauthorised entry of database servers could cause huge loss of money to governments and private organizations. There is need for data encryption alongside heavy investment in security solutions that will protect database servers from inside and outside hackers.”

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    Encrypting data

    Explaining how encrypting works, Rex Mafiana said the idea of encrypting was to make data unreachable even when stolen.

    “The level of encryption and security of database servers, depend on the capacity of the data and the importance of the data to the organizations,” Mafiana.

    Mafiana told Voice of Nigeria that the ongoing enterprise level feature is to infuse small and medium scale businesses on data storage and management solutions since their data is as important as the data of the big enterprises.

    He advised organization to always protect their data, especially the most sensitive ones.

    Mafiana lauded Nigerian government for its infrastructural development programmes and called for speedy actions in reviving the nations power sector so that businesses and investments would thrive.

    Chief Technology Officers of corporate organizations from various sectors of the economy at the event raised concerns over the issue of unstable power supply which is a challenge to operating efficient and effective data storage infrastructure in Nigeria.

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    NetApp, VMware develop cloud computing solution

    The Punch 3 October 2011

    NetApp and VMware have announced VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp, a new joint solution that enables organisations to evolve to a secure cloud computing model at their own pace, gaining greater flexibility and efficiency without needing to rip and replace their existing infrastructure.

    The companies, in a joint statement, said the move would help accelerate customers’ transition to the cloud.

    Cloud computing has quickly surfaced as an important IT initiative as more organisations evaluate alternatives to help manage the pace and growth of their business, the firms said. NetApp is represented in Nigeria by DataGroupIT. 

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    The District Manager, West Africa, NetApp, Mr. Rex Mafiana, said, “As enterprises look for ways to accelerate their businesses, they recognize that the decisions they make now affect not only how they compete today but also how prepared they are for the future.

    NetApp and VMware are delivering a secure, integrated solution that allows customers to build on their virtualized environments without having to rip and replace their current IT infrastructures. This saves invaluable time, money, and productivity that they can reinvest back in the business.”

    VMware cloud infrastructure and management on NetApp simplifies the transition to a standardised, automated service-delivery model that scales with the business, allowing service providers, government agencies, universities, and enterprises to invest resources back into the business so they manage for the future and drive innovation throughout the organisation.

    The solution helps customers evolve to the next stage of the virtualisation journey by creating a secure cloud infrastructure using proven, integrated technologies that automate and centrally manage cloud environments, resulting in increased productivity and optimized service levels.

    The cloud infrastructure solution combines NetApp’s flexible and efficient Unified Storage Architecture and comprehensive set of storage and data management capabilities built on Data ONTAP with VMware’s recently enhanced cloud infrastructure suite to deliver seamless integration of cloud management, provisioning, and backup and recovery capabilities based on existing virtualised shared IT infrastructures. 

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    NetApp advocates cloud-computing strategy to boots businesses in Nigeria

    The Guardian, 17 August 2011

    LEADING Storage Company, NETAPP, has advocated the need for Nigerian business organisations to explore the benefits of virtual storage system, through the cloud computing strategy.

    This, according to NetApp, would enable business organisations to empower customers, who are rapidly changing the way their data centers are designed and shifting to a model of IT delivered as a service (ITaaS).

    In a chat with The Guardian recently, the Country Manager, Rex Mafiana said NetApp has unveiled Data solutions along with other new technologies and services that will serve as the cloud infrastructure foundation for today and tomorrow business organisations.

    Mafiana said the company has introduced several other new products, solutions, and services that address customers’ critical cloud requirements for a more efficient and flexible cloud infrastructure, which include NetApp Data Motion, Performance Acceleration Module II, NetApp Dynamic Data Center (NDDC) Solution and NetApp Fast-Start Customer Workshop.

    According to him, partners of all types can benefit from the move to cloud computing and play important roles in NetApp’s growth, stressing that, Service Providers and VARs designed to enable all partners to grow their business with NetApp.

    Mafiana explained that, having a large number of well-known partners—such as Microsoft, Cisco Systems, BMC, Fujitsu, CA and several others listed, allows for many options for customers, who probably already have a wide range of components from different manufacturers running in their data centres.

    He affirmed that, the key underpinning term for all of these remains the flexibility that this brings to users.

    “One of the fundamental principles of cloud computing is that you don’t know what applications the infrastructure will be supporting when you’re building it. So you must be prepared to be very adaptable to what applications are thrown at you,” said Mafiana.

    He added that, deployments have to be efficiently administered, “if you’re going to run a business offering as a service, you’ve got to do it at a profit, and you have to be more efficient than the end user can be on their own.”

    According to him, NetApp has already done this with a large number of customers, and has the experience and expertise with the methodology and can “package that with our products, and can offer that up to people looking to build cloud structures.”

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    NetApp captures 34% share of Nigeria's storage market

    The Punch, 28 JULY 2011

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    NetApp to consolidate market lead in Nigeria with innovation, says Mafiana

    The Guardian Online, 27 July 2011

    TO consolidate its lead in the storage market of Nigeria, NetApp has said that it would come up with cutting edge innovation that will further increase its market share in the country.

    Specifically, NetApp said it would provide an integrated solution that enables storage, delivery, and management of network data and content that will allow organisations achieve their business goals.

    In a chat with The Guardian at the weekend, the company’s West Africa District Manager, Mr. Rex Mafiana said the company is poised to redefine storage systems in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

    Mafiana said the International Data Company (IDC) at the beginning of 2010, affirmed that NetApp continues to be the leader in the Nigerian storage market with 34 per cent of market share and to keep growing with 132 per cent growth since the beginning of 2010.

    He stressed that these numbers are part of a trend all over EMEA region that proves that NetApp is on track to reach the goal of becoming the number one in EMEA by 2012.

    “NetApp is the leader in the market for almost 10 years, supplying storage and data management solutions that serves as a base for data and knowledge for the largest enterprises in Nigeria. NetApp’s technology is deployed in more than 70 per cent of banks in Nigeria, in almost 100 per cent of the oil and gas companies, and in the manufacturing, governmental and other sectors of the Nigerian Economy. During 2010 and 2011 NetApp won projects in new organisations fuelling the growth.

    “NetApp works with DataGroupIT as our distributor and a team of resellers that have exceptionally high levels of knowledge and experience. Together with NetApp’s support we keep growing because we give our customers a real confidence in our solutions and support,” he stated.

    Besides, he said after NetApp proved its abilities in the large enterprise market, the company started investing in the SMB market.

    “We have best of breed solutions to medium size companies. Gartner has positioned NetApp in the leaders quadrant for midrange and high-end NAS solutions. We got the highest scores for our ability to execute and completeness of vision.

    “A midrange and high-end NAS vendor in the leaders quadrant has the market share, credibility and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. We believe our position in the Gartner Leaders quadrant is strong recognition of the flexibility, efficiency, and value solutions.”

    The NetAapp’s West Africa district manager added, “NetApp is focused on developing solutions that make the IT infrastructure to be more efficient delivering the best cost efficiencies.

    NetApp can help organisations in Nigeria to cut IT spending and accelerate business success.

    “Our technology allows customers to store more data in less storage space, to shrink backup windows from hours to minutes, enhance self-sufficient storage management, and help the storage experts tame growth. In addition, our solutions work efficiently in virtualised environments. I believe we have the best connections with VMware and also with Microsoft and Citrix in this field.”

    “Our solutions are scalable. We enable organisations to grow their business without replacing the system and operating system interface like they should with our competitors.”

    According to Mafiana, NetApp keeps pace on the new hot field in the IT industry-the cloud. The cloud model is the base for services like Yahoo mail, YouTube, Picasa, etc, enable organisations to receive and use IT infrastructure and applications over the web.”

    He emphasised the importance of the Nigerian market to NetApp, stressing that, the company would continue to invest in the Nigerian market in order to gain more market share and deliver exceptional levels to support.

    “We have the largest market share here and our customers can rely on our commitment to the local market. Today we support day and night the Nigerian enterprises with the best local partners and integrators pour experts arrive on-site within minutes and we give 24by7 web and phone global support.”

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  • NetApp sets sights on cloud computing to reduce IT spend

    13 July 2011

    In an era of information explosion, Nigerian businesses are required to invest hugely in Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, use more environmentally friendly power and work with heterogeneous architecture that leads to more complexity.

    NetApp, a technology solutions providers says it is better positioned to improve the operations of businesses in the country by eliminating capital expenditure (CAPEX) on hardware, software and services through the strategic usage of cloud computing.

    Rex Mafiana, country manager, NetApp told Business Day in an interview recently that the firm was committed to developing solutions that deliver best cost efficiencies for the Nigerian market. According to him, NetApp can help organisation in the country cut Information Technology (IT) spending and accelerate business success.“We introduce to our local customers how cloud computing, consolidation and virtualisation…can answer their needs while saving money and lowering overall costs”. “NetApp keeps pace on the new hot field in the IT industry – the cloud.

    The cloud model is the base for services like Yahoo Mail, YouTube, Picasa, etc enables organisations to receive and use IT infrastructure and applications over the web. Cloud computing has moved from industry hype to a top initiative, with more Chief Information Officers (CIOs) building a private cloud, evaluating service providers for public cloud services, or employing a hybrid model that combines the best of both”, he posited.

    According to him, “The problem is that the cloud contains technologies from different suppliers from different fields and organisations can’t really manage and measure performance and efficiency of all the pieces in the cloud.” Meanwhile, data from International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed that NetApp continues to be the leader in the Nigerian storage market with 34 percent market share and analysts expects the growth to continue giving a 132 percent growth rate since the beginning of 2010.

    “These numbers are part of a trend all over EMEA region that proves that NetApp is on track to reach the goal of becoming the number one in EMEA by 2012.” Only last month, NetApp announced new solutions within NetApp OnCommand management software that control, automate, and analyse the shared storage infrastructure for greater optimisation and service efficiency in the cloud.

    In order to extend these capabilities beyond storage for a complete enterprise cloud infrastructure service, the firm is enhancing its Alliance Technology Partner Program with the inclusion of cloud management leaders. “We are in an era of data explosion all over the world and Nigeria is not different.

    Organisations have more and more costs because they need more storage capacity, they face stiffer regulations, they are asked to save hardware and software costs, physical place and electricity, to use more environmentally friendly power and to work with heterogeneous architecture that leads to more complexity. We introduce to our local customers how consolidation and virtualisation, enterprise solutions, backup, recovery, archiving and cloud computing can answer these needs while saving money and lowering overall costs”, Mafiana added.

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  • We need more IT Regulation and Legislation in Nigeria

    7 July 2011

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    Resourcery Plc hosts Ghana stakeholders on storage solutions

    16 March 2011

    In an effort to educate the industry stakeholders on its portfolio of storage solutions as well as other business solutions, Resourcery Plc held a workshop at the Airport West Hotel in Accra, Ghana in the month of February.

    Andrew Ejoh, Executive Director, Business Group for Resourcery briefed the participants on Resourcery’s bank of solution offerings as well as their various benefits. Some of the solutions that were discussed were in the area of Storage, Business Voice Solutions, and Data Center solutions. Partners like Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft, CommScope, and Checkpoint were also mentioned as partners whom the company works with to bring tailored solutions to the Ghanaian industry.

    The West Africa Examination Council, Africa Online, Ghana Electoral Commission and Newmont Mining Company are some of the organizations that were represented at the seminar.

    Resourcery Plc began operations in Ghana in 2010 as a move towards delivering their services in the whole continent.

    Mr. Rex Mafiana, Country Manager for Ghana and Nigeria for NetAPP was the key speaker supported by the presales Engineer; Funmi Alamu. Mr. Mafiana briefed the participants on the NetApp Storage family, benefits of Storage, Virtualization, budgeting on storage, support, and training among others.

    A representative of Resourcery in Ghana described the seminar as a necessity which served as a platform for the industry to understand the ways in which the company can serve them better.

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    Symantec debuts with scalable storage services Technology

    Written by fortune News Mar 9, 2011

    Nigeria Best Forum Magazine

    Security, storage and systems management solutions provider, Symantec Corp. has released Symantec FileStore, a new solution enabling organizations to build scalable, high performance file based storage services for their enterprise, including private and public clouds. FileStore has already earned ground breaking results for file serving in Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) tests, far exceeding current benchmarks.

    A system using FileStore software yielded record results of 176,728 SPECsfs2008 nfs.v3 operations per second with an overall response time of 1.67ms in the tests. The FileStore results, using currently available software, demonstrated 47 percent greater throughput and 14 percent faster overall response time than the NetApp FAS6080 results posted in August 2009.

    Symantec currently deploys FileStore as the file based storage architecture in its own cloud services, with more than 40 petabytes of online storage for more than nine million active users, the largest SaaS storage environment in the world. Symantec also uses Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows and Veritas Cluster Server to manage this backup storage. With FileStore, Symantec delivers reliable, high performance online backup services at a fraction of the cost by driving up storage utilisation rates and eliminating planned downtime required to scale performance, capacity or daily administration tasks

    The Regional Director for Africa at Symantec, Mr. Gordon Love expressed satisfaction over the industry leading results and the unparalleled price performance advantages of the new software. “The SPECsfs benchmark demonstrates that FileStore software delivers the high performance today’s enterprises need for their cloud storage environments without locking them into an expensive, proprietary hardware infrastructure,” he said.

    Mr. Gordon further stated that, FileStore integrates natively with Symantec’s leading security and information management solutions, including Symantec NetBackup and Symantec Endpoint Protection. These services run directly on the FileStore nodes, thereby reducing performance bottlenecks, enhancing security and simplifying operations by eliminating the requirement for additional server and storage resources for backup and security. A single FileStore system scales up to 16 nodes, and 2 PB of total storage. The product is designed to scale from entry-level configurations in affordable increments that match the IT organisation’s need and budget

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    NetApp introduces storage management integration

    On July 27, 2010

    As part of its commitment to support the IT industry with innovative products,  NetApp exclusive distributor in Nigeria, has  announced new storage management integration for greater performance and scalability of VMware vSphere environments...

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    NetApp unveils sanscreen 6.0 to improve efficiency of vitalized data centers

    On June 29, 2010

    NetApp  and DataGroupIT, NetApp’s exclusive distributor in Nigeria, today has announced SANscreen  6.0, the latest edition of its award-winning storage management solution, to enable service providers and enterprises to optimize storage efficiency and performance across their entire virtualized infrastructures...

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    Checkpoint software technology debuts in Nigeria

    On June 22, 2010

    As part of its determination to take its solutions across the globe, the  worldwide leader in securing the Internet, Checkpoint last week  announced its operations in Nigeria...

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    NetApp, Microsoft unveil new data management

    On June 22, 2010

    Demonstrating continued momentum just six months after announcing its three-year strategic alliance with Microsoft, NetApp   and DataGroupIT, NetApp’s exclusive distributor in Nigeria,  has  announced tight integration with Microsof  technology to enable the growing number of joint customers and service providers to better optimize and evolve their infrastructure while dramatically reducing costs, streamlining management, and increasing business agility...

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    NetApp overtakes HP, Dell, Hitachi in storage, says IDC

    On June 15, 2010

    NetApp Inc has overtake its three rivals including HP, Dell and Hitachi in storage   to move into second place in the market for external data storage equipment, whose overall sales grew 17 percent to $5 billion in the first quarter, according to market researcher IDC...

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