NetApp Expands Channel Program
Well, hello, RCP
Editor in Chief Scott Bekker. Perhaps you have some
news about NetApp
Network storage vendor NetApp this week launched an expansion of its channel
program in a bid to expand its market share against EMC and other storage vendors
by giving its partners the tools to deliver more profitable services surrounding
NetApp's storage devices and software. Of the four initial service focus areas
for NetApp partners in the program, one is specifically for Microsoft applications.
The new NetApp channel program is called the Authorized Professional Service
Partner Program. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company, which on Wednesday announced
21 percent revenue growth for the quarter, claims about 1,000 partners worldwide
in its long-standing channel program, with indirect sales accounting for about
70 percent of the company's revenues.
Rick DeTurck, senior director of services marketing for NetApp, said that NetApp
hopes to bring about a quarter of its channel partners into the Authorized Professional
Service network in the first year, and up to half of its partners into the program
At the same time, the company is trying to bring in systems integrators who
haven't worked with NetApp. "We absolutely expect that this will attract
partners from other vendors into the NetApp ecosphere," DeTurck said.
DeTurck estimated that a third to a half of existing NetApp partners also belong
to the Microsoft Partner Program. "There's a fairly good overlap,"
he said. "The thing about NetApp is that the Microsoft applications really
do well on NetApp storage. We've customized our software to take advantage of
[Microsoft] operating system and the applications, so they can do snapshots
and backup recovery and instantaneous recovery of mailboxes for Exchange or
Web sites for SharePoint."
According to NetApp's announcement, partners who meet the authorization requirements
can sell partner-branded professional services of NetApp technologies; specialize
in a NetApp solution area; and gain access to training, methodologies and best
practices. The solution areas are based on practice areas that NetApp's internal
professional services team has already implemented with customers.
The first set of specialty solution areas for partners are:
- storage system design and implementation
- network storage for virtualized infrastructure
- virtual tape library design and implementation
- Microsoft applications
Later, NetApp plans to roll out specialty solutions for the channel in disaster
recovery, backup and recovery, metrocluster, security encryption, and data assessment.
Posted by Lee Pender on February 14, 2008 at 11:54 AM