NetApp gets the bugs out

Network-attached storage giant Network Appliance, Inc., (NetApp) is teaming with three of the industry's top anti-virus companies to add anti-virus protection to NetApp's line of storage and content delivery products.

Under the new set of partnerships, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based NetApp will provide hardware and operating system support while McAfee Corp., Symantec Corp., and Trend Micro, Inc., will each drive integration, management, updates, and support for their respective anti-virus solutions. The ultimate goal of the effort, according to NetApp, is to let customers integrate their NetApp storage and content delivery solutions more quickly and easily with their existing anti-virus infrastructure.

"Extending our capabilities to provide next-generation value-added services that define enterprise-class functionality, performance, and availability is critically important," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing for NetApp. NetApp said that offering anti-virus functionality reinforces its emphasis on expanding its enterprise solutions portfolio, and enhances the company's "end-to-end" value proposition.

NetApp will allow on access anti-virus scanning, meaning that data and content files are scanned for viruses as they are opened or updated.

The new anti-virus capabilities are expected to include in the next major version of Data ONTAP software and is expected to ship in January 2001.

The NetApp product line uses the company's Data ONTAP operating system, as well as standards-compliant hardware. It also offers multiprotocol support and transparent integration for Unix and Windows environments.

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McAfee Corp.

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Trend Micro, Inc.

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