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World Wide Technology Strengthens its Enterprise Storage Solutions Portfolio with NetApp Flash Array

World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), a market-leading systems integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions, today expanded its Enterprise Storage portfolio by committing to sell and support the comprehensive NetApp portfolio of flash solutions, including the new NetApp EF540 flash array. Through this offering, WWT can help its customers maximize the value of flash across the entire IT stack, improving application performance and responsiveness while significantly improving the overall efficiency of data center operations.

“WWT is leveraging cutting-edge technologies like enterprise flash storage to accelerate application performance and lower costs for enterprises harnessing cloud computing, virtualization and big data,” said Bob Olwig, vice president of business strategy with WWT. “As a longstanding NetApp Star Partner, we have always worked closely with NetApp to deliver solutions that are simpler, more manageable and faster to deploy than traditional enterprise storage products. The recent NetApp enterprise flash announcement demonstrates their storage and data management leadership and provides us with a new set of products to help our customers meet their business goals and mission critical IT needs.”

The NetApp flash solutions portfolio spans the IT stack – from server to storage – and include both hybrid as well as all SSD storage offerings to solve the broadest range of business challenges. The NetApp portfolio improves I/O performance and accelerates response times for a variety of applications, including database acceleration; server and desktop virtualization; and cloud infrastructure. NetApp flash solutions help customers speed overall IT performance; improve utilization of data center space; and reduce power and cooling costs.

“The new NetApp EF540 flash array and proven portfolio of storage and data management products deliver business results faster, stop over-provisioning and dramatically improve the ROI of IT investments,” said Todd Palmer, vice president, Americas Channel Sales, NetApp. “We are pleased to count World Wide Technology as an early supporter of our new flash products, as WWT’s sales, engineering and support teams consistently demonstrate a commitment to innovation as well as delivering and supporting the very latest technology solutions that can have a positive impact on the mission-critical IT environments of their customers.”

WWT specializes in delivering and supporting advanced technology solutions in the areas of data center and virtualization; mobility and borderless networks; unified communications and collaboration; and security. The company brings a new way of thinking and a proven approach to how organizations evaluate, architect and implement technology. Through its Advanced Technology Center, WWT provides its customers with technical and engineering expertise and hands on access to the latest technology products and solutions. WWT also offers a complete array of configuration and integration services and a full suite of advanced logistics, inventory management and supply chain solutions.

About WWT (www.wwt.com)

World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) is a $5 billion systems integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to the commercial, government and telecom sectors. The company brings to market a powerful blend of knowledge, infrastructure and technology to help its customers evaluate, architect and implement technology products and solutions. Based in St. Louis, WWT works closely with industry leaders including Boeing (NYSE: BA); Dell (NASDAQ: DELL); Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO); EMC (NYSE: EMC); HP (NYSE: HPQ); AT&T Inc., (NYSE: ATT); VMware (NYSE: VMW); Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS); NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP); Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and the U.S. Air Force. WWT employs over 2,200 people and operates more than 2 million square-feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world. For more information on World Wide Technology, visit www.wwt.com.

About NetApp

NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com. Use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership between NetApp and any other company.

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