Northern receives coveted challenger designation in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for SRM

REPORT UNDERSCORES STRENGTHS OF NORTHERN STORAGE SUITE: LARGE CUSTOMER BASE, EASY TO INSTALL AND MANAGE, FAST PERFORMANCE

Stockholm, 2010-10-20: NORTHERN, global providers of flexible, easy-to-administer solutions for managing user-generated data, today announces that it was recognized in the 2010 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software. Northern outstripped other SRM vendors in its completeness of vision, its ability to execute, and its ability to identify and resolve customer pain points in joining such vendors as HP and Symantec in receiving the "Challenger" designation. The Gartner report cited Northern’s strengths and the capabilities of its flagship Northern Storage Suite:

  • Simple product to install, implement, roll out, and manage, leading to low operational costs and improved storage administrator productivity.
  • Improved, faster client-scanning architecture and ability to identify files for archiving.
  • Expanding number of customers, with a large installed base of over 28,000 customers.


"Northern remains committed to customer satisfaction and ongoing product innovation, which is reflected in the latest Magic Quadrant for SRM," said Northern CEO Thomas Vernersson. "The report emphasizes Northern's ability to provide best-in-class controls to constrain the growth of user data, maximize investments in storage infrastructure, and bring clarity and simplicity to enterprise storage management. This recognition from the analyst industry’s most respected analyst firm serves as further proof that we are "doing the right thing" in helping our customers identify and resolve their pain points—which has always been our focus and the very thing that drives us to innovate and evolve our solutions."

Gartner, a leading technology analyst firm, defines SRM as products that provide data collection and automation agents that consolidate and operate on information from multiple platforms supporting storage management tools on multiple OSs, storage products, and SAN devices. Key functions include capacity reporting/analysis, performance reporting/analysis, capacity/performance management automation, storage provisioning, storage management product integration, application and database integration, and hardware integration. This Gartner Magic Quadrant provides guidance for organizations that are seeking to manage their shared-storage environments. It positions vendors based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Northern Storage Suite is a software solution that enables organizations to constrain data growth, align the value of data with the cost of storage, and extend the life of storage infrastructure, making efficient storage usage a part of business culture. This is achieved through five areas of functionality; award-winning quotas, comprehensive reporting & trending, internal billing, automation & migration, and an end-user portal that encourages self-management. Northern Storage Suite provides multi-platform support, seamlessly integrating with NAS devices and SANs; there are also specific versions of the suite for EMC Celerra and NetApp NAS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Gunnar Bohlin, VP Marketing
Phone: +46 8-457 50 42
E-mail: gunnar.bohlin@northern.net

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ABOUT NORTHERN
Northern is an international software company specializing in the development of reliable, flexible and easy to use solutions for storage management. Worldwide over 28,000 organizations and more than half of the companies on Fortune Global 100 use Northern software to bring control and order to their storage environments. The company serves a global market through its six bases of operations, United States [Boston, MA], [Tampa, FL], Sweden [Stockholm], France [Paris], United Kingdom [London], and Italy [Turin]. For more information, visit: www.northern.net.

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