NetApp Inc was incorporated in California in April 1992. It is a provider of storage and data management software, systems and services. Its storage solutions helps customers create the flexible, efficient and highly available IT infrastructures they need to support their organizations. Its unified scale-out fabric-attached storage (FAS) platform is designed to meet the demanding requirements of shared infrastructures and cloud environments. Its E-Series high-performance storage area network (SAN) platform is designed to meet demanding performance and capacity requirements while retaining simplicity and an optimized price to performance ratio. It sells to a variety of customers, with a corresponding variety of sales cycles. In addition, the majority of its sales are made indirectly through channel partners, including value-added resellers, systems integrators, distributors, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and strategic business partners. The Company's main competitors include EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, and IBM. In the healthcare, financial services, life sciences, and service provider markets, it competes mainly with EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, and IBM. The Company's main tradearks or registered trademarks are NetApp, the NetApp logo, Data ONTAP, Data Motion, FlexClone, Flash Accel, Flash Cache, Flash Pool, FlashRay, FlexShare, FlexPod, FlexVol, FilerView, MetroCluster, MultiStore, OnCommand, RAID-DP, SANtricity, SnapDrive, SnapLock, SnapManager, SnapMirror, SnapProtect, Snapshot, SnapRestore, SnapVault, StorageGRID, and WAFL. The Company is subject to other federal, state and local regulations regarding workplace safety and protection of the environment.