IBM will be rolling out their own line of machines, and that means that the support available for their N Series machines will start to fade away. While they will still likely offer support for the DS Series, as they will still be using them, it will get more and more difficult to find help when you have an N Series machine. Naturally, choosing to move to or upgrade with NetApp makes more sense, as they are the makers of the servers. They are able to provide high quality, continued support throughout the life of the product.
These are some of the most important reasons that a large number of companies today are considering working with NetApp instead of seeing what IBM’s new machines.