When NetApp became a public company on the Nasdaq stock exchange in 1995, Internet users numbered close to 45 million—a mere 1.5 percent of the nearly 3 billion Internet users recorded in 2014. That in turn is a mere drop in the ocean compared to the 25 billion things that Gartner predicts will be connected to the Internet by 2020, generating huge volumes of data.
These are staggering changes over two decades—both in the role data plays in our personal lives and in how data affects the way we conduct business. It is data that helps companies serve customers better. It is data that helps IT transform business operations. It is data that helps businesses realize the promise of a global, integrated network with access to the world.
Across the globe, leading organizations count on NetApp for software, systems, and services to manage and store their data. Just like data, NetApp continues to evolve, helping its customers make a difference with their data and create better experiences and outcomes for their own customers.
To demonstrate how times have changed, the infographic below features a snapshot of data growth and how it has affected our personal lives and some of the world's largest business industries over NetApp’s 20 years as a public company.
In celebration of that achievement, NetApp CEO George Kurian, customers, and employees are participating in the Nasdaq Opening Bell ceremony today, Jan. 26, 2016 in New York at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time.