On January 12 2011, NetApp announced that it is going to acquire Akorri. The significance of this can only be understood by first going through some background on Akorri.
Akorri was founded in 2005 by Rich Corley, a serial entrepreneur. Rich has a very deep background in storage and in particular in how storage performance impacts the performance of workloads that rely upon storage systems. At the time of the founding virtualization was not the overwhelming phenomena that it is today and the focus of Akorri was upon understanding how the intersection of storage performance and the performance of the rest of the infrastructure (servers and networks) impacted the performance of the overall system.