NetApp Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in Midrange Enterprise Disk Arrays Magic Quadrant

Evaluation based on completeness of vision and ability to execute

Sydney, Australia - 21 November , 2008 - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant for midrange enterprise disk arrays. In a recently released research note, "Magic Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Array,"1 Gartner asserts, "Vendors in the Leaders quadrant have the highest scores for their ability to execute and completeness of vision. A midrange disk array storage vendor in the Leaders quadrant has the market share, credibility, and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. They demonstrate a clear understanding of market needs; they are innovators and thought leaders; and, they have well-articulated plans that customers and prospects can use when designing their storage infrastructures and strategies. In addition, they have a presence in the five major geographical regions, consistent financial performance, and broad platform support."

"We consider our positioning in the Leaders quadrant by Gartner confirmation of the value of NetApp's innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost effectiveness for customers," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing, NetApp. "Our unified storage solutions help our customers transform their data centres into competitive business advantage by virtualising their assets and reducing ongoing costs."

Companies improve data centre efficiency with innovative NetApp® storage technology and products such as seamless integration with server and desktop virtualization, deduplication on primary and secondary data, thin provisioning, RAID-DP®, and flexible cloning. NetApp continues to focus on unified storage architecture, which uses a single platform and set of processes for all data management functions, including backup and disaster recovery. The result is complete compatibility that allows companies to manage more data with fewer resources.

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About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted November 12, 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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1 Magic Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Arrays by Roger Cox, Stan Zaffos, and Pushan Rinnen, November 2008.

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