Happy Feet, Happy Animators, Happy Solutions with Network Appliance

Sydney, Australia - 18 January 2007 - Network Appliance (NetApp) today announced that Animal Logic, producers of the new hit movie Happy Feet, relied on NetApp® storage and data management solutions to store, manage, protect and access data whilst making the animated film. Animal Logic created a fully animated movie with remarkable visuals and effects that required simplified storage architecture with consistent high performance and scalability.

Animal Logic used NetApp fabric-attached storage (FAS) systems holding over 300TB of data in a mix of primary storage and secondary storage for archival. The NetApp solution provides the production house with high-performance, reliable and cost-effective storage to accelerate the delivery of its digital effects.

Backed by the high performance and robust nature of NetApp storage systems, Animal Logic has continued to push the boundaries of computer-generated animation in movies like The Matrix Reloaded, Lord of the Rings and Moulin Rouge!, TV programs such as David Tench Tonight and television commercials such as the award-winning Carlton United 'Big Ad'.

Over time, animation has evolved from an entertainment alternative produced primarily for children to an industry targeting a much broader audience. As the animation industry has grown, digital production houses have looked to technological improvements to help meet the increasing demands. For production houses like Animal Logic, success would be far more difficult without a highly responsive and highly available storage network and software applications that can adapt to greater demands. Industry specialists consider that animation is amongst the most demanding applications for storage system in terms of performance, with 1000s of concurrent processors accessing and storing data at any point in time.

The success of Animal Logic and its resulting dramatic growth has led to the creation of hundreds of terabytes of data that needs to be stored, managed and easily accessible.

Xavier Desdoights, Director of Technical Operations at Animal Logic said, "Audiences expect us to deliver breakthrough visual effects and animation, and as such, our films are incredibly complex to create. In the animation business, with its short delivery lead times, it's absolutely vital that data is readily accessible. We continue to use NetApp as it can handle the highly intensive applications required to create animation such as Happy Feet.

"NetApp offers a reliable and simple management interface and they understand the post-production sector and its tight deadlines. Providing around the clock support, as well as reliability and scalability are important factors for us and NetApp delivered consistently."

Mark Heers, Director, Marketing and Alliances ANZ, said, "Animal Logic's creative team can't have their time and creative energy hampered by dealing with performance, management or scalability issues. NetApp is trusted in the animation and rich media industry because of the simplicity, performance and reliability our storage solutions provide."

About Animal Logic
One of the world's most highly respected digital production companies, Animal Logic produces award-winning design, animation and visual effects solutions for the film, television and advertising industries. The company has a studio in Sydney, Australia and a production office in Los Angeles. Information about Animal Logic is available at www.animallogic.com.

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Press Contacts:
Mark Heers
Director Marketing and Alliance
Network Appliance
Tel: +61 2 9979 5623
mheers@netapp.com

Rachel York
Max Australia
Tel: +61 2 9954 3492
Rachel.york@maxaustralia.com.au