NetApp Improves Enterprise Scalability and Routing

AUSTRALIA, Sydney - 15 March 2007 - Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced networked storage solutions, today announced the worldwide availability of two new Brocade Director blades: the 48-port 4Gbit/sec port blade and the FR4-18i router blade, both compatible with the Brocade 48000 Director. These offerings help meet the flexibility and investment protection needs of demanding storage area network (SAN) deployments and strengthen and extend the overall NetApp® SAN portfolio.

The Brocade 48000 Director, combined with the new 48-port blade, allows NetApp customers to scale non-disruptively up to as many as 384 concurrently active 4Gbit/sec full-duplex ports in a single domain, providing higher availability, reliability, and scalability. Increasing SAN connectivity options and improving resource utilization, the Brocade FR4-18i router blade enables customers to achieve a performance-enhanced implementation of Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) that delivers the industry-best throughput for transmitting SAN data over long-distance IP networks.

"Brocade has a long working relationship with NetApp to provide solutions that help customers consolidate and simplify their SANs," said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade vice president of Marketing. "The seamless scalability and best value for performance SANs that the NetApp FAS storage systems provides, especially the new FAS3070, complements the higher port count and performance-optimised routing blades of the Brocade 48000."

"NetApp is the fastest-growing FC SAN vendor in the market today and we continue to add to our FC SAN portfolio, enabling customers to consolidate their large-scale data centre environments and achieve optimal performance," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network Appliance.

"Our growth momentum in the FC SAN market in 2006 and continued leadership in iSCSI and NAS demonstrate that data centre customers find real value in our products and services," said Elisa Steele, vice president of Corporate Marketing at Network Appliance. "Our data centre solutions help our customers deliver outstanding business results every day with maximised productivity, increased availability, and reduced costs."

By deploying a flexible NetApp SAN infrastructure of hardware and software, organisations can easily move and share storage resources across the enterprise without adding significant administrative overhead. NetApp enterprise software enables a host of cost-effective storage solutions such as disaster recovery, compliance, archival, content management, and data security.

Plus, NetApp SAN design and implementation services are available and can assist customers in developing a well-documented design and detailed implementation plan when integrating NetApp FC SAN or IP SAN storage systems into existing IT environments. The service allows customers to achieve a smooth and efficient deployment, increases overall utilization, and, in most cases, provides near-zero downtime during integration. For more information on NetApp services, visit www.netapp.com/support.

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