Network Appliance shows strongest growth in storage software

July 11, 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced it has shown the strongest market share growth among the top 10 vendors of storage software and has moved into the top four vendors for market share in 2005. According to Gartner's report "Market Share: Storage Management Software, Worldwide, 2005,"[1] the total market for new license revenue in 2004 to 2005 grew at a rate of 8.8 per cent, with NetApp beating the market with a growth rate of 42.3 per cent for the same period. For the third year in a row, this was the fastest growth rate among the top 10 vendors in the space and for the first year places NetApp in the top four, with a total overall market share of 6.5 per cent.

In core storage management, a subset of the overall storage software market, NetApp moved up to number three, with 13.8 per cent of the market, and grew at a rate of 33.4 per cent from 2004 to 2005 based on new license revenue, beating overall market growth, which was 0.1 per cent year over year.

Finally, in the data replication software segment, another subset of the overall storage software market, NetApp further reinforced the number two position with 16.4 per cent of the market, growing 47.9 per cent year over year from 2004 to 2005, versus total segment growth of 16.2 per cent based on new license revenue.

Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network Appliance, said: "Customers continue to discover and reap the benefits of NetApp software, helping them to safeguard and simplify data management processes. We believe the results of this report demonstrate the value customers recognize in our unique ability to provide high-performance software in the data centre and remote offices for their primary, backup, data protection, compliance, and archiving needs at a truly compelling price."

For more information regarding the Gartner 2005 storage software market share report visit Gartner at www.gartner.com

[1]Gartner Dataquest, "Market Share: Storage Management Software, Worldwide, 2005," Aman Munglani and Nikhil Pank, June 28, 2006.

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