NetApp crowned "Storage Vendor of the Year" by industry peers

July 13, 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), the leader in advanced networked storage, has been awarded Storage Vendor of the Year and NAS Product of the Year for the NetApp® NearStore® R200 storage system at the Storage Awards: The Storries III. Judged by the readers of Storage Magazine, the UK's leading IT storage magazine, the Storage Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the UK storage industry.

Stuart Leigh, publisher of Storage Magazine, said: "The Storage readership voted in droves for NetApp. Of the 4,000 or so votes cast in the Storage Company of the year category, over 2500 of them voted for NetApp. This is reward for a company that is both a pioneer in a challenging, technology driven arena, and a company that continually produces quality products for a demanding market-place. To win one award is difficult, so winning two confirms that NetApp is firmly positioned at the top of the storage tree."

Mark Stevens, UK managing director at Network Appliance, said: "NetApp is thrilled to be recognised by our industry peers at this year's Storage Awards. To win the coveted category of Storage Vendor of the Year is testimony to the strength of the NetApp product portfolio plus the excellence of the NetApp Global Services (NGS) and support team."

Stevens continues: "NetApp storage has become a preferred solution for enterprise applications and database environments. This year's Storage Awards with the NetApp NearStore R200 storage system being awarded NAS Product of the Year for the second consecutive year demonstrates customer preference for NetApp data protection, compliance, and archival solutions.

NearStore R200 Storage System
The award-winning NetApp NearStore meets storage challenges by providing near-primary storage performance at near-tape storage costs by leveraging economical Serial ATA (SATA) disk drive technology. NearStore systems are highly scalable and flexible and are optimized for disk-to-disk backup, archival, and compliance solutions.

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