NetApp announces industry's first integration of leading backup applications with VTL appliance

July 19, 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced an industry first as it collaborates with leading backup application vendors to integrate their solutions with NetApp NearStore VTL Shadow Tape technology. The integration will significantly accelerate and streamline enterprise data recovery, while integrating seamlessly with users' current backup application catalog and tape off-siting policies to provide customers with unmatched simplicity and ease of management for their data backup, recovery and protection processes.

NetApp NearStore VTL Shadow Tape technology will specifically integrate with Veritas NetBackup, the market leading backup solution from Symantec.

Matt Kixmoeller, senior director of product management for the NetBackup product line at Symantec, said: "NetApp and Symantec continue to deliver innovative and flexible data protection solutions that address customers' needs and demonstrate the value of a leading backup software provider collaborating with a leader in storage systems innovation. The new Shadow Tape feature extends the value of our customers' investments in NetBackup software by automating the rapid retrieval of backup data from disk."

In addition to NetBackup, NetApp Shadow Tape technology will also integrate with backup technologies from BakBone, CommVault and Syncsort (see attached quote sheet).

Enterprise storage users currently rank integration with backup software as the most important functionality in a VTL, based on the recent Storage Wave 7 study from TheInfoPro, Inc. (www.theinfopro.net). Backup application-VTL integration (from NetApp and its partners) will automate a recovery process that is currently manual, enabling customers to instantaneously restore backup data from disk that has already been written to physical tapes and shipped to off-site storage, all in a way that is fully compatible with the backup application catalog. The open approach NetApp is taking by working with leading backup application vendors will allow customers to benefit from disk-to-disk backup technology without changing their existing backup processes, dramatically simplifying customer adoption of D2D backup technology into their enterprise backup environments.

Mike Karp, senior analyst, Enterprise Management Associates, said: "As a result of tight integration between backup applications and VTL solutions, enterprise customers are realising that integration is a key ingredient to streamlining the success of their backups. A cost-effective, efficient VTL solution means faster and more complete operations while at the same time protecting the customer's preexisting investment in scripts, procedures and policies. IT sites can continue to utilise their backup applications as the control point for backup and recovery operations."

Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Alliances Marketing at Network Appliance, said: "We continue our tradition of openness and proven history of working closely with partners to provide customers with flexibility by supporting whatever backup application they use. NetApp will continue to aggressively add value to the NearStore VTL platform to improve the economics of backup and recovery for traditional tape environments. Once integration is complete, customers will benefit from simpler management, faster access to backup data and improved service levels for corporate IT users."

About NetApp Shadow Tape Technology on NearStore VTL
NetApp NearStore VTL is a dedicated, enterprise-class storage appliance that emulates physical tape libraries, stores large capacities of backup data on disk and automatically copies data to physical tape under backup application control within any open systems storage environment. NearStore VTL is a disk-to-disk backup solution for all open systems enterprise primary storage, including EMC, Hitachi and IBM storage environments.

NetApp Shadow Tape technology on NearStore VTL automatically caches backups onto disk, helping to achieve fast restores for backups that have already been off-sited on physical tape while seamlessly integrating within the management framework of integrated backup applications. Shadow Tape increases the value of disk-to-disk backup by improving recovery service levels and reducing management costs. Shadow Tape technology is available today on the NearStore VTL600 and VTL1200. For more details on NearStore VTL, including how the solution achieves flagship performance and tape economies, go to www.netapp.com/products/storage-systems/nearstore-vtl/.

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Supporting Partners

BakBone
"BakBone has a track record of working closely with NetApp to pioneer industry leading solutions to end user data protection challenges," said Jeff Drescher, director of product management, BakBone. "NetVault Backup support for NetApp Shadow Tape technology enables customers to realise cost and efficiency improvements in two key areas of the backup process; offsite tape creation and the recovery of critical backup data - even after the tapes have left the premises."

CommVault
"CommVault is working closely with NetApp to support the new NearStore VTL Shadow Tape feature in our QiNetix suite of Unified Data Management solutions," said David West, Vice President, marketing and business development, CommVault. "CommVault Galaxy Backup & Restore software, paired with NetApp Shadow Tape technology, offers reliable, cost-effective enterprise-level data protection for customers adding disk-to-disk capability, while preserving investments in existing tape infrastructure. Customers will benefit from the fast data recovery offered by VTLs and the ability to automatically create physical tapes for offsite storage offered by NearStore VTL when using CommVault's centralised, browser-based management console."

Syncsort
"Syncsort and NetApp are working closely to simplify the backup and recovery process of our customers with heterogeneous SAN environments," said Harvey Tessler, director of marketing at Syncsort. "Backup Express support for NearStore VTL and shadow tapes directly addresses common customer concerns when implementing disk-to-disk backups: seamless integration with their backup/recovery application and schedule and fast and reliable recovery of backup data."