Home Improvement Power Tool Company Builds ‘Drill-Proof’ Protection for Mission-Critical SAP® Solutions Environment with Network Appliance

Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 6, 2004 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that TTI-North America's Hardware Group, a leading manufacturer of power tools and outdoor products, selected NetApp enterprise storage to manage and protect application data for its busy SAP® solutions environment. TTI-North American global brand portfolio includes Ryobi® power tools, Homelite® and Ryobi® outdoor power equipment. NetApp is helping TTI-North America make sure that when it receives client orders for power tools or outdoor products, that the orders are processed efficiently, are readily available for reviewing and sharing, and the data is protected from loss and corruption.

TTI-North America required a flexible consolidated storage environment that reduced complexity, was easy to manage, and helped them to rapidly address new and evolving business requirements. TTI-North America also wanted to update its backup and recovery strategy to a disk-based backup solution. TTI-North America selected NetApp to replace its existing storage infrastructure for heightened customer satisfaction and increased performance transactions in SAP solutions. NetApp now protects TTI-North America's SAP solutions environment seamlessly at every level, with 11TB of NetApp unified storage deployed to provide high availability storage for SAP solutions, its underlying Oracle® Databases, and other applications.

"The reliability of NetApp storage helps ensure that our data is immune to hardware failure," said David Burlingame, ERP Systems Manager for TTI-North America. "Regular Snapshot™ copies take only 30-seconds to create, protecting us from application and user errors. Additionally, SnapVault™ provides high-speed, disk-based backups to protect against any unplanned events that threaten taking down our system, while SnapMirror® protects us against a site-wide disaster. All this happens automatically, reducing our administrative burden while eliminating the potential for degraded performance during backup. Backups now take only 30 seconds. The NetApp solution is so easy to manage that although our storage has tripled, we have not had to add any additional staff to manage our storage infrastructure. The fact that we get all this from a single vendor is impressive."

The integrated NetApp Snapshot feature provides consistent, point-in-time copies of data every two hours, with NetApp SnapRestore® for immediate recovery. High-performance, disk-based backups are performed nightly to a NetApp NearStore® system with NetApp SnapVault software. For disaster recovery, TTI-North America added a second NearStore system at its disaster recovery facility, located 35 miles from its primary data center. NetApp SnapMirror software asynchronously copies critical data between locations to protect against site-wide disasters.

"NetApp offers a unique value proposition for SAP and Oracle users such as TTI-North America's Hardware Group," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Marketing at Network Appliance. "We remain committed to delivering the utmost data availability at the lowest total cost of ownership in mission-critical ERP environments by eliminating both planned and unplanned downtime. NetApp partners closely with Oracle, SAP, and other database and application players to ensure that our products, support, and services work seamlessly to exceed the expectations of our customers."

About TTI-North America's Hardware Group
TTI North America's Hardware Group is part of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. ( "TTI") (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY). Founded in 1985, TTI is a leading marketer, manufacturer and supplier of home improvement and floor care products, employing over 16,000 people worldwide.
TTI's global brand portfolio includes Ryobi® power tools, Homelite® and Ryobi® outdoor power equipment, Royal®, Dirt Devil®, Regina® and VAX® floor care appliances. TTI has enjoyed continuous growth since its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1990, achieving double-digit growth for nine consecutive years. TTI is one of the constituent stocks on the Hang Seng HK MidCap Index under the Hang Seng Composite Index, the MSCI Hong Kong Index, the FTSE All-World Hong Kong Index and the FTSE/Hang Seng Asian Cyclical Index. For more information, please visit www.ttigroup.com.

About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data -intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts that continue to drive "The evolution of storage.™" Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.

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