Independent Third-Party Study Concludes Network Appliance™ Storage System "Significantly Outperforms" Competitive Offering

Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 7, 2004 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, today announced the results of a competitive analysis report conducted by VeriTest, the testing division of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc., in which the performance of the NetApp® F825c high-availability storage system was compared with that of the Dell/EMC CX600 storage server. According to the report, the NetApp F825c performed up to 3.89 times faster than the competitors tested, depending on configuration and workload.

The competitive analysis testing focused on the random-access workloads that online applications typically encounter in a simulated online transaction processing (OLTP) environment and was completed in both Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage networks. Although the two systems had similar disk storage configurations, the NetApp F825c outperformed the Dell/EMC CX600 by more than 2X. Specifically, the VeriTest report stated that the NetApp F825c was 2.27 times faster than the Dell/EMC CX600 when configured for RAID-0/1 on a 50/50 4KB random read/write workload and 3.89 times faster when configured for RAID-0/1 on random writes.

"These real-world testing scenarios are similar to the challenges our customers face on a daily basis," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Network Appliance. "This study highlights that NetApp yet again offers affordable enterprise-class performance to best meet the storage needs of our customers for maximum simplicity, flexibility, and low cost."

About VeriTest
VeriTest, the testing division of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:LIOX), is the industry's most trusted brand for high-quality, cost-effective outsourced testing, competitive analysis and certification services. With datacenter-equipped labs in North America, Europe and Asia, VeriTest provides a range of testing services that enable clients to ensure quality, usability, interoperability and performance of products, applications, Web sites and systems. VeriTest also provides certification and competitive analysis services that give customers assurance that the products and systems they are buying meet strict, industry-defined standards for quality and deliver measurable performance against industry standards and competitive offerings. With VeriTest services from Lionbridge, customers have a single global outsourcing partner to support the entire lifecycle of their enterprise applications, from development to localization, to testing and maintenance.

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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