EYT and Network Appliance Form Strategic Alliance

Chantilly, VA and Sunnyvale, CA - February 19, 2002 -- EYT, formerly Ernst & Young Technologies, and Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP), the leading provider of data access and content delivery solutions, today announced the two companies have teamed to offer affordable storage-on-demand solutions (SODS), a cost-effective alternative to buying and supporting enterprise storage solutions. Together, the companies will further enable businesses, in both the commercial and government sectors, to take full advantage of network storage capacity for a variety of e-business applications.

Through the alliance, the NetApp® Center-to-Edge™ storage solutions will provide customers of both EYT and Network Appliance with seamless data management from the back-end data center to the edge of the network quickly, simply, and reliably.

As a leading solutions integrator and service provider, EYT will work with Network Appliance to pre-configure and deliver the NetApp Center-to-Edge solution to customer locations; delivering storage based on customers' specific needs. EYT's extensive configuration and solution support capabilities ensure customers will be able to begin using the custom-configured and integrated solution almost immediately. EYT's full-service approach includes a wide range of services, including integration, monitoring and management, technical expertise, and round-the-clock support.

"Today, businesses require customized storage solutions that can easily scale to fit their changing needs," said Jay Chabrow, president and general manager, Network Appliance Federal Systems. "No one is better situated to bring this solution to these customers than Network Appliance and EYT. The combined NetApp and EYT storage-on-demand solution provides businesses a cost-effective way to gain the quality and flexibility they need in their storage solutions-exactly when they need it."

"Our partnership with Network Appliance around the SODS solution will give our joint customers a solid competitive advantage in today's fast-changing marketplace," said EYT president and CEO, Jim Hunt. "With the affordable 'use-what-you-need' approach to storage, companies can be assured that they are maximizing their storage dollars while staying in full control of their data."

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance, Inc., a leader in network data storage and content delivery, has been providing data access solutions since 1992, and is a member of both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 index. Major corporations and service providers, including Citicorp Securities, Lockheed, Merrill Lynch, Oracle, Texas Instruments, and Yahoo! utilize NetApp global data management solutions.

The company pioneered the concept of the "network appliance," an extension of the industry trend toward dedicated, specialized products that perform a single function. NetApp storage and content delivery platforms (filers and NetCache® appliances) are coupled with powerful content distribution and reporting software. This Center-to-Edge solution offers seamless data management from the back-end data center to the edge of the network quickly, simply, and reliably. The Network Appliance™ product portfolio utilizes the company's innovative data access software, known as the Data ONTAP™ operating system, as well as standards-compliant hardware. It also offers multiprotocol support and transparent integration for UNIX® and Windows® environments.

About EYT

EYT, formerly Ernst & Young Technologies, is a solutions integrator and managed services provider that implements, develops, hosts, and supports business-critical applications for clients worldwide. EYT accelerates application implementations by providing complete end-to-end hosting from development to production with its Internet-based solution offerings. In addition, EYT serves as a single source of accountability for the procurement, configuration, integration, and delivery of hundreds of best-of-breed technology products. For more information on EYT visit http://www.epartnersolutions.com/newsroom/pressrelease.aspx?pr=15. (A Charterhouse Equity Partners III, L.P. Portfolio Company.)

Press Contacts:

Adam Trunkey
Network Appliance, Inc.
(408) 822-6314
atrunkey@netapp.com

Doug Larkin
D. Larkin & Associates for EYT
(703) 250-3590
dlarkin@dlarkin.com