VERITAS Software and Network Appliance Team to Deliver Proven Online Data Protection

Mountain View, CA and Sunnyvale, CA - March 20, 2002 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions, and VERITAS Software Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTS) today announced an advanced approach to enterprise data backup and recovery, allowing faster backup to disk and tape that reduces network overhead. This approach employs a two-tier data protection architecture utilizing VERITAS NetBackup software to consolidate backup from multiple storage systems to a Network Appliance NearStore R100 appliance before sending it to tape. Coupling these products allows customers to offload tape backup functions from the primary storage device to a centralized dedicated appliance, providing customers with improved storage performance and availability, simplified backup, and rapid data recovery.

"The combination of VERITAS NetBackup and Network Appliance NearStore R100 gives enterprise customers a robust and powerful data protection solution that reduces the impact of backups on ongoing business operations, and provides the ability to rapidly restore data," said Neal Ater, senior vice president, data protection group, VERITAS Software. "These products are tested for interoperability, offering time and cost savings by reducing management complexity and the threat of downtime."

"Network Appliance is working closely with VERITAS Software to deliver advanced, complementary solutions that ensure business continuance, but without adding unnecessary levels of complexity," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "Working closely with VERITAS ensures our products integrate effortlessly to meet the needs of enterprises today and tomorrow, and to safeguard the mission-critical data that keeps businesses running."

The NearStore R100 offers large storage capacities at a very attractive price point, making it well suited for enterprise applications such as backup consolidation and data recovery. Consolidating backup to NearStore simplifies the data archive management process by enabling customers to backup NetApp® filers and non-NetApp storage to a centralized repository before archiving to tape. NearStore R100 appliances provide customers with an easy-to-deploy and easy-to-manage solution that can seamlessly integrate with existing backup environments in global data infrastructures to improve overall performance.

VERITAS NetBackup is the industry's leading enterprise data protection solution providing centralized control from a single management interface. The multi-tier architecture of VERITAS NetBackup provides customers with fast, reliable, data-center strength backup and recovery that can protect environments that span terabytes to petabytes in size. Key features in VERITAS NetBackup include integrated storage area network (SAN) support, dynamic tape drive sharing, snapshot backup, server-free backup, disaster recovery support, and intuitive Java and Windows administrative interfaces. In addition to protecting data in a mixed UNIX®, Windows®, Linux®, and NetWare environment, VERITAS NetBackup provides advanced "database aware" solutions for all leading databases, such as Oracle®, IBM DB2, Informix, Sybase® and Microsoft® SQL Server.

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance, Inc., a leader in enterprise network storage, has been providing data access solutions since 1992 and is a member of both the S&P 500 and the 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 platforms (NetApp filers, NearStore, and NetCache® appliances) are coupled with powerful data management, content distribution, and reporting software, offering seamless storage management from the corporate data center to the remote office. 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 VERITAS Software

VERITAS Software Corporation (Nasdaq: VRTS) is the leading provider of storage management software for data protection, disaster recovery, storage virtualization, storage area networks and application availability. More than 86 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on VERITAS Software's solutions for interoperability across diverse applications, servers, hardware, and storage appliances. With 5,600+ employees in 33 countries and revenues of $1.5 billion in 2001, VERITAS Software ranks among the top 10 software companies in the world. The company's corporate headquarters is located at 350 Ellis Street, Mountain View, CA 94043. (650) 527-8000, fax: (650) 527-8050, e-mail:, Web site:

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