StorageTek and Network Appliance Team to Deliver Proven Backup and Restore Solutions

Louisville, CO and Sunnyvale, CA - March 20, 2002 -- StorageTek® (Storage Technology Corp., NYSE: STK), an expert in high-performance, efficient digitized data storage, and Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions, today announced that StorageTek automated tape library systems have been qualified to provide backup and restore functionality for the Network Appliance NearStore R100.

All currently offered StorageTek tape libraries are now qualified for backup and restore functionality for Network Appliance Filers including Network Appliance NearStore Solution configurations. Users may therefore enjoy the cost-effective storage capacity and data management benefits of Network Appliance NearStore solutions and the proven, secure data backup and restore functionality of StorageTek tape automation systems.

This joint effort delivers a complete data storage solution that meets the needs of all network storage environments. The combination of StorageTek automated tape products and Network Appliance NearStore R100 provides customers with easy-to-deploy and easy-to-manage solutions that scale quickly to meet the ever-growing demands of customers at a competitive price point.

In addition, customers now enjoy an even wider choice in tape drive technology. The StorageTek T9840A, T9840B, and T9940 tape drives have been qualified using both fibre channel and SCSI interfaces in Network Appliance environments. Other tape drive technologies that have been qualified include the Seagate LTO, IBM LTO SCSI, IBM LTO Fibre Channel, Quantum DLT 7000/8000 and Quantum Super DLT.

"StorageTek's support for NetApp NearStore products provides customers advanced data protection and high availability," said Paul Hansen, senior director of product marketing at Network Appliance. "StorageTek's support for our latest solutions gives enterprises the flexibility to cost-effectively protect their data, using proven technologies that work together seamlessly. This reduces administration overhead as well as total cost of ownership."

"We are excited about the results achieved with Network Appliance in qualifying our full range of tape libraries," said Pete Koliopoulos, StorageTek director of product marketing, Automated Tape Solutions. "This effort enables our tape libraries to be further utilized across multiple systems and environments. The combination of our extensive tape library family with the numerous qualified tape drive technologies assures our customers the best tape backup and restore solution for their unique environments. This effort enforces our commitment to providing cost effective, high-performance and scalable tape backup solutions."

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 StorageTek

StorageTek (NYSE: STK), a $2 billion worldwide company with headquarters in Louisville, Colo., delivers a broad range of storage solutions for digitized data. StorageTek solutions are easy to manage and allow universal access to data across servers, media types and storage networks. StorageTek is the innovator and global leader in virtual storage solutions for tape automation, disk storage systems and storage networking and is a voting member of the SNIA. Because of StorageTek, customers can manage and leverage their digital assets as their businesses grow and can maximize IT productivity to ensure enterprise-class business continuity. For more information, see, or call 1.800.786.7835.

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