Datalink Corporation Joins Network Appliance STAR Storage Authorized Reseller Program

Sunnyvale, CA - September 17, 2002 -- Network Appliance Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of network storage solutions, today announced that Datalink Corporation, a leading information storage architect, has joined Network Appliance's STAR Storage Authorized Reseller program.

By participating in the Network Appliance™ STAR partner program, Datalink will be able to provide its customers with enterprise storage technologies and solutions that are simpler, more manageable, and faster to deploy than traditional storage solutions. In addition, the solutions offer increased availability and require fewer IT resources.

"By partnering with Network Appliance, Datalink will be able to offer storage solutions to meet customer needs ranging from storage consolidation, business continuance and high-performance data center operations to distributed enterprise applications," said Steve Howe, vice president of field operations at Datalink.

"The STAR partner program and initiatives are an important component of Network Appliance's strategy to attract and retain the industry's top storage-focused resellers," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "Offering the right tools and capabilities will help Datalink provide integrated storage and content delivery management solutions for any enterprise."

The STAR partner program offers qualified Network Appliance partners and resellers the opportunity to generate business and increase profits through enhanced technical support, marketing, and selling programs. By offering the latest storage solutions from Network Appliance, STAR partners help their customers achieve a competitive advantage, improved profitability, and faster time-to-market by exploiting untapped value within their IT infrastructures.

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance is a world leader in open network storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has pioneered technology, product, and partner firsts that continue to drive the evolution of storage.

About Datalink Corporation

Datalink Corporation is a leading information storage architect. The company analyzes, designs, implements, and supports information storage infrastructures that store, protect, and provide continuous access to information. Datalink's specialized capabilities and solutions span storage area networks, network-attached storage, direct-attached storage, and IP-based storage, using industry-leading hardware, software, and technical services. Recent news releases and other information are available at

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