Network Appliance Expands Channel Programs to Enable Resellers to Offer Leading Network Storage Solutions

Sunnyvale, CA - September 17, 2002 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), a leading provider of network storage solutions, today announced the "STAR" Storage Authorized Reseller Program and expanded Platinum Reseller Program designed to help technology integrators enhance their Network Appliance storage offerings and grow their storage businesses through joint marketing, training, education, and support.

The latest storage solutions from Network Appliance are designed to enable STAR and Platinum partners to help their customers achieve competitive advantage, improved profitability, and faster time-to-market by exploiting untapped value within their IT infrastructures. The STAR and Platinum partner programs offer qualified Network Appliance partners the opportunity to generate business and increase profits through enhanced technical support and joint marketing, training, education, and selling programs.

"Our goal is to work closely with our resellers, offering their customers a new range of storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "These new solutions, combined with the right tools and capabilities, will enable Network Appliance and its partners to expand into new accounts and new markets."

STAR and Platinum technical support, marketing, and selling programs include:

  • A comprehensive certification program
  • Dedicated technical resources
  • Regional field technical support
  • Access to testing, demonstration and loaner equipment
  • Access to the award winning NOW™ (NetApp on the Web™)
  • Access to the NetApp national partner sales registration program
  • A dedicated marketing support team
  • Prequalified sales leads
  • Dedicated national partner managers and local channel teams

Network Appliance's first STAR authorized resellers include Datalink Corporation based in Chanhassen, MN and Forsythe Solutions Group Inc. based in Skokie, IL.

About Datalink Corporation

Datalink Corporation ( 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.

About Forsythe Solutions Group Inc.

Forsythe Solutions Group Inc. ( is a premier architect, builder, evaluator, and manager of the technology needed to run business. Forsythe serves the complete technology life cycle, including assessment, design, integration, management, and financing.

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.

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Marla Dierkes
Network Appliance, Inc.
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