IBM and Network Appliance Join Forces for Integrated Content Delivery and Streaming Media Platform

Sunnyvale, CA - September 26, 2002 -- IBM and Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), announced today an expanded agreement to provide enterprises and service providers with interoperable, cost-effective, plug-and-play content delivery network (CDN) solutions.

The agreement builds on previous alliances between the two companies, and combines IBM's middleware, servers, and services with Network Appliance™ content delivery appliances and software, establishing a CDN reference architecture that simplifies the creation, management, archiving, and delivery of all types of digital content.

The reference architecture is based on integration and interoperability testing to ensure ease of deployment and operation. The solutions can be used for business applications such as enterprise intranet portals, streaming media applications, acceleration of business applications including ERP/CRM, and consumer pay-per-view services.

"This partnership affirms IBM's commitment to content delivery and streaming media technologies. Projects like enterprise communications, corporate training, distance learning, and document dissemination can all benefit from a solid, interoperable content delivery platform," said Scott Burnett, marketing director, IBM Digital Media. "This blueprint expands on IBM's Digital Media Factory Framework and delivers solid, easy-to-use content delivery solutions, supporting a wide variety of digital media business models."

The IBM and Network Appliance reference architecture will enable users to distribute and store content on NetApp® NetCache® appliances at the edge of the network to accelerate access to digital media assets by employees, partners, and customers. The system is designed to handle HTML and XML Web content, documents, and images in any digital form, and the most popular IP-based streaming media formats, including MPEG4.

"With the reference architecture in place, customers now have an integrated and tested solution that they have been demanding," said Amit Pandey, senior director, Content Delivery at Network Appliance. "Network Appliance and IBM have taken an important step together to accelerate the adoption of media technologies by creating and delivering fully integrated solutions that greatly simplify the deployment process."

The solution will be sold and supported by experts from both IBM Digital Media and IBM Global Services' Content Networking Services Group, as well as Network Appliance. The reference architecture is based on IBM xSeries Servers, IBM WebSphere, IBM ContentManager, and IBM services, coupled with Network Appliance NetCache content delivery appliances and management software, including ContentDirector™, and DataFabric™ Manager.

About IBM Digital Media

With a leading reputation and one of the largest service organizations worldwide, IBM Global Services provides the people, technology, and consulting services that companies need to achieve real business results in e-business, outsourcing, system integration, business transformation, education, and networking. The IBM Digital Media Factory Framework incorporates an open and standards-based framework that enables the IBM e-business infrastructure to create, manage, and deliver unstructured content. Additional information on IBM's strategy for Digital Media can be found at www.ibm.com/industries/digitalmedia.

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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