Network Appliance Partnerships Strengthen Full-Line Enterprise Storage Solutions Strategy

Sunnyvale, CA - October 1, 2002 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced deepened and expanded partnerships with Brocade, Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL), and VERITAS Software that enhance the company's enterprise solutions portfolio. These partnerships allow Network Appliance to offer customers the broadest range of storage solutions designed to handle SAN and NAS storage environments. This provides customers maximum flexibility and firmly establishes Network Appliance as the leading full-line enterprise storage solutions supplier for today's data-intensive enterprise.

These partnerships accelerate Network Appliance's move into different segments of the storage market. The company's OEM agreement with Brocade facilitates Network Appliance's entry into the SAN market space, allowing the companies' mutual customers to take advantage of the benefits of SAN and NAS to enhance storage networking simplicity and functionality. Oracle and Network Appliance today announced they continue to grow their alliance which includes joint usage of each other's products, along with tighter technology and support alignment. Additionally, Network Appliance has worked with VERITAS Software to qualify the FAS900 series with VERITAS Software's market-leading storage management and high availability software solutions.

Today's partnership announcements underscore the growing strength of Network Appliance in all parts of the enterprise IT landscape and highlight the value Network Appliance brings to customers by leveraging the expertise and reach of other technology leaders. For customers, today's agreements simplify the deployment of networked storage by providing seamless integration among infrastructure, applications, and management leaders.

"No single technology vendor can solve every customer's data needs," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "The Network Appliance approach has long been and continues to be to partner with industry leaders who can work collaboratively with us to deliver robust total solutions to customers with high returns, low costs, and trademark NetApp simplicity. Brocade, Oracle Corporation, and VERITAS Software are all immensely valuable to us as we expand our market presence and offer a full-line enterprise storage portfolio. For our customers, these partners are trusted advisors and collaborators who not only sell technology, but also offer expertise and intelligence that translate almost directly to bottom-line enterprise benefits."

To learn more about Network Appliance's strategic and global partners visit www.netapp.com.

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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"VERITAS looks forward to expanding its long-standing relationship with Network Appliance. We both understand that customers require solutions that ensure business continuance without unnecessary complexity," said Robert Soderbery, vice president of business development, VERITAS Software. "Working with Network Appliance demonstrates VERITAS Software's commitment to ensure that our solutions interoperate with the leading products in the storage industry."

Additional press releases are available today on the Network Appliance and Brocade relationship, and on the Oracle Corp. and Network Appliance relationship.

Press Contact:
Eric Brown
Network Appliance, Inc.
(408) 822-3463
ebrown@netapp.com