Giga Information Group's TEI™ Study Finds Network Appliance Delivers Positive Economic Impact for Nearline Storage

Sunnyvale, CA - October 29, 2002 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, today announced that Giga Information Group, an independent technology advisory research firm, released the first study determining the Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) of Network Appliance™ NearStore® R100 data backup and recovery solutions in customer environments. More than just total cost of ownership, TEI quantifies the full impact of a technology investment. Data was obtained directly from current NetApp® customer deployments to analyze cost, benefits, flexibility, and risk metrics that reflected the economic impact of each customer's business environment.

Key findings included in the Giga Information Group study:

  • Network Appliance NearStore backup and recovery solutions can result in a 98% TEI return on investment (ROI) in a 15-month payback period
  • Total three-year IT cost savings were, on average, $248,125 for a representative company
  • Total three-year business benefits (ROI) were, on average, $375,000 for the representative company

Customers also concluded that:

  • NearStore minimizes the backup window, thereby increasing system availability
  • NearStore gave them the ability to enhance their backup and recovery processes, as well as reduce the costs of backup and recovery
  • The NearStore solution speeds data recovery by restoring data faster than tape, increasing application uptime

The report from Giga Information Group is the first TEI research to be conducted that centers on storage solutions specifically designed for nearline storage environments.

About Giga Information Group

Giga Information Group is a leading global technology advisory firm that provides objective research, pragmatic advice and personalized consulting. Emphasizing close interaction between analyst and client, Giga enables companies to make better strategic decisions that maximize technology investments and achieve business results.

Founded in 1995, Giga is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. and has offices throughout the Americas and Europe-as well in Latin America, Asia/Pacific and the Middle East.

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered fast, simple, and reliable solutions that continue to drive the evolution of storage.

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