Network Appliance Achieves Leadership Status in the First Enterprise Network-Attached Storage METAspectrum Publication

Sunnyvale, CA - February 24, 2003 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions, today announced that it has been ranked as a market leader in META Group's recently released METAspectrumSM for enterprise network-attached storage. META Group's findings further validate that Network Appliance continues to enhance and expand its storage strategy through products, solutions, programs, and partnerships that bring powerful functionality and scalability to customers and broaden the company's overall market reach.

META Group (NASDAQ: METG), a leading research and consulting firm that focuses on information technology and business transformation strategies, recently released the new METAspectrum analysis, which evaluated several network-attached storage (NAS) products from companies such as Auspex, EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Network Appliance, and VERITAS Software Corporation. The analysis was based on categories such as vision/strategy, channels/partners, awareness/reputation, geographic coverage, business drivers, industry focus, technology, services, pricing, execution, and financials.

Network Appliance was positioned as a leader in the METAspectrum analysis, and was specifically recognized for its ability to innovate and differentiate itself through technology developments. The METAspectrum analysis also acknowledged Network Appliance's ability to broaden its investments and products into the SAN marketplace with its NetApp® FAS900 series and storage solutions and noted the company's sales channel expansion based on its agreement with Hitachi Data Systems.

"Being recognized as a leader in network-attached storage by META group reaffirms our commitment to deliver the highest performing, cost-effective storage solutions, products, partnerships, and services to our enterprise customers," said Phil Williams, vice president of Global Alliances and Strategy at Network Appliance. "Our vision continues to be based on delivering products/solutions that leverage new technology advancements and meet current needs."

"Companies in the METAspectrum analysis were evaluated on the most important presence and performance criteria in today's marketplace," said Phil Goodwin, program director, META Group. "Vendors positioned with well-defined products and services and high-levels of customer satisfaction will continue to succeed in this space."

About METAspectrum

METAspectrum evaluations from META Group (NASDAQ: METG) provide IT professionals with a view into critical market success factors and vendor positioning. METAspectrum, in combination with META Group's SPEX modules-which provide detailed technical analysis of product features and capabilities-delivers comprehensive evaluations of both technology markets and vendor product offerings. There are multiple market evaluations planned for release in 2002. METAspectrum evaluations are a standard component of a META Group retainer service subscription and are updated quarterly, biannually, or annually, depending on the characteristics of individual markets. To view completed market evaluations, or learn more about the METAspectrum methodology, visit www.metagroup.com/metaspectrum. For more information on META Group's SPEX offerings, visit www.checkspex.com.

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 technology, product and partner firsts that continue to drive the evolution of storage. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.

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Network Appliance, Inc.
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