SAS Selects Network Appliance as the Storage Infrastructure for SAS® IntellivisorSM for Financial Services

Seattle, WA - March 31, 2003 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, today announced that the leading business intelligence provider, SAS, chose NetApp as its storage solution provider to power SAS IntelliVisor for Financial Services, an application service provider (ASP) offering. SAS has deployed multiple terabytes of Network Appliance™ storage including the NetApp FAS900 series unified storage systems and NetApp nearline backup and rapid restore solutions that include NearStore™ devices and SnapMirror® software.

The NetApp storage solutions will enable SAS to rapidly store and access the vast amounts of data needed for SAS IntelliVisor for Financial Services, including web logs, reports, email, home directories, and graphic-intensive software development information. Additionally, the simplified architecture of these solutions will provide the application with maximum operational efficiency, lowering total cost of ownership and increasing uptime.

"By consolidating disparate database information and ensuring accuracy, business intelligence software can be a very powerful tool," said Richard Roach, senior director of SAS' ASP Marketing. "Our decision to support and deploy NetApp storage solutions as the storage platform for one of our ASP offerings allows SAS to share common storage, personnel, and processes across the application resulting in lower cost and higher availability."

"The storage infrastructure for SAS applications must be highly available, plug seamlessly into heterogeneous environments, and be simple to scale and manage," said Phil Williams, vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "The NetApp unified storage solutions address the three most significant challenges that IT organizations face today: storage consolidation, data center operations, and business continuance."

For information on how NetApp solutions are utilized within SAS environments visit, www.netapp.com/us/solutions/solution-partners/application/

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