Network Appliance FAS900 Named Best Enterprise IT Product/Service of the Year

Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 7, 2003 -- Cited for its ability to "successfully blend" and enable enterprise corporations to manage data for the first time across both network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SAN), Network Appliance's FAS900 unified storage platform was named a winner in eWEEK's third annual Excellence Awards program in the category "Enterprise Storage."

The eWEEK Excellence Awards program provides enterprise IT professionals a benchmark to assess a wide range of technology products and services. The eWEEK Excellence Award this year drew over 760 entries. Award judges included eWEEK Labs analysts and eWEEK corporate partners who qualified winners based on the products' ability to maximize technical and human resources.


The FAS900 series establishes new performance, scalability, and capacity thresholds for the storage industry and enterprise storage customers, and was designed from the ground up to handle today's compute- and data-intensive enterprise applications including database, data warehousing, collaborative, and messaging environments. The FAS900 series platform supports both SAN and NAS topologies, making it the industry's first unified storage engine.

"Network Appliance is honored to be selected by eWEEK for our FAS900 series storage platform," said Kort van Bronkhorst, senior director of communications at Network Appliance. "eWEEK is one of the world's premier technology publications and is recognized for its editorial quality, keen industry analysis, and strong news coverage. This award validates our technology innovation and the customers who have recognized that NAS and SAN have converged." As the award judges at eWEEK noted, the "NetApp® FAS900 series storage appliance successfully blends the capabilities of NAS and SANs into a single hardware platform and may eliminate the 'SAN or NAS' spending debates that go on in most IT shops."

Details on all winners of the eWeek Excellence Awards are available online at
www.eweek.com.

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