Network Appliance™ NearStore™ R100 Named 2003 Product of the Year by Network Magazine

Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 21, 2003 -- Network Appliance today announced that Network Magazine has awarded the NetApp® NearStore R100, an integrated disk-to-disk backup solution, 2003's Best Product of the Year within the storage hardware category. The award recognizes the NetApp NearStore storage solution as an outstanding technical achievement, deemed most significant to the network IT community by Network Magazine. The publication's acknowledgment reinforces Network Appliance's winning approach to solving customer challenges for storage consolidation, business continuance, and data center storage needs with an appliance architecture that provides maximum performance, simplicity, and scalability.

The NetApp NearStore R100 provides economical, scalable, and easily managed secondary storage that integrates seamlessly within enterprise network infrastructures. The fast-access NearStore handles nearline-based applications including backup and recovery, reference information, online archival, and remote disaster recovery. NearStore complements and dramatically improves existing tape backup processes by inserting economical and simple-to-use disk-based storage between application storage and tape libraries, in a two-stage backup configuration.

"As a leader and innovator in enterprise network storage, Network Appliance is honored to be selected by Network Magazine for our innovative NearStore R100 storage solution," said Kort van Bronkhorst, senior director of communications at Network Appliance. "Our proven ability to deliver solutions that meet customer needs drives our success. Network Magazine's recognition further validates our abilities to provide customers with quality, comprehensive business continuance solutions without added administration costs."

The Network Magazine honor is the latest tribute in a series of award achievements that NetApp solutions have attained, such as winning eWEEK's third annual Excellence Awards and being named one of Storage Magazine's best products of 2002. As part of the publication's assessment process, the Network Magazine annual Product of the Year Awards are presented to companies that released industry-significant products and services in the 2002 calendar year. Products are evaluated on broad appeal of the product or service to the reader community based on competitive enhancements, price and performance advantages, technical ingenuity, new features and applications, and serviceability to the market.

Details on all winners of the Network Magazine awards are available online.

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.

Contact:

Jaime Leigh Le
Network Appliance
408.822.3761
jle@netapp.com