CreekPath Systems Harnesses the Power of NetApp® Manage ONTAP™ to Further Enhance Its Storage Operations Management Suite for NetApp Solutions

Boulder County, Colo. and Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 17, 2003 -- CreekPath Systems, an award-winning, independent software vendor, and Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, today announced that the CreekPath Suite is leveraging the NetApp Manage ONTAP Software Developers' Kit (SDK) to provide visualization, monitoring, and reporting for the NetApp unified storage platform.

With the manage ONTAP SDK CreekPath can take advantage of the newly available collection of APIs to create a flexible storage operations management product for NetApp storage. Manage ONTAP allows CreekPath to deliver added value and functionality to customers, enabling them to optimize performance and reduce the overall cost of storage administration. The partnership between Network Appliance and CreekPath improves ROI for customers by bringing simplicity to operations management through development work and open standards support.

"CreekPath's participation in the NetApp Advantage Developer program has led to the development of a feature-rich solution that provides value to enterprise customers with a single pane of glass for the management of DAS, SAN, and NAS storage, which reduces training costs and increases productivity," said Scott Hansbury, vice president of marketing and business development, CreekPath Systems.

"In the end it is the ability to solve customer challenges and data storage requirements that drives both NetApp's business and our partners' businesses," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "Our collaboration with CreekPath enables both companies to tackle customers' requirements for tightly integrated solutions that simplify management of heterogeneous storage networks."

The CreekPath Storage Operations Management Suite is designed for organizations that have deployed or are planning to deploy a storage network. The CreekPath Suite includes a broad range of functions aggregated from the traditional point tools such as SRM, SNM, Security, Performance, and Service-Level Management that enable administrators to actively manage and automate their entire storage network. The product integrates all of the functions of managing storage from the application level to the individual disk drive in a storage array.

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.

About CreekPath Systems

CreekPath Systems is an award-winning, independent software vendor that is dedicated to helping organizations obtain the maximum value from their storage networks. CreekPath simplifies, stabilizes, and secures the storage management process by enabling people to visualize and control their storage operations, maximizing efficiency through a single management console. Using the CreekPath Storage Operations Management Suite, its customers have achieved dramatic reductions in capital and administrative costs while at the same time improving service levels to their users. Visit the CreekPath Web site at www.creekpath.com for more information.

Press Contacts:

Jaime Leigh Le
Network Appliance, Inc.
408-822-3761
jle@netapp.com

Jennifer Dunlap
CreekPath Systems
303-845-1069
jdunlap@creekpath.com