Architectural Firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Deploys Global Enterprise Storage Solution from Network Appliance

Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 25, 2003 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, today announced that architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has chosen NetApp to build its enterprise network storage platform to simplify its network storage, lower its storage TCO and deploy a disaster recovery and business continuance solution. With more than 65 years of architecture, engineering and planning projects in over 50 countries, including Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, Lever House in New York City, San Francisco International Airport and the Sears Tower in Chicago, SOM needed a way to store, share and manage the tremendous amount of digital design data produced by its architects around the world.

To more efficiently store and manage the large amounts of data generated by architectural drawings, SOM has deployed a NetApp NearStore™ system, which provides a centralized information store for remote disaster recovery and business continuance in tandem with NetApp storage systems and SnapMirror®, SnapRestore®, and DataFabric® Manager software in SOM's London, New York, Chicago and San Francisco offices.

"NetApp has met and exceeded our expectations. We deployed the NetApp solutions to simplify administration and save money, but we also achieved business continuance, greater reliability and other benefits in the bargain," said Henry King, CIO for SOM. "We can see that we'll derive financial benefits even beyond the substantial reduction in costs."

By consolidating its storage and reducing its server count by nearly 40%, SOM has gained a total cost of ownership savings of more than half a million dollars. The NetApp solution has also enabled optimized storage resource utilization and streamlined administration. SOM's global storage network is more stable, and planned downtime has minimal impact on user productivity.

Network Appliance offers highly available, scalable and cost-effective storage consolidation solutions that incorporate the NetApp enterprise storage platform and the feature-rich functionality of data and resource management software to deliver storage with simplified backup and reduced recovery time as well as the ability to add storage without downtime.

About SOM

Founded in Chicago in 1936, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP has undertaken more than 10,000 architecture, engineering, interior design, urban design and planning projects in more than 50 countries. Throughout its history, SOM has been recognized with more than 800 awards for quality and innovation, 125 of which have been received in the past 10 years. In 1996 SOM received the American Institute of Architects' Firm Award, recognizing the distinguished design work of the firm as a whole. As the first winner of this award when it was established in 1961, SOM is the only firm to have received this prestigious honor twice. The firm currently has offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, London, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Indianapolis and Sao Paolo.

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