Network Appliance Joins OSDL

Beaverton, Ore. and Sunnyvale, Calif. - December 10, 2003 -- The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, today announced that Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, has joined OSDL and will bolster the Lab's storage initiatives by participating in the OSDL Data Center Linux (DCL) Working Group.

"Linux is becoming mainstream in large enterprises and is creating new challenges for storage," said Suresh Vasudevan, vice president of Product Marketing at Network Appliance. "By working closely with OSDL, we can better address these challenges with innovative and cost effective storage solutions that can accelerate the adoption of Linux in the enterprise."

With the expected release of the final 2.6 production kernel later this year, Linux will bring a host of new features and capabilities that will make it increasingly attractive in data center computing. Among the most important areas where Linux will make inroads is storage.

"OSDL's Data Center Linux Working Group includes more than 20 of the world's leading vendors at the center of Linux standardization, all working together to grow the market for Linux even faster," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "Network Appliance brings us key networked storage expertise for Linux environments that will accelerate our progress in helping deliver Linux solutions to enterprise customers."

About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)

OSDL-home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux-is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. Founded in 2000 and supported by a global consortium of Linux customers and IT industry leaders, OSDL is a non-profit organization that provides Linux expertise and computing and test facilities in the United States and Japan available to developers around the world. OSDL members include Alcatel, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, Force Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC Corporation, Network Appliance, Nokia, Novell, NTT COMWARE, NTT DATA INTELLILINK, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, SUSE LINUX, TimeSys, Toshiba, Transmeta Corporation, Turbolinux, Ulticom, Unilever and VA Software. Visit OSDL on the Web.

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.

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