Sunnyvale, Calif. - January 20, 2004 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), today announced that
AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest retailer of both new
and used vehicles, has deployed a Network Appliance Internet access
and security solution to reduce costs and significantly limit
security risks. AutoNation selected the NetApp solution to
cost-effectively manage Internet access for over 25,500 of its
employees across 300 locations nationwide.
"One out of every ten of AutoNation's sales transactions takes
place on the Web, and all our dealership management system
applications are Internet-based," said Brian Fritz, director of IT
Systems, AutoNation. "The NetApp solution enabled AutoNation to
reduce costs and improve employee productivity. In addition to the
annual productivity savings, AutoNation has also experienced a
reduction in bandwidth usage that will extend the life of our
existing dealership network infrastructure."
The NetApp appliance-based approach to Internet access management
provides proven reliability, minimizing the time required for
maintenance and administration. This approach gave AutoNation the
confidence to deploy NetApp NetCache® appliances running
webwasher AG's DynaBLocator™ content-filtering software
across 300 dealership locations. AutoNation has also deployed
webwasher's Content Reporter™ software for managing and
analyzing Internet traffic.
"The NetApp solution has reduced our short-term costs significantly
and has also 'future proofed' our infrastructure," said Fritz.
"Moving forward, as our business needs change we will be able to
leverage the NetApp systems when we deploy new Web applications
such as streaming video."
"Non business-related Internet usage equates to lost productivity
and other potentially unwanted costs," said Amit Pandey, vice
president and general manager, Content Delivery Business Unit,
Network Appliance. "To protect themselves, corporations need to
proactively take measures to effectively manage employee Internet
access and security. The NetApp solution offers enterprise
customers such as AutoNation significant cost savings, improved
Internet security, and the ability to support a wide range of
content-rich Web applications, all backed by world-class global
AutoNation, Inc., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is
America's largest retailer of both new and used vehicles. Ranked
No. 93 on the 2003 Fortune 500 and a component of the Standard and
Poor's 500 Index, AutoNation employs approximately 28,500 people
and owns and operates 373 new vehicle franchises in 17 states. For
additional information, please visit
www.AutoNation.com, where more than 100,000
vehicles are available for sale.
About webwasher AG
webwasher AG is one of the leading providers of Internet security
solutions for companies and public institutions. On the basis of
their own technology developments as well as by cooperating with
leading technology partners, the company develops and markets
innovative products for the growing Content Security Management
market. With Internet Access Management, Internet Content
Filtering, E-mail and Spam Filtering, Virus Protection and
Reporting, companies can optimize their Internet usage and protect
themselves effectively and efficiently from threats and annoyances
arising from the Internet. The server-based WebWasher solutions are
deployed by over 4,000 companies worldwide-among them 20 U.S.
Fortune 500 companies. Webwasher has established strategic
partnerships with Network Appliance, Check Point, Computer
Associates, and Network Associates.
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.