Network Appliance Wins Australian Technology & Business Magazine's Editor's Choice Award

Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 10, 2004 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, has announced that the NetApp FAS250 unified storage system has won Australian Technology & Business Magazine's coveted 'Editor's Choice' award.

In a detailed comparison between four leading network-attached storage (NAS) offerings reviewed by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's independent RMIT Test Labs, the NetApp FAS250 outscored its rivals across the four categories of Interoperability, Future-proofing, ROI, and Service.

In determining its Editor's Choice, Australian Technology & Business Magazine evaluated the four offerings against the requirements of a typical company facing a "rapid expansion in its email and other storage needs," and requiring "1TB of total storage in one or two units, with gigabit Ethernet or fibre channel connections." Other areas of importance considered included ease of system management, ease of integration with other systems, design for maximum uptime, and performance.

In determining the winner, the magazine stated, "When considering the scenario the NetApp FAS250 stood out, not only because it was blindingly fast but also because of the special attention that was placed on redundancy. The FAS250 also ships with a comprehensive software suite that will help you manage and easily integrate with current systems."

Product Details

The FAS250 establishes new reliability, availability, and scalability thresholds for entry-level enterprise storage and was designed from the ground up to handle today's data-intensive workgroup, department, and distributed enterprise applications. The system is the industry's first unified (SAN/NAS) storage appliance for entry-level enterprises. The FAS250 is designed for NAS and/or iSCSI SAN environments with support for iSCSI, CIFS, NFS, and HTTP protocols. Within the FAS250 shrunken head, the system supports up to 1TB via 36-, 72-, or 144GB Fibre Channel drives.

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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