Network Appliance Continues to Lead Efforts Promoting Widespread Adoption of IP-based SAN Storage Solutions

Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 30, 2004 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), today announced that David Dale, industry evangelist, was appointed chairperson of the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA's) IP Storage Forum. Coupled with the efforts of the IPS Forum to drive the widespread adoption of IP-based SAN storage solutions, Dale's selection as chair illustrates the ongoing Network Appliance commitment to be an active participant in the SNIA's drive to advance the global adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted networked storage solutions.

Dale's appointment to the IPS Forum Board of Directors demonstrates the Network Appliance focus on solving customer challenges and ongoing leadership in promoting and accelerating the adoption of standards-based SAN storage solutions that utilize IP networks. IP storage solutions enable organizations to maximize their existing IT investments while more broadly deploying efficient, cost-effective networked data management solutions. As a provider of IP storage solutions, Network Appliance offers unified storage options to customers seeking secure, reliable, and flexible storage consolidation, business continuance, data protection, disaster recovery, and archive and reference solutions.

Sheila Childs, chair of the SNIA, said, "The Storage Networking Industry Association is established as the point of cohesion for developers of storage and networking products, as well as users of storage solutions. The accomplishments of the SNIA IP Storage Forum epitomize the overall goals of our association. By providing education, training and real-life demonstrations, the forum is poised to build on its success throughout the year ahead."

The new Board, representing the 30-member SNIA IPS Forum, also consists of the vice chair, Peter Hunter of EqualLogic; the marketing chair, Prasad Pammidimukkala of McData; the treasurer, Don Mead of FalconStor Software; and the membership and business development chair, Vijay Ramaswamy of Adaptec.

About the SNIA IPS Forum
The IP Storage Forum is focused on driving the broad adoption of IP-based SAN storage solutions. The Forum fulfills its mission by:

  • Promoting IP storage, its standards, and the industry's implementation of these standards
  • Promoting the value of IP storage solutions to the industry and its customers
  • Accelerating SNIA's evolution to a worldwide organization embracing all storage networking technologies
  • Conducting and promoting interoperability demonstrations and plug-fests
  • Conducting and engaging SNIA committees to accomplish extensive education and end-user outreach programs

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About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization, made up of more than 300 companies and individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to advance the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For information, visit the SNIA Web site at

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

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