Network Appliance Prevents Pollution and Earns Acterra Business Environmental Award
Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 22, 2004 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of
enterprise network storage solutions, today announced it has been
awarded the Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource
Conservation by Acterra, a leading San Francisco Bay Area
environmental organization. NetApp received the award for excelling
in implementing and promoting pollution prevention. The award
reinforces the ongoing Network Appliance ecological commitment to
its community and employees.
Founded in 1990, Acterra's Business Environmental Awards highlight
and honor innovative programs and outstanding achievements that
contribute to a sustainable Bay Area. The Susanne Wilson Award is
given to companies to reward improvements in operation or
production processes which reduce the consumption of resources
(water, materials, and energy) and minimize the generation of toxic
and/or persistent pollutants.
The Acterra Board of Directors selected Network Appliance for the
design of its new data center, which included innovative
energy-efficient primary and backup power and cooling systems for
the company's mission-critical operations. In particular, key
design elements that included the NetApp on-site cogeneration using
natural gas engines, battery-free UPS using rotary flywheel
technology, and absorption chillers utilizing environmentally
benign silica gel as a refrigerant were some of the emerging design
technologies incorporated into the design. Cogeneration, also known
as combined heat and power (CHP), is the simultaneous production of
electricity and heat from the same fuel or energy. Facilities with
cogeneration systems, such as the Network Appliance data center,
produce their own electricity and use excess heat for process
steam, hot water heating, space heating, and other thermal needs,
thereby increasing resource efficiency and reducing energy
Award judges cited the company's cogeneration system, chiller, UPS
selection, and numerous other energy-efficient features as "key
factors" in their selection criteria. According to judges, the
company demonstrated a commitment to the environment with the
implementation of its unique data center design and recognized the
blueprint as a model for other companies to follow for environment
preservation. "Network Appliance is dedicated to innovation, be it
the development of the world's first unified storage solution or
the design of a unique energy solution that contributes to a
healthy environment," said Dan Hoffman, design and construction
manager at Network Appliance. "We are honored to be recognized for
our efforts and hope we can share what we have learned so others
can help to preserve our ecological surroundings."
The Business Environmental Network is a program of Acterra, a Palo
Alto-based nonprofit environmental organization formed from the
September 2000 merger of Bay Area Action and the Peninsula
Conservation Center Foundation.
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.
Jaime Leigh Le
Network Appliance Inc.