Network Appliance Listed in "Leader" Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Array

Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 3, 2004 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), the leader in advanced networked storage solutions, was listed as a "leader" for midrange enterprise disk arrays in Gartner's research note "Magic Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Array, 1H04."1 Gartner defines leaders as companies that are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction, and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

"We are honored to be listed in the leader quadrant in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for midrange enterprise disk arrays. We believe this demonstrates the growth in NetApp® SAN-based storage installations over the last 18 months," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "We are gaining substantial momentum in the SAN market and are pleased to provide our customers the consolidation, scalability and management benefits of enterprise-level SAN solutions."

Network Appliance™ SAN solutions provide an unmatched combination of high-performance, robustness, and ease-of-use for Windows®, Solaris®, HP/UX, IBM AI/X, and Linux® computing platforms. A complementary family of layered software products that include SnapDrive™ and SnapManager® enable simple storage provisioning and data management across the entire product family. In addition, NetApp enterprise storage systems function as "unification engines" that simultaneously support Fibre Channel and iSCSI SANs and network-attached storage (NAS).

The Gartner research note is available from Gartner at www.gartner.com. The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted July 2004 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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.

1 Gartner Dataquest, "1H04 Update: Magic Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Arrays, 2004."

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Network Appliance, Inc.
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