Network Appliance Named a Best Company to Work For in Research Triangle Park

Sunnyvale, Calif. - September 30, 2004 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) was honored this week by the Triangle Business Journal as "one of the best companies to work for in the Triangle." Network Appliance employees based in Research Triangle Park (RTP), responding to a survey from the publication, gave the company high marks for its positive work environment, exceptional benefits package, strong executive leadership, and effective manager relationships.

In July, the Sunnyvale, California-based enterprise data storage provider received a grant from the state of North Carolina allowing it to expand its offices in RTP. Network Appliance continues to build business policies and work environments that will retain the brightest minds and recruit highly talented individuals from the area.

In 2003 and 2004, FORTUNE magazine named Network Appliance as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" based on employee surveys, employee demographics, benefits and compensation, and work-life balance offerings. NetApp also made San Jose Magazine's "50 Best Companies to Work For" list in 2003 based on a variety of benefits and perks, and IDG's Computerworld listed NetApp as one of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT" in 2003.

"NetApp is honored to receive this award," said Ken Hibbard, vice president, Storage Protocols and Solutions at Network Appliance. "Our employees are truly responsible for making this company a great place to work. Their hard work and contributions build upon NetApp business value and drive our growth as we develop new and exciting storage solutions for some of the world's largest organizations."

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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