Network Appliance Joins the Intel® Enterprise Server Acceleration Alliance

Sunnyvale, CA - August 18, 2005 - Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today joined the Intel Enterprise Server Acceleration Alliance (ESAA). As a member of the alliance, NetApp® unified storage systems-including the fabric-attached storage (FAS) product suite, V-Series virtualization systems for multivendor storage environments, NearStore® nearline storage systems, NetApp Snapshot™ technology, and powerful Data ONTAP™ 7G software armed with FlexVol™ and FlexClone™ technology-will be precertified to work with Intel-based server configurations. NetApp membership will help enable the delivery of easy-to-manage, cost-effective enterprise storage solutions.

The objectives of the Alliance are to validate key software and hardware components on Intel-based server platforms and to provide precertified solutions to Intel worldwide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners. Membership in the Alliance provides Intel OEMs and channel partners with "recipes" for building validated server solutions that are cost-effective, reduce implementation and management complexity, and meet the certification standards of independent software vendors (ISVs) and independent hardware vendors (IHVs). Through the Alliance, OEMs and channel partners can confidently and cost-effectively offer reliable, high-quality solutions to their customers.

"Our modular, single-architecture approach to enterprise storage provides our select channel partners a unique advantage to simplify building, deploying, and managing storage solutions," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners at Network Appliance. "The ESAA is about simplifying and expediting the certification process. This maps very well to the core NetApp value of simplifying data management-whether that's targeted at our customers, our channel partners, or our technology partners. We are pleased to be a part of the ESAA."

"As a member of ESAA, NetApp will be able to reduce certification barriers, enabling a broad range of OEM alliance members to deliver more comprehensive, reliable, high-quality server solutions to their end users," said Kirk Skaugen, general manager, Server Platforms Group, Intel Corporation.

Alliance membership enables NetApp to provide a validated collaborative solution to help the Intel channel significantly reduce the cost of delivering a variety of NetApp unified storage solutions for data protection and compliance. The initial solutions will address ERP applications, databases, e-mail, disk-to-disk backup and archival, high-performance computing (HPC), utility and grid computing, and iSCSI solutions.

For more information about the Intel Enterprise Server Acceleration Alliance, visit www.intel.com/go/esaa.

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